Premium gift? Best driving experience in the whole world ever? Racing car to end all racing cars? Petrolhead Heaven?
All these and more come to mind when trying to describe this pinnacle of every motorist’s ambition.
Forget rallying, forget off road and 4×4, forget dragsters and any other four wheeled means of transport. When you’ve driven a real live formula one car, you’ve done it all. (Well we know they’re not actually LIVE, but they’re the next best thing, and when you’re tested your skill and right foot on one, you may well think they are!)
It’s not a cheap experience, but then how much is Motoring Heaven worth to you? These beauties cost millions to develop and build, so you can’t expect a one-off like this to be cheap. AND the F1 days do cover overnight accommodation for two, so they’re not so dear as they might seem. For that special gift, or as a treat for yourself just because you deserve it, this is the one experience that we recommend without reservation. It will be money well spent and you’ll have a smile on your face for weeks afterwards.
Cheapest formula one experience?
Well strangely enough, some are cheaper than others, for more or less the same experience.
All these F1 days take place at the famous Three Sisters racetrack in Wigan, Lancashire. They all cover similar instruction, practice, and a range of cars getting faster and faster to prepare you for the big one, and they all include meals and overnight accommodation for you and a partner.
So we recommend starting with the cheapest, checking out the detail of the cars, and when you’re happy, buy there and then. If you save a few pounds, that can go towards next time!!
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Gosh, that seems a bit steep doesn’t it? But how about if we think about some more, here’s what you’re actually getting in the price
- Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea served during the day
- Overnight hotel with dinner and breakfast for you and one guest
- Sports car familiarisation session – 5 laps with instructor driving
- Detailed advice and guidance on high-speed techniques
- Sports car session – 10 laps driving analysis from a professional racing driver
- Aston Martin session – 6 laps
- Ferrari 360 session – 6 laps
- Single Seater session laps with pace car and then without pace car
- Formula 3 session – 10 laps with no pace car
- Formula 1 session – 10 laps with no pace car
OK, anyone would agree that’s an awesome list. The hotel and meals alone would come to a couple of hudred pounds, but when you factor in each individual experience – Ferraris, single seaters, formula 3 and formula 1, individually they’d easily come to double the asking price, and that’s if they were even available!
What they’ve done here is come up with a training end experience package that will help you get the most from the F1 car when you get to drive it. You’ll have the background and the techniques and you’ll know every bend of the track so you really open up on the accelerator.
I’m getting all misty-eyed just thinking about it!
If that’s a bit steep for you, have a look at these single seater experiences. Not an F1 car, but a lot cheaper and a similar feeling!
Formula One car driving review
As we said, all these experiences are pretty similar and operated by the same people at the same place. It’s just that they’re marketed by different experience providers.
So what happens on your formula 1 experience?
First, the catering arrangements.
You get all meals while you’re there, breakfast, lunch and tea. Then after your drive, you even get hotel accommodation with dinner and breakfast for you and a partner. So if your partner doesn’t want to watch your racing driver technique improving over the day, then this is a good opportunity for them to perform a spot of retail therapy locally before you meet up to enjoy your dinner and overnight stay.
Now, the driving.
If you got straight out of your own car into a F1 car, then the odds are that you would either seriously prang the motor, kill yourself or both. The feel, sensation and whole driving experience of handling one of these thoroughbreds is so alien from anything you’ve ever come across before that much of the day goes into preparing you gradually for this driving thrill par excellence.
You’ll get an in-depth familiarisation on safety and high-speed driving methods and techniques and be taken on a high speed trip in a sports car by an instructor.
This first trip alone will probably be faster and hairier than you’ve ever been driven before, but believe us, it’s only the beginning!
There will follow a number of sessions in ever-speedier motors such as Aston Martins, Ferraris, Porsches, some with the instructor driving, some with you at the wheel, as he guides you steadily into becoming more and more competent at speed. Thought you were a good fast driver? Well the first few laps here will make you think again – but you certainly will be at the end of the day.
The instructor’s role is to demonstrate technique, explain high speed driving, and evaluate your progress throughout the day so that your pinnacle of driving achievement, the Formula One car drive itself, is safe, very fast, and thoroughly satisfying.
After some exhilarating high speed driving in classic supercars, it’s time to progress to the single seater. Yes, that’s you and your right foot in total control showing how much you’ve learnt. There’ll be laps following a pace car to help you get acclimatised to the need for speed, then fantastic eyeballs out laps on your own.
Single seater progresses to a Formula Three car – you’re nearly there, but still so far away. We’re talking an ultralight car with two hundred horses and revving up to 7,000 rpm, but it’s only the start of the ladder for Formula 1 drivers
No sooner are you getting used to the Formula Three experience when it’s time for you to be whisked into the real deal.
Until you’ve actually sat in that F1 seat, engaged gear and blasted away at an acceleration like nothing else on earth, you really can’t imagine the feeling. The climax of the whole day, ten brilliant laps with just you and the thoroughbred mechanical beast, and a few square inches of rubber holding you to the tarmac, will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
So scroll back up, check out your F1 experience, and Thunderbirds Are Go!!!
Oh, and while you’re waiting for your tickets, check out this Youtube video of another lucky F1 Experience driver showing how it’s done.