Formula 1 driving experiences – drive a racing car

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!)

The real thing is 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.

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!!

All our prices are updated in real time, so you’ll be the first to see any offers.

Two Seater High-Speed Racing Car Passenger Ride Experience - Virgin Experience Days Voucher

£89.00
£49.00  in stock
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Virginexperiencedays.co.uk
as of May 15, 2021

Get closer to the action with this remarkable Two Seater Racing Car Passenger Ride. Get that Formula 1 feeling as your professional racing driver throws you round the track at breakneck speeds. A turbo-charged affair, your race car boasts a 1.6 litre engine and a 0-60 time of sub-three seconds...

6 Mile Single Seater High-Speed Racing Car Driving Experience with Passenger Ride for Two - Virgin Experience Days Voucher

£208.00
£109.00  in stock
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as of May 15, 2021

Get together and get racing with electrifying drives in single-seaters. Helmets on, you’ll be right in the thick of the action as you take to the track in one of these super responsive vehicles. Feel the stunning grip, steering and acceleration as you channel your inner F1 driver for 6...

6 Mile Single Seater High-Speed Racing Car Driving Experience with Passenger Ride - Virgin Experience Days Voucher

£109.00
£79.00  in stock
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Virginexperiencedays.co.uk
as of May 15, 2021

Get as close to a racing drive as you can with an electrifying drive in a single seater. Helmet on, you’ll be right in the thick of the action as you take to the track in one of these super responsive vehicles. Feel the stunning grip, steering and acceleration as you channel your inner F1 driver...

Drive Silverstone Race Car Experience Gift Voucher with a ARDS-Licensed Instructor

£249.00  in stock
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as of May 15, 2021

Experience the atmosphere of Silverstone and feel like a genuine F1 racing driver with this Drive Silverstone Race Car Experience. At the home of the British Grand Prix, you can get the F1 feeling in the driving seat of an exquisite BMW M2. Sleek and stylish, it packs a punch with a top speed of...

20 Minute F1 Grand Prix Simulator Race Experience - Virgin Experience Days Voucher

£39.00  in stock
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as of May 15, 2021

Prepare to experience what it’s like to be a professional racing driver in this Simulator Race Experience for one. At Chandler’s Ford or Halifax you’ll compete against the other drivers in an adrenaline-fuelled race to the finish line. Starting off in a FF1600 simulator, you’ll get to grips with...

Ferrari F430 Extended Supercar Driving Experience At Thruxton - Virgin Experience Days Voucher

£305.00  in stock
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as of May 15, 2021

If you’ve always fancied life in the fast lane then get ready for this extended drive at Thruxton Motorsport Centre, where you’ll be jumping behind the wheel of three impressive sports cars.You’ll begin in the Porsche Caymen. Your experienced driving tutor will take to the wheel with you in the...

45 Minute Single Seater Racing Driver Experience - Virgin Experience Days Voucher

£175.00  in stock
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as of May 15, 2021

Enjoy the unforgettable thrill of driving a single seater racing car. You’ll receive an initial briefing, followed by instruction from an expert and time to become familiar with the track before being judged safe to drive solo and accelerate into the distance. There are three locations across the...

Morning Drive Silverstone Race Car Experience with a ARDS-Licensed Instructor - Virgin Experience Days Voucher

£249.00
£229.00  in stock
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Virginexperiencedays.co.uk
as of May 15, 2021

Channel your inner F1 racing driver with this Drive Silverstone Race Car Experience - Morning. At the home of the British Grand Prix, you’ll get the F1 feeling in the driving seat of an exquisite BMW M2. Sleek and stylish, it packs a punch with a 3 litre twin-turbocharged engine and a top speed...

Single Seater Driving Plus Two Racing Car Passenger Ride Experience Gift Voucher

£288.00
£145.00  in stock
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Virginexperiencedays.co.uk
as of May 15, 2021

The ultimate driving experience for lovers of speed. This exhilarating double-header will see you getting behind the wheel of a single seater before switching to the passenger seat for a flying ride in a two-seater version. First up, it’ll be your turn at the controls. Tricked out in your racing...

Car Racing Simulator Experience in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne for One

£34.30  in stock
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Redletterdays.co.uk
as of May 18, 2021

Satisfy a need for speed at Flight Sim Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and choose from a range of ‘vehicles’ including go karts, supercars, vintage cars and more!

Extended Formula Renault Racing Car Experience - Special Offer

£99.00  in stock
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Buyagift.co.uk
as of May 18, 2021

Make someone’s driving dreams come true with this fantastic Formula Renault 2.0 driving experience at a circuit of your choice! You’ll begin the experience with a full driver briefing and training session from a professional race driving coach so you’ll know exactly what to do when it comes to the big moment. You’ll also be kitted up in a race suit and will begin with a warm up lap so you can get the hang of the circuit. Then you’ll accelerate around the circuit for 5 unaccompanied laps, followed by a full debrief and several hints and tips before you head out again for another five exhilarating unaccompanied laps. A superb gift for your favourite adrenaline junkie!

Racing Car Driving Experience at Thruxton

£175.00  in stock
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as of May 18, 2021

This exhilarating racing car experience at Thruxton is a great chance to discover unbelievable speed on the fastest circuit in the UK! You’ll start with three laps in the Porsche Cayman, before driving unaccompanied for five unforgettable laps in a Formula Renault single seat racing car! That’s not all though – your high-octane experience will also include a white-knuckle high-speed passenger ride in a 260bhp hatchback!

Racing Car Experience - Midweek or Weekend

£229.00  in stock
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as of May 18, 2021

Show off your skills with 10 solo driving laps in your very own F1 style racing car. You can prepare for the challenge of your life with four coaching laps behind the wheel of the new Honda Civic Type R before you take your place on the track for the ultimate driving thrill. An expert instructor will run through a track briefing with you before giving you an in depth demonstration and you'll finish the day with a debrief, driver assessment and awards and certificates will make the perfect mementos of your day.

Car Racing Simulator Experience for One in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

£34.30  in stock
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Buyagift.co.uk
as of May 18, 2021

Motor Racing Simulator Session for Two in Hampshire

£90.00  in stock
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Redletterdays.co.uk
as of May 18, 2021

Motor Racing Simulator in Hampshire

£45.00  in stock
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Redletterdays.co.uk
as of May 18, 2021

Single-Seater Motor Racing at Anglesey Circuit

£179.00  in stock
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Redletterdays.co.uk
as of May 18, 2021

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.

4 thoughts on “Formula 1 driving experiences – drive a racing car

  • November 13, 2012 at
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    Over £1500. You could buy a second hand Micra for that!
    Fingers crossed for a lottery win.

    • November 13, 2012 at
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      Pricey but worth it Thomas (if you can afford it obviously)! Of all the big budget experiences, this one is really up there as a once in a lifetime treat that almost no-one else has done. And as we’ve pointed out, you can really see how they’ve come to that price when you see the individual bits added up.
      If you win the lottery you can buy your own f1 car and drive it to the shops.

  • November 13, 2012 at
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    People never realise how difficult it is to control an F1 car til you get in the cockpit and give it a spin yourself. Professional drivers make it look so easy, but they’ve got a mixture of talent and practice, and you need some of that to get the most from this experience. You can’t just get in a drive you know?

    • November 13, 2012 at
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      We think that’s the point of this experience though – there’s plenty of instruction before you get driving and there are some really knowledgeable people there who show you what an F1 car can (and can’t) do. Once you get driving it’s not up to professional F1 speeds (unless you turn out to be an f1 genius), but we can tell you it’s VERY fast and VERY powerful – certainly fast enough to make you feel like a Formula 1 driver (and scare yourself a bit too).

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