Driving an Formula 1-style single-seater racing car is unlike anything else. You're strapped into the open cockpit with your legs stretched out into the nose of the car, the steering wheel in front of you and the gearstick between your legs. You're only a couple of inches off the ground and you'll know it; you can feel every bump and quake, fighting not to oversteer, as your super-responsive car reacts to every tiny adjustment you make. Your experience starts with a briefing before you warm up with three laps in a Seat Ibiza Cupra. This is followed by two demonstration laps in a Seat Leon before strapping into a Honda Blackbird single-seater, driving solo for seven laps. There's a trophy for the day's best driver and everyone receives a certificate.
Selected weekday and weekend dates throughout the year. Weekends are always busy; book at least six to eight weeks in advance.
Minimum height is 5'1'', maximum is 6'4''. You must hold a full manual driving licence - bring it with you on the day.
Motor racing may be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions (e.g. snow, ice or severe rain) which would make driving at speed dangerous. Please call the venue if in any doubt.
Your experience will last for up to two and a half hours including a 15 minute briefing, tuition, driving time and a debrief. It is vital that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled start time to register.
There will a maximum of 28 people taking part, broken into smaller groups.
Spectators are welcome, get them to bring a camera. Please note that pets are not permitted at the circuit.
Wear trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and slim, flat-soled shoes, as the pedals in these cars are close together. Don't wear nylon. A helmet will be provided or you can bring your own if you have one.
These Honda Blackbird motorcycle-engined single-seaters are F1 styled racing cars with open cockpits, giving you a taste of real motor racing. Professional photographs can be purchased on the day.
From the moment I arrived at the race track the staff were friendly and well organised. When it got to the driving of the cars - in my case the Seat Leon Cupra and the single seater - there are no words for the handling and the speed that I experienced while on the track. For anyone thinking of doing this experience I would thoroughly recommend it.
Having just completed my experience at Knockhill Racing Circuit, I would like to pay tribute to both the Red Letter Days staff who made the booking process simple and a pleasure, and also the track staff, everyone from sign-in to the instructors were first class and showed true professionalism in the way they carry out their respective jobs. I cannot thank them enough, the tuition was world class, and the experience was something I will remember for a long time, thanks again!!
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