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Porsche continue to make some of the world's most iconic and exciting sports cars. With handling and acceleration that has to be experienced to be believed, it's your turn to find out what makes these cars legendary. Start off with a short briefing from a qualified instructor. What happens next depends on venue: at Prestwold Hall, Rockingham, Castle Combe, Oxfordshire or Staffordshire circuits, tear around for between six and seven miles in the 997 version of the 911. At Prodrive, Bruntingthorpe, Elvington or Long Marston, drive the awesome 996 Turbo for between four and five laps. So buckle up and enjoy the pinnacle of German engineering!
Availability varies between the venues. We do recommend allowing several weeks booking notice for this popular experience.
Restrictions vary but as a guide, maximum weight is between 17 and 19 stone. Minimum height is 4'11'' - 5'2'' and maximum is between 6'3'' and 6'6''. A full manual driving licence must be produced on the day to guarantee participation.
Driving might be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions (e.g. snow, ice, heavy rain or high winds) which would make driving at speed dangerous.
Depending on the venue, this experience lasts from one to two hours in total, including approximately 10 minutes driving time.
All in-car tuition is on a one-to-one basis. Briefings are held in groups of up to 30 people. There are likely to be other vehicles on the track at the same time.
Spectators are welcome and they can even enjoy a free 4x4 off road passenger ride at some venues. Food and refreshments are available at all venues. Pets are not permitted at any circuit.
Dress comfortably (and warmly in winter) with trousers, long sleeves and narrow, flat-soled shoes to negotiate pedals that are close together. A helmet is provided.
At some venues you'll also be taken round the circuit in a hot hatch or a sports saloon to find the best racing lines before driving the Porsche.
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The guys at Thruxton were very well organised. Laid back but really efficient. There was no drama, everything flowed from one thing to another almost seamlessly. The instructor was very helpful and informative. gave criticism where it was due but without any feeling of patronising.
Really enjoyed the day. It was very busy and there were lots of cars on the track at the same time. However, I was totally focused on what I was doing and it was truly a thrilling experience which is still making me smile. Thoroughly recommend it. Took the full package with a video and photos included, and would recommend doing that too. Just watch going down any single track roads on the way home!
Excellent day, the more times you do it the better you get
This was a present for my Dad and he absolutely loved it!! It was made even better by the fact we were at the Top Gear track! (Pure luck). You can also pay on the day so I ended up whizzing round the track in an Audi R8, it really was incredible. So impressed with the set up of it all I'm tempted to buy it as a gift for my hubby's birthday too! Thanks!
Had a great day with my family able to watch me, wish it had been longer so I could have got used to the car more. My grandson 9year old was thrilled to be able to sit in a Lamborghini.
This was a wonderful day, everyone was so helpful and friendly and the car was breathtaking.
I had a truly wonderful afternoon, everyone was so welcoming and friendly, the information video was excellent, slightly daunting, but once on the road it all came together. My instructor, John Reid, was very kind, calm, friendly, reassuring and extremely professional. It was not an event I would have booked for myself, but I am so glad my partner did, it was a birthday present. We have been talking about it none stop and I think I may be booking something for him, he fancies the Aston Martin. Thank you to all the staff very friendly and efficient. My incar DVD is brilliant. Came away with a very big smile on my face.
My husband had a great time driving & as spectators we did too. The 4 laps went very quickly, I think 5-6 laps would be more of an experience, I would certainly do this again at Dunsfold. Great to have food, drink and loo's too! All in all although busy, a great few hours spent
The instructor was brilliant and very much put me at ease. The briefings were very good and his attitude just made for a fantastic but all too brief session!
Very good well organised event. My family also enjoyed the day especially as they got to ride around the circuit in a Lotus.
Wicked experience, just a shame there were only 4 laps!
Really excellent talk and drive around the track
A brilliant morning - only 10 minutes in the car but a lifetime of memories. U-Drive has enhanced the experience by taking the drivers oiut around the course on a 'sighting lap' in a minibus so you're not seeing the circuit for the first time when sat in a supercar. Brilliant instructors, excellent briefing and generally very efficient staff. The only downside is the circuit itself - The track is laid out with cones which are a bit daunting (i.e. narrow) and also a bit difficult to 'read' the corners as there are so many of them!! It would be better ifg the track could be painted on 'Top Gear' style, but I imagine this might be a restriction of the airfiled itself which is a World Heritage site. Great value though better if you do a second drive for a discounted price.
I had an excellent day at thruxton on Sturday the weather was fantastic the afternoon was well organsied I had a great instructor in Rob. I managed to keep the car on the track and score a respectable 79% on my driving skills . I would have liked 6 laps rather then 4 but hey it was a day to remember.
Had a great time on the Porsche, next time going for a Manual!
The drive and information given on the two laps by the instructor in the Porsche Cayman was good and not too technical. During my drive all instructions, criticism and praise were all given in a friendly calm manner. Not sure if it would have been as informative in the instructors two lap drive if it had been in a car other than the Cayman as handling etc would have been different. All in all, a very good, exhilerating couple of hours very well spent.
I've done several trackdays recently, and although this wasn't the fastest car I've driven, Thruxton is easily the best venue I've been to for a trackday. From the moment I arrived everything was so well organised and unlike other venues there was no waiting around for a car to become available, no sooner had I finished the drivers' briefing I was introduced to my instructor and was out on track! I was particularly impressed with the fact that I was taken out in the Porsche for the familiarisation lap and that it was done on a 1-2-1 basis, the instructor was absolutely fantastic and really made me feel at ease with the car and the circuit. I'd definitely book another driving experience at Thruxton and would recommend this to anyone.
I booked this experience as a treat for myself having lost the best part of 75lb's in weight. The whole day was exactly what I was looking for, chance to watch all of the other cars going around the track, quick and simple to book in and a great briefing. The instructor was great - really patient, encouraging and all the instructors seemed to have a real passion for making sure everyone had a great day. Would recommend to anyone in a second!
This was a treat for my 21st from my brother and sister. Thanks to them I have had a really great experience.
Over all too quickly. Fast and efficient staff and organisation at the venue.
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