Drive an F1-style single-seater round a motor racing circuit
Get strapped into an open cockpit with legs stretched out into the nose of the car, the steering wheel in front and the gearstick between your legs. Only a couple of inches off the ground, feel every bump and vibration and fight not to oversteer, as the super-responsive car reacts to every tiny adjustment. This is driving at its limits, as done by the professionals. Start with a safety briefing about high-speed driving. At selected locations warm up with a session in a race-prepared sports saloon or sports car with the instructor, to learn the racing line and hone a circuit driving technique. Then strap in to the single-seater, driving solo, putting the theory into practice.
Most circuits operate at weekends and on selected weekdays. Weekends are always busy; please allow several weeks advance booking notice.
You need a full manual driving licence (bring it with you on the day). Restrictions vary according to venue but as a guide the maximum weight is between 16 and 18 stone, minimum height is 5'1'' to 5'2'' and maximum is 6'2'' to 6'5''.
Motor racing may be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions (like snow, ice or severe rain) which would make driving at speed dangerous. Give the venue a ring if you're in any doubt.
Sessions vary from circuit to circuit, but as a guide your experience lasts for one to two hours including briefing, tuition, driving time and a debrief.
Numbers on the Day
The number of participants varies; as a guide there will be around 20 people taking part, sharing six cars.
Spectators are welcome, get them to bring a camera. Spectator facilities vary from circuit to circuit but are generally very good. Pets are not allowed at any 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 is provided.