Drive the new Ferrari 458 Italia on the UK's fastest race circuit. You'll also drive the brand new Porsche Cayman and the Formula Renault racing car. A truly unique driving experience that you will not find anywhere else in the UK.
Drive the amazing Ferrari 458 Italia
Feel like an F1 driver in the Formula Renault Racing Car
Our unique driving experience briefing details the important information you need to know before getting behind the wheel and heading out on track: circuit layout; racing line – turn in, apex, exit, braking, throttle control; driving Position – steering and pedal control, gear change, paddle shift; chassis dynamics – weight transfer, oversteer, understeer and overtaking and flag signals
Driving on a race circuit is very different to normal road driving. To make the most of the cars guests will be driving on track you need to learn the racing line and braking points. Our ARDS race instructors will be on hand to help throughout your experience (2 laps)
Guest drives the Porsche Cayman
Three laps driving the Porsche Cayman. Nowhere else in the UK will you drive such an expensive and new car as your introduction to a driving experience. With 3 laps behind the wheel you’ll not only have a huge smile on your face but be ready to take on the next car, no doubt feeling like the next Lewis Hamilton (3 laps)
Guest drives the Ferrari 458 Italia
The Ferrari 458 Italia is the latest supercar from Ferrari. They've applied all there technical knowhow from their F1 team and applied it to this car. The result is stunning. Seated in the driver’s seat you feel embraced by the car.The steering wheel could be straight from Alonso's F1 car (4 laps).
Guest drives the Formula Renault Racing Car
Watching Formula 1 will never be the same again after you've experienced driving a proper single seat racing car on a proper race circuit. Many of the current crop of F1 drivers have raced in this formula with Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton both winning the UK series. Once seated with the racing straps fitted around you the engine bursts into life you'll feel like a Grand Prix is about to start. Once up to speed, everything clicks into place as you and the car become one, getting quicker every lap, the car responding instantly. A truly unique experience and one that will be remembered (5 laps)
About the Ferrari 458 Spider Plus+ Driving Experience
This driving experience is all about the very latest and according to the press, the very best Ferrari ever made - the 458 Italia. To look at, it's obviously a Ferrari but ultimately looks ultra modern. As you would expect from Ferrari, the 458 Italia is a technical tour de force that results in a driving experience that rewrites the supercar rule book.
No words can properly describe the feeling you get when driving the Ferrari 458. It is quite simply unbelievable.
Out on track the car just gets better. Hit the throttle in any gear and the car takes off immediately. Once up to speed the car has so much grip.
Jeremy Clarkson gave the best summary of the car: "The Ferrari 458 is one of the all time greats. It's really is absolutely, unbelievably, mesmerizingly brilliant"
As part of the Ferrari 458 driving experience, guest will have a chance to learn the race circuit with an ARDS qualified race instructor initially as a passenger and then driving the Porsche Cayman.
The Porsche Cayman is a fantastic sports car that out performs other more expensive machinery. A great car that gives the driver lots confidence behind the wheel.
Having completed plenty of laps, guests will then be introduced to the Ferrari 458. The car is so technically advance that the driver environment takes some getting used to. Our ARDS qualified race instructor will be at hand to help explain the controls before you head out on to the UK's fastest race circuit to enjoy the best supercar Ferrari have ever made.
After the shock of the Ferrari is a totally different driving experience, the Formula Renault racing car. It’s a slicks and wings championship car, Lewis Hamilton won the UK series on his way to Formula 1. Seated in the car everything feels very raw. Flick the engine starter and noise suddenly overwhelms the senses. Head out on track for truly unique driving experience, one that will never be forgotten.
Ferrari 458 Spider
The Ferrari 458 Spider is the latest model from Ferrari and is a technical marvel. The mid-engined V8 produces an astonishing 462bhp and 398 lb/ft of torque. Put simply this means it accelerates very quickly and has a top speed of over 200mph! The 458 also has Ferrari's latest dual clutch system which is simply brilliant.
4.5 litre V8
7 speed paddleshift dual clutch
Mid engine rear wheel drive
Firmly strapped into the cockpit the car is an extension of you. It will react to every input. When you brake it stops, turn the steering wheel and it darts left or right. Road cars seem soggy and unresponsive by comparison.
We also have the Sports 2000 racing car for customers who are too tall to drive the Formula Renault. These Le Mans looking cars are very fast and have downforce to help corner at high speeds. Great fun to drive!
1.7 litre 4 cylinder
4 speed non-syncro
Mid engine, rear wheel drive
The latest Porsche Cayman is a genuine junior supercar. Similar in looks to the 911 but with a mid-engine layout.
Out on track the car gives incredible feedback, allowing the driver to build in confidence and enjoy the increased power and incredible grip that the car generates.
2.9 litre 6 cylinder
6 speed manual
Mid engine, rear wheel drive
Cars with in-car recording
Ferrari 458 Spider Plus+ Driving Experience Availability
Gift pack will include a Thruxton branded gift box. Inside the box is a presentation card of their driving experience - showing the exact driving experience the recipient will be attending, complete with image of the main car in the driving experience taken by ace automotive photographer Pete Gibson. Also included is our unique driving experience DVD which comes in its own personalised case with the recipient’s name, experience they're been given and space for a gift message plus our full colour brochure and list of dates to attend.
Our exclusive driving experience DVD is narrated by Tiff Needell and includes specific information on the driving experience they'll be attending, information on Thruxton circuit, in-car filming plus much more.
Standard Gift Box - Free
Gift pack will include our current brochure, list of dates to attend and a personalised card for the recipient with their name and a personalised message.
Why Buy a Driving Experience from Thruxton?
Our Top 5
No on the day pressure to purchase expensive accident damage waiver at registration. The price you see is the price you pay
Thruxton is the fastest race track in the UK and a fully licensed FIA venue - not a disused airfield.
No 70mph speed limits or numerous "cone chicanes" to keep the speed artificially slow
The latest models from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin
You drive on the full 2.4 mile circuit as used by the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and other top class championships plus we have all
the expected venue spectator facilities