2016 has been a great year for supercars, with a number of new models launched to a market already bursting with stunning performance cars. As manufacturers migrate from big British petrol engines to smaller engines with turbos such as the Ferrari 488 GTB, or even hybrid petrol and electric motors such as the fearsome BMW i8, supercar buyers have a fantastic selection to choose from.
Everyone looks enviously at those lucky (and rich) owners whizzing past in the latest supercar or hypercar, or the motoring journalists whose job is to drive whatever they want, whenever they want. Lamborghini today, Ferrari tomorrow. Strolling around some of the more exclusive London streets reveals some amazing cars that most of us could only dream of owning. Somehow the family saloon you get to drive just doesn’t cut it in comparison.
However, did you know that there are ways to experience the car of your dreams, without having to be rich enough to buy one? If you want to treat yourself, why not consider a driving experience to give you the thrills of supercar motoring, without the bills!
There are now a large number of companies offering opportunities to drive some amazing machines. These range from car manufacturers to experience companies, each offering some tantalising cars to choose from. So if you’re a petrolhead like many of us, driving experiences are ideal for you to get your Ferrari fix.
Experience days are offered at a number of renowned race tracks around the UK and Europe, so there should be a location within a reasonable travelling distance. There are a number of experiences to suit your budget, whether you are buying as a treat for yourself, or as a gift for someone else. These start from well under £100 for a high-speed passenger experience, where an instructor drives you round the track at eye-watering speeds, and above that prices vary depending on what you want to drive, how many cars are available to drive, and how long you want to spend in the driving seat.
There are a number of ways to get your experience of a lifetime. Driving days range from 4×4 off road courses, to rally experiences, driving a single seater racing car around a track, or even choosing from a number of supercars to drive. There are so many mouth-watering opportunities!
The choice of cars extends to Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and beyond, and you can even get experiences to drive a Caterham or the Ariel Atom if you really want that pure driving pleasure. Shop around with different companies to make sure you get the best value for your money, because each company has different rules on how long you get to spend in the driving seat of each car. This is either counted in minutes, or laps of the race track. So do get as much bang for your buck as possible by looking at each experience carefully.
So what are you waiting for? Join the supercar drivers and book yourself an experience day. It’s the perfect gift for someone who loves a bit of an adventure!
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