The Ultimate Guide to a Supercar Driving Experience Day
Rewind about ten years or so and there was little in the way of a fast car driving experience available in the UK. The best supercar driving experience days didn’t even include iconic supercars from manufacturers like Lamborghini or Aston Martin.
6th Gear Experience was founded in 2006 and aimed to change all that – even being the pioneers of junior driving experience days. Aimed purely at children between the ages of 9-15 with a minimum height of 5ft and are now hugely popular with over 4000 juniors being customers of 6th Gear Experience in 2016.
As trends change certain supercars become more popular than others. For example when a new James Bond film is released, an Aston Martin experience is always a big draw. The Aston Martin DB9 driving experience makes a fantastic gift for someone special, and since 6th Gear has the full fleet from this famous British manufacturer an Aston Martin driving day in general is a fantastic thrill.
So what should you look out for when searching for a supercar driving experience day or indeed just a supercar experience?
Well there seems to be a lot of choice out there, but most of the names tend to be third party agencies whilst there are very few companies who actually put on the experience themselves.
6th Gear Experience is of course is one, and having gained the prestigious Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence awards three years running is without doubt the company to turn to when making your choice. Supplying nearly all the major high street retailers and the large internet based agencies 6th Gear has carved a reputation in the industry as the best value for money by far. With an up to date modern fleet of supercars 6th Gear now offer the best driving experience days bar none.
Right now the Audi R8 driving experience together with the Ariel Atom driving experience are 6th Gear’s most popular supercar experience. Closely followed by the Jaguar F type driving experience and the Ferrari 458 experience.
The Jaguar F Type has carved a reputation for being one of the most rewarding supercars to pilot on the 6th Gear Experience fleet. With a supercharged 5.0 litre V8, the sound is pure supercar and the popping and banging when slowing down and changing gear will put a grin on anyone’s face! Likewise the Ferrari 458 driving experience is lauded as being the best modern Ferrari of recent times. Once again since 6th Gear own and operate a full fleet of Ferrari’s so a Ferrari experience day for someone you know with a passion for this great Italian manufacturer will make you very popular indeed!
Interestingly one of 6th Gear Experience increasingly popular sellers is the lorry driving experience. In fact lorry driving experience days are such fun they seem to appeal to all ages! From an 11 year old boy to an 80 year old lady we’ve been amazed at the sheer uniform appeal of our exclusive lorry driving experience. Ok so you don’t get to go 100mph in a 40 ton truck, but trundling along come rain or shine in a DAF truck with 16 automatic gears is truly enormous fun.
It looks like 2017 already is popular with those wishing to undergo the fabulous Lamborghini driving experience. Lamborghini driving experiences are traditionally our top seller and this is reflected in the fact that kids also seem to want to involve themselves in our junior Lamborghini driving experience. As long as they are at least 5ft they can actually drive a Lamborghini equipped with dual controls and an instructor sat in the passenger seat watching their every move! It’s interesting that searching online for Lamborghini experience UK brings up 6th Gear as the most popular choice for a Lamborghini experience. Perhaps this is because we invented it!
Back in the early 2000’s a Ferrari driving experience was far and away the top selling car driving experience. It’s interesting as we have mentioned before, how trends and tastes change over the years. Two packages which have overtaken the Ferrari experience UK are the Aston Martin DB9 experience, the general Jaguar driving experience and the Porsche driving experience.
Returning to truck driving experience days its worth pointing out we offer these to kids as well! Maybe a supercar track day has more appeal to some 11 year olds but for a truck driving experience to actually be available to a child is something 6th Gear put into practice about 3 years ago. As long as they are tall enough to reach the pedals (about 5ft minimum) then given 2 or 3 family members can ride up in the cab too this makes a Porsche experience day for example seem not quite as much fun! Yep, junior driving days are a popular pastime in this day and age!
Given Jaguar as a brand is pretty new in this industry it’s probably why a Jaguar experience is now so popular. In fact both the Aston Martin’s and the Jaguar’s have seen an explosion in popularity so great 6th Gear have had to rapidly expand their fleet. Drive a supercar experiences are also far more widely known because of TV programmes like Top Gear which help drive the driving day experiences market. Just searching driving experience days UK brings up a raft of entries many of which are provided exclusively by 6th Gear. Which makes a driving gift a fantastic present whether for birthdays or Christmas
Typical 6th Gear Experience
Typically on a 6th Gear Experience event day facilities are second to none with great quality catering available, a large marquee to provide cover from that inclement weather we are all used to here in the UK. Other optional extras such as Pay and Drive are available on the day aimed at those who wish to drive extra supercars as well as their pre-booked choices. Friends and family are all welcome and if they bring their driving license too they can pick a supercar and also partake in a fast car experience too.
There is a difference though between a supercar day and a race day experience. 6th Gear doesn’t really cater for hardened track enthusiasts – we leave this to others. What we do superbly is to provide a supercar track day experience usually as a gift, for someone who is very special.
We get asked often at 6th Gear how much a supercar driving experience costs. Of course many of our valued customers will spend as little at £79 or so purchasing a Ferrari experience for a family member for example. Others will go to the extreme and spend £495 or more on what may end up being a full day driving experience. Jaguar driving experience days are, as already mentioned, massively popular since Jaguar introduced its superb F type in 2012.
Driving experience days for two are also catered for by 6th Gear. Perhaps that someone special in your life fancies an Audi driving experience while you yourself might crave the more traditional Aston Martin driving experience. Since 6th Gear operate as previously mentioned, almost the full range including the V8 Vantage, V12 Vantage, the DB9 & V12 DBS an Aston martin experience day might end up being just that!
Circuits and locations
At 6th Gear Experience HQ in Coleshill our friendly call centre staff will endeavour to answer all your queries. They are used to being asked for example where someone can drive a Ferrari for a day. We don’t do road driving of course but the guidance offered will enable a caller to be pointed in the direction of a Lamborghini track day which we do. A track day driving experience as we’ve said makes a superb and innovative gift.
In the first few years of 6th Gear’s existence the company operated solely from Elvington which was so popular with customers looking for driving experience days York. It was here in fact that we ran our first driving experience days for kids which at first only included the Ferrari, but then expanded to include a junior drive a Ferrari experience. Ages for a child driving experience as previously mentioned are not set in stone but the height is critical being a minimum of 5ft. However the bulk of 6th Gear Experience’ business is still aimed at adults and the Aston Martin driving experience UK is without doubt one of our most popular. Whether a V8 or V12 engine these British icons make a superb sound that makes your hair stand on end!
6th Gear Experience operates from various super UK circuits. Driving experience days Yorkshire for example means an Elvington driving experience is always popular. In Surrey for example experience days driving are located at Longcross not far from Heathrow airport. But to drive supercars in general and locate where our nearest venue is, just check out 6th Gear’s new website and typing in your postcode will even bring up the most suitable circuit for you.
We’ve already covered how a race car experience doesn’t really describe what we do here at 6th Gear. What we do exceptionally well is to provide superb supercar drive days for the general public many of whom are simply not experienced in getting behind the wheel of a 200mph supercar. If you are based in the South of the UK for example just searching for supercar driving experience London will bring up 6th Gear’s fantastic Surrey circuit located at Longcross. A narrow and twisty track but intermingled with long fast straights and sweeping bends it’s almost like a mini version of that famous German circuit the Nurburgring. We even run a truck driving experience from here albeit on a separate part of the circuit.
In 2016 6th Gear saw around 45,000 customers drive its supercar fleet which just goes to prove track experience days don’t seem to be losing any of their popularity at all. In 2017 6th Gear are looking to update their fleet with one or two additions which will inevitably help track driving days be at the top of the publics wish list. A Porsche driving experience is catered for by our stunning 997 Turbo a wolf in sheep’s clothing if ever there was one. It’s possibly more accurate to describe our Jaguar F type ‘R’ as a sportscar driving experience rather than a package which would come under race car days. The F Type Jaguar is a gentleman’s express albeit extremely rapid! Another vehicle which would more appropriately come under a sports car experience is the Aston Martin DBS. Famous for its role in the James bond film ‘Casino Royale’ it’s ever popular and simply lacks a pair of machine guns in the front grill! A quick search for driving experience UK confirms the Astons are still top trumps for experience presents.
So where do we see driving days going in the future? Well here at 6th Gear we firmly believe driving experience days for kids will grow hugely in popularity. The market for fast car experience days for adults is buoyant and steady. The boom in the experience driving days for kids however is large. In this sector the Lamborghini driving experience is apparently the most popular search term on the internet closely followed by the Jaguar F type driving experience. Together with the Aston Martin DB9 experience it seems our customers are turning more and more to British manufactured supercars. Perhaps this is the result of a patriotic public after Brexit!