Drive an F1 Magny Cours, France
MAGNY COURS F1
Magny Cours was the long established home of the French Grand Prix which was staged at the circuit until 2008. It offers excellent facilities comparable to any other track on the calendar. The mirror smooth surface to the track is perfect for Formula 1 with the circuit configuration offering a fabulous blend of fast straights, long sweeping corners such as Estoril and tight hair-pins such as the challenging Adelaide where you approach at nearly 190 mph before getting hard on the brakes. You will be driving the full Grand Prix circuit with a length of 4.4 km . You can also choose to drive an F1 from the 1990s up to 2011 (the most recent F1 you can drive anywhere in the world) and with 3 driving courses available there is sure to be one that will suit you perfectly.
F1 Driver for the Day will put a serious dent in your bucket list!
With a limit of just 18 drivers for the day you will have plenty of time to talk one-to-one with the instructors and benefit from their experience and advice. A classroom briefing will be followed by passenger laps on the track to see the racing lines and braking points before you head out on track in a Formula Renault 2.0. With a 140 mph top speed and sequential shift these nimble and very rapid single seaters are perfect to learn the circuit. There will be 2 sessions before lunch is served at the track and then the special F1 briefing.
In the pit lane a squadron of F1 cars from Benetton, Jaguar, Williams and Prost await and that includes the 2.4 litre V8 2011 Williams FW33 – the most current F1 car available anywhere. You will be taking to the track in a full-house F1 with no rev limits and no speed limits. The engines are fired up and that distinctive and glorious roar of F1 race cars warming up sets the pulse racing. You are fitted into the cockpit, harness tightened and then waved onto the circuit – the track is all yours. You are in control. Enjoy the tremendous acceleration and the incredible stopping power of the carbon brakes as you scrub off speed into the 25 mph Adelaide hairpin. It’s hard to believe that you really are driving an F1 car on a real grand Prix circuit. Unforgettable. To top off the day add on extra F1 laps or a passenger ride in the unique F1 3-seater. You can also have on-board camera footage from your driving day downloaded to a USB stick, so you can relive the day again and again!
Magny Cours is less than 5 hours from Calais and 150 miles south east of Paris. With excellent motorway connections the track is very accessible and with the vineyards of Bourgogne on the doorstep it’s in a truly beautiful part of France.
“I’ve driven more intensely than I’ve ever driven in my life. I felt, and feel, incredibly privileged. So, is it worth it? You can taste a little of that fabulously rarefied world. You can, maybe, peek into the souls of people taking part in one of the most extreme events on the planet, and know you’ve shared more than dreams with them…..”
THE F1 COURSE TYPICAL ITINERARY
07.45 – Arrive circuit, welcome, coffee
08.15 – Distribution of FIA approved race-suits and safety equipment
08.30 – Technical Briefing: The Circuit – Gearbox – Weight Distribution – Braking – Acceleration
09.30 – Tour of the circuit to learn correct race lines and braking zones
10.30 – 1st session of Formula Renault (F3) training with debrief & feedback
11.30 – 2nd session of Formula Renault (F3) training with full debrief
12.30 – Lunch
13.30 – Formula 1 Technical Briefing: Gearbox – Dashboard & Paddle-shift operation – Braking
14.30 – Formula 1 sessions
17.00 – Optional F1 passenger rides in unique 3-seater
17.30 – Champagne & Presentation of diplomas