Cost: AED 1,840 for the Aston Martin GT4 (different car experiences have different prices. Check website for details)
Location: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel: +971 2 659 9800
Abu Dhabi is home the the final season race of the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. When the race track isn’t being teared up by Lewis Hamilton, they are open year around and offer driving experiences in a range of cars. If you have ever wanted to know what it feels like to be like a professional race driver on an amazing track then this is the closest thing to it.
Depending on your taste, there are a range of cars to choose from at varying costs. The fastest is the Yas 3000 racing cars which are a one seat car the same as Formula 1. However, as you cannot have a coach with you in the car, these are not the best place to start. I started on an Aston MArtin GT4 which is a purpose built racing car for the track and a beastly engine. Other experiences include the Ferrari 458 GT, Mercedes AMG GTS, Mercedes AMG Drag and the Chevrolet Camaro.
The experiences start of with a safety briefing and an explanation of how the driving coach will instruct you (as the noise is so loud you have to use hand signals). Markers are set on the track to show you the driving line so you know when to break, turn and accelerate. The instructor then gives you all the instructions going around so you know the gear changes and when to be going fast or slow. The time on track is around 20 mins but it seems like a life time.
This was one of the most thrilling experiences I have had and I would highly recommend it as a starting point into racing.