Renault Formula Driving experience day + 43 page Photobook £99 @ Red Letter Days
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Renault Formula Driving experience day + 43 page Photobook £99 @ Red Letter Days

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Found 4th Dec 2015
Loving this idea, you will also get a photobook via photobox to keep all the days photos, There is a cafe and spectator areas, so your mates can get some decent pics, because lets face it... It's pretty cool Decent, if you're after gift ideas for Christmas

Location: Hemel Hempstead,
Hertfordshire

"A must for motor racing fanatics, as it is as close as it gets to being a real F1 driver. Kick off with a briefing which covers safety and driving techniques. Hop into the passenger seat of a sports car for four familiarisation laps to get acquainted with the twists and turns of the track, then it's time for the main event. Slide behind the wheel of the incredible 192 bhp Formula Renault single-seater, get harnessed up and set off for ten mind blowing laps round the mile long circuit. With a carbon-fibre chassis and a 0 to 100 mph time of just 4.85 seconds, this car will take your breath away. Are you ready?"

Availability
Several weekdays per month throughout the year. Saturday mornings are available for an additional £39 when booking.

Available to 17+ only with a full manual licence

Looks like it's the pre-2010 Formula Renault 2.0 car:

Engine: 2,0L Renault F4R (similar lineage as the engine in the older RenaultSport Clio) - 192 bhp, 159lb.ft of torque
Gearbox: Sadev 6-speed sequential gearbox with mechanical control
Weight: 490 kg without driver

- ollie87

54 Comments

Potentially 24% cashback via Quidco as well

Reanualt? Is that a Renault after a crash? (_;)

Still it sounds like fun so heat from me!
Edited by: "qyestionmark" 4th Dec 2015

Great deal, would be so much fun.

Sounds epic... Have some hot stuff!!

Only Formula Renault 2.0 then, not 3.5.

qyestionmark

Reanualt? Is that a Renault after a crash? (_;)Still it sounds like fun … Reanualt? Is that a Renault after a crash? (_;)Still it sounds like fun so heat from me!




"Reanualt Formula Driving experience day + 43 page Photobook £99.00 @ Red Letter Days"

Maybe they call it this because you sit at the rear of the car.
Maybe a kind Mod will edit it for the OP
Edited by: "biggysilly" 4th Dec 2015

Its something i'd love to have a go at and I believe Groupon are doing a similar deal for anyone who lives in the northern half of the country it might be worth checking out >>> groupon.co.uk/dea…ech

Problem is the length of time you get. 10 x 1 mile laps will be over so quickly. But at this price its not too bad if you live close by so have some heat

10 laps of 1 mile Circuit. . . seems v short. by the time you get familiarised with car and track, its over!
Did the Silverstone single seater couple of years ago. it's mmmore expensive but you gets 10 mins behind a pace car then 20 mins free run.

£79.20 with code CYBER2015 can't be used in conjunction with cashback.
I couldn't find anywhere to insert code on main site only on my phone.
It's my partners birthday straight after Christmas so it's hard to think of more ideas. This is perfect, Thanks OP

Hot if the engine will last that long!

VA VA Booooooom!

killgannon

Hot if the engine will last that long!



F4R is a solid engine!

I did this one. After a couple of laps they called me in and said,"Sorry, no professionals." I said I am not a professional but just a really talented amateur. They said," Well you should be a professional. You'll be the best F1 driver in the country!"

ollie87

Only Formula Renault 2.0 then, not 3.5.



Lol I like how you say only. It's a purpose built racing car that hardly any road going cars only hyper cars would get close to. They are pretty much as fast as moto gp bikes around international circuits

c.343bhp per ton if you weigh 70 kilos. Fast but not that fast. There are road cars as powerful....

Renault

chapchap

I did this one. After a couple of laps they called me in and said,"Sorry, … I did this one. After a couple of laps they called me in and said,"Sorry, no professionals." I said I am not a professional but just a really talented amateur. They said," Well you should be a professional. You'll be the best F1 driver in the country!"



And then you woke up yeah?

chapchap

I did this one. After a couple of laps they called me in and said,"Sorry, … I did this one. After a couple of laps they called me in and said,"Sorry, no professionals." I said I am not a professional but just a really talented amateur. They said," Well you should be a professional. You'll be the best F1 driver in the country!"



Cool story bro (God, been wanting to say that for ages).

Just booked using discount code NRVC25 & got 25% off - bargain!

Good attempt to fix the spelling but it's still wrong :P
Renault.

Does anyone know where in Hemel Hempstead the track is?

Available at Bicester and Oxford too! Great deal

May seem like a silly question, but who takes all the photos for your photo book?

defgimp

May seem like a silly question, but who takes all the photos for your … May seem like a silly question, but who takes all the photos for your photo book?



Speed cameras.

The pile of tickets won't be far behind....

barbiegirl

c.343bhp per ton if you weigh 70 kilos. Fast but not that fast. There are … c.343bhp per ton if you weigh 70 kilos. Fast but not that fast. There are road cars as powerful....



How many of those road cars with similar power to weight have barely half a tonne of mass for lateral acceleration change through the corners a few millimetres off the ground, slick racing tyres and generate significant downforce, like half the weight of the car again?

The combination of this makes them plenty fast around circuits even compared to exotic road stuff...

Shame about these T&Cs
A £5,000 damage excess is present on all cars on all days, this can be reduced to £1,000 for the fee above and must be purchased before driving, (those who elect not to take the damage waiver are required to give us a credit card to cover the excess, please do not book an experience if this doesn’t suit you).

We run a 1 spin for free system, if you spin a second time, unfortunately due to operational timings and damage to equipment, your experience will end there, track staff’s orders are final.

biggysilly

"Reanualt Formula Driving experience day + 43 page Photobook £99.00 @ Red … "Reanualt Formula Driving experience day + 43 page Photobook £99.00 @ Red Letter Days"Maybe they call it this because you sit at the rear of the car. :{Maybe a kind Mod will edit it for the OP



Do you actually drive or are you driven by an instructor for ten laps? Sounds like you're had previous.............. experience that is!

Apocalypse451

Do you actually drive or are you driven by an instructor for ten laps? … Do you actually drive or are you driven by an instructor for ten laps? Sounds like you're had previous.............. experience that is!



​Its a single seater...

bradevosprint

​Its a single seater...



Fair enough.

From experience, for £100 i would do the single seater experience at donington park. You get about 15mins which is fine for 1st time in a single seater.
10 laps at the other place will be 5mins tops im guessing.
Im planning on doing the formula renault but the £200 or £300 session as it looks much better value.
They also have an F430 challenge race car and a 750 bhp nitrous gallardo lol

vulcanproject

How many of those road cars with similar power to weight have barely half … How many of those road cars with similar power to weight have barely half a tonne of mass for lateral acceleration change through the corners a few millimetres off the ground, slick racing tyres and generate significant downforce, like half the weight of the car again?The combination of this makes them plenty fast around circuits even compared to exotic road stuff...



Caterham SuperLight R, Atoms, errr..not many more. Fair point...

Lucky_Taz

Shame about these T&CsA £5,000 damage excess is present on all cars on … Shame about these T&CsA £5,000 damage excess is present on all cars on all days, this can be reduced to £1,000 for the fee above and must be purchased before driving, (those who elect not to take the damage waiver are required to give us a credit card to cover the excess, please do not book an experience if this doesn’t suit you).We run a 1 spin for free system, if you spin a second time, unfortunately due to operational timings and damage to equipment, your experience will end there, track staff’s orders are final.



That's why it's so cheap then, they are skimping on their insurance.

@ bradevosprint

Good points raised, much appreciated. Though maybe at £80 (using the code) and four shadowing laps, maybe worth it to some.

Decisions eh.

chapchap

I did this one. After a couple of laps they called me in and said,"Sorry, … I did this one. After a couple of laps they called me in and said,"Sorry, no professionals." I said I am not a professional but just a really talented amateur. They said," Well you should be a professional. You'll be the best F1 driver in the country!"


Do you work in IT?

crystald31

Just booked using discount code NRVC25 & got 25% off - bargain!


Where did you enter the code?

welshslider

Do you work in IT?


You gone off Dawn?

Banned






masiv007

10 laps of 1 mile Circuit. . . seems v short. by the time you get … 10 laps of 1 mile Circuit. . . seems v short. by the time you get familiarised with car and track, its over!Did the Silverstone single seater couple of years ago. it's mmmore expensive but you gets 10 mins behind a pace car then 20 mins free run.

kirkyuk

Does anyone know where in Hemel Hempstead the track is?

barbiegirl

c.343bhp per ton if you weigh 70 kilos. Fast but not that fast. There … c.343bhp per ton if you weigh 70 kilos. Fast but not that fast. There are road cars as powerful....

bradevosprint

From experience, for £100 i would do the single seater experience at … From experience, for £100 i would do the single seater experience at donington park. You get about 15mins which is fine for 1st time in a single seater.10 laps at the other place will be 5mins tops im guessing.Im planning on doing the formula renault but the £200 or £300 session as it looks much better value.They also have an F430 challenge race car and a 750 bhp nitrous gallardo lol






For £99 don't expect much with this experience.

You won't be even driving on a race track. The hemel hempstead 'track' is actually a very old airfield with poor quality tarmac. The 'track' is then made by a few cones and some dodgy arrow markings. You'll get a maximum of 10 minutes of driving time....if you're lucky.

I've done these types of days in the past. Yes it's good if it's your first time driving a single seater purely down to the novelty factor. But these are old cars, you won't go faster than 70mph and you won't go higher than 4th gear. In fact, you'll be told to keep it strictly in 3rd or 4th throughout the experience.

15 years ago I went to palmersport in Bedford...yes it's £800. But you get to drive atoms, caterhams, karts, le-mans type cars, single seaters, m4s on a proper race track. You're encouraged to go faster and a few spins are laughed at by the instructor along with a thumbs up. It's 8 times more pricey but a 100 times better. I've been going once every 3 years.

Edited by: "snack_attack" 4th Dec 2015

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See here to get an idea of what you'll be doing -

youtube.com/wat…cbE

kirkyuk

Does anyone know where in Hemel Hempstead the track is?



Think it's probably Bovingdon Airfield - nothing beats driving a single seater IMO so it's probably a giggle for this price but it's just weaving in and out of cones if I'm looking at the right YouTube vids!

masiv007

10 laps of 1 mile Circuit. . . seems v short. by the time you get … 10 laps of 1 mile Circuit. . . seems v short. by the time you get familiarised with car and track, its over!Did the Silverstone single seater couple of years ago. it's mmmore expensive but you gets 10 mins behind a pace car then 20 mins free run.

kirkyuk

Does anyone know where in Hemel Hempstead the track is?

barbiegirl

c.343bhp per ton if you weigh 70 kilos. Fast but not that fast. There … c.343bhp per ton if you weigh 70 kilos. Fast but not that fast. There are road cars as powerful....

bradevosprint

From experience, for £100 i would do the single seater experience at … From experience, for £100 i would do the single seater experience at donington park. You get about 15mins which is fine for 1st time in a single seater.10 laps at the other place will be 5mins tops im guessing.Im planning on doing the formula renault but the £200 or £300 session as it looks much better value.They also have an F430 challenge race car and a 750 bhp nitrous gallardo lol



Obviously the Jonathan Palmer courses are the ones to go for if you are serious, a quick tazz about an old airfield is exactly what you get for £99 and I started out with this sort of thing way back when.

It's a good way to start though because when you do move up to more serious track days you have experience. If you have done stuff like this before and then Palmer gets you in like the old Jag lightweights and such you don't feel like you have gone off the deep end.
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