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Audi R8 and Aston Martin Thrill - Weekends 1022400

4.5 out of 5 (based on 11 reviews)
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Audi, the German car for when a Porsche is just too slow. The Audi R8 is a genuine supercar, famously beating the Porsche 997 by almost 2 seconds around the Top Gear Test Track when driven by the Stig. Recognised as one of the world's best all-round high performance sports cars the R8 is an absolute blast to drive. Aston Martin, synonymous with luxury and elegance throughout it's 100 year history. This is the car James Bond chose, it is the very epitome of cool. Now you have the opportunity to feel what it is like to master these fine machines. On arrival you'll receive a welcome and a safety briefing from one of the highly trained ARDS race instructors. They'll give you tips and driving techniques which will help enhance your enjoyment of the laps in these cars. You'll get 4-6 laps in each car – that's approximately an amazing 6 miles – in which to really test what these cars can do. Whether you prefer the Audi or the Aston, one thing is guaranteed – you will have a brilliant adrenaline-filled day. After your driving experience is finished you'll also get an individual commemorative certificate, proof to everyone that you could handle the heat of these heavenly cars.

What's included?
  • Introduction and safety briefing with a fully qualified instructor
  • All safety and protective equipment
  • 3 instructor driven demonstration laps subject to location, please enquire when booking
  • At all other locations you will receive the choice of driving approximately 6 miles (4-6 laps) in one of the following cars:
    Aston Martin DB9/V8 Vantage (model depends on location)
    Audi R8
  • An exciting 4x4 off road passenger ride (at Stafford, and Prestwold locations only)
  • Individual commemorative certificate
What do I need to know?
  • This experience is available on selected dates throughout the year
  • This experience is only available at Heyford Park on Saturdays
  • At Dunsfold Airfield, the Southern Dunsfold Track is available at no extra cost Monday-Friday or for a supplement of £25 on weekends, or you may upgrade to the main track for a supplement of £25 Monday-Friday and £50 on weekends
  • Please note, Crail and Grampian require a surcharge of £25 and operate on weekends only
  • The Lydden Hill Race Circuit is available on Fridays and Saturdays, however there will be a £20 surcharge for Saturday dates
  • At Stafford this experience is available on Wednesdays and Friday - Sunday
  • At Stafford and Heyford Park, min. age is 17 years
  • At all other locations min. age is 18 years
  • All participants must hold a full UK driving licence for a minimum of one year
  • You will need to bring your licence with you on the day. Photocopies will not be accepted
  • Min height 1.52m/5'0”
  • Max height 1.97m/6'6”
  • Max weight 101Kg/16st
  • If in any doubt about your suitability for the experience, please check with the supplier before booking
  • All drivers will be required to sign a disclaimer accepting liability should damage be caused to the vehicle through their negligence
  • Please note, all tracks are subject to seasonal opening times - please check with the individual track
  • Dunsfold weekday upgrade is £20 and the Dunsfold weekend Upgrade is £40
  • All dates are subject to availability
  • There may be the option to purchase a collision damage waiver for approximately £20-£30, but there is no obligation on drivers to take this option
  • Participants are advised to wear long sleeved shirt, trousers and flat shoes/trainers
  • At Oxfordshire and Yorkshire locations two spectators may attend free of charge, additional spectators may be pre-booked for an additional fee
  • All spectators must be over 11 years of age
  • Spectators aged 11-16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • You should allow approximately 1 ½ hours for this experience


This experience is available at 41 locations
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Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (based on 11 reviews)
10 out of 11 (91%) reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
excellent Day
16 October 2017
superb day, the two cars are awesome. the instructors were very helpful and fun, they looked after you in the car. only thing, wish it had been six laps each
Age: 55-64
Occasion: Christmas
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
awesome best ever
31 July 2017
the best gift ever, mint experience
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Didn't live up to the hype
21 July 2017
Venue fine, but the cars, particularly the Aston Martin, had interiors that looked like they were second hand cars and not the "supercars." Just no in good condition. Also, while I appreciate there are safety requirements, one of the instructors made the whole experience (in the Audi R8) feel like I was taking my driving test again. Asked to brake hard well in advance of what was really required (I'm sure they'd disagree on safety grounds) the whole think felt humdrum and like I was driving around a kiddie's race track. Never got a real chance to fund out just what these cars can do. Finally they let a 12 year old on the track in a Lamborgini and he drove so slow I had to overtake him, which meant I missed half the track where I could actually accelerate properly.
Response from Buyagift
By Lucy, Customer Services, 27 Jul 2017
Hi Paul, thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We are very sorry to hear your experience was not as expected, we always try our hardest to make sure that the product descriptions and images we use in our marketing material and on our website are accurate. I have passed on your feedback to the supplier and our account manager to investigate into and ensure future improvements. I am once again really sorry for your disappointment and hope the above helps.
X man
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Track Day
23 July 2012
Great day. Good to have passenger with sense of humour and a good eye for the rear view mirror. Audi R8 - awesome. Aston Martin, straight line grunt but needs practice with paddle shift. When the guy says, a slight vibration at speed on the Aston, just a wheel balance issue, you become wide awake at 100+ on the straight as the steering wobbles (only a bit) as as you then brake for the top turn. He then says brake harder as you realise the brakes are not as responsive as the Audi. But all done in a calm, informative way. Never once felt I was anywhere near the capability of the cars, but thanks to the instructors allowed to stretch my performance experience. Thanks, guys and gals.
Age: 55-64
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Great experience! (but come to Scotland!)
12 August 2011
My boyfriend really enjoyed his driving experience. We went to Elvington race track for a day organised by 6th gear. Everything was very professionally organised. The only slight issue was a delay when the weather deteriorated. He was taken out at the scheduled time in the Aston Martin but heavy rain meant that the Audi R8 time was delayed by quite a bit. There was a lack of communication about how long he would have to wait (in the rain!) and quite a few people were getting agitated about this. When he finally got out he loved the R8 and was very impressed with the instructor. He would definitely do this again and would recommend it to others. It would be great if the experience could be taken to Scotland as the drive from Aberdeen to York took a while!
Age: 35-44
Occasion: Christmas
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Great day out!
30 July 2011
Bought the track day for my Husband's birthday.From the moment we arrived the event was well organised. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The 2 drives were an hour apart but the time went really quickly. My Husband had a fantastic time and had a smile on his face all day. Great experience!
Agent Starling
Age: 35-44
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Fab gift ever
02 July 2011
I really enjoyed my day at Prestwold. Going round the track in an Austin Martin and an Audi was awesome
Age: 18-24
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
16 November 2010
I'd just like to let you know what a great day my Dad had at Prestwold Hall. I purchased him the Audi R8 v Aston Martin experience for his 70th Birthday and he used the voucher today. The venue was excellent with really friendly and helpful staff whom I can not praise enough! The event was organised extremely well. I would definitely consider buying this kind of gift again and would highly recommend it to anyone considering it.
Rebecca Iliffe
Age: 18-24
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
16 November 2010
All I can say is its an amazing experience to feel such power in a car and really get to give it some welly around the track. I am now able to understand what the guys on Top Gear talk about. The power the noise the speed. Absolutely fantastic. I have a load of jealous friends especially when they watch the videos and see the pics. I Will never forget this Audi R8 and Aston Martin DB9 Thrill and will definitely do it again many thanks to Buyagift! Best present ever!
Kyan Batty
Age: 18-24
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
16 November 2010
I'm a girly girl but I had an absolutely brilliant time driving the Audi R8 AND the Aston Martin DB9 didn't want it to end! Never driven anything like these two beasts before so powerful! Definitely try this if you can you'll love it!
Gemma Lee
Age: 18-24
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Audi R8 and Aston Martin Thrill - Weekends