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Passenger Rides & Driving Experiences
A passenger ride experience can be high speed or low speed, but in every case it’s going to be a thrilling ride. Whilst you’re in the passenger seat, an expert driver will be behind the wheel showing you how it’s done. We’ve got high speed passenger experiences in fancy cars, slow speed stunts in off road vehicles and even the chance to experience a spot of drifting. Belt up, it’s time to ride!
Passenger ride experiences FAQs...
• High speed passenger rides in one or two race cars • Four laps in your choice of high-powered supercar • Professional drivers will pilot these amazing cars • Try to get through a lap without closing your eyes
Petrolheads, non-drivers and youngsters alike will absolutely LOVE these passenger ride experiences. If you want to experience a vehicle being pushed to the absolute limits, these are the rides for you. We can guarantee that at some point in the proceedings your right foot will be stomping on an imaginary brake pedal. Lots of thrills without the need for a licence.
Who it's not for
Don’t worry about the speed or the extremeness of your passenger ride, the drivers are experts at gauging your reaction and how far to push the adrenaline-rating. That means a passenger ride is for everyone, except perhaps those who really don’t like being a passenger in any car, let alone one that’s being drive by a expert! And of course, if it’s simply a case that you’d sooner drive that fancy car yourself, you can do that too with our extensive range of driving experiences.
Hot lap, high speed passenger ride, passenger experience - it all boils down to the same thing really! Hot lap is a term coined by the motorsport industry to describe going round a track very fast. Which is exactly what you’ll be doing if you book one!
Do you do passenger rides in supercars?
We certainly do and they are by far our most popular category of passenger ride. Even if you’ve driven one of these fancy cars yourself, it’s a whole different ball game with a professional driver at the helm. You go so, so, fast it makes your eyes water and you are seriously pushed back into your seat with the acceleration.
Are all passenger rides high speed?
Not necessarily. The passenger rides in the supercars and sports cars are certainly all about the speed, but we have other rides where it’s all about busting moves (that’s to say drifting rides, stunt rides and rally rides) or the terrain you’ll be hitting (that’s to say 4x4 passenger rides).
I don’t need a driving licence then?
Nope. That’s what makes these experiences ideal for those who can’t drive. They can experience the speed and abilities of these vehicles without having to actually drive it. Perfect for getting Gran’s pulse racing then!
Will I be sitting in the front or the back passenger seats of the car?
In general you will be up front riding shot-gun in the car in the front passenger seat. In some cases you might take a seat in the rear of the vehicle and in the case of the monster trucks, there’s room for a whole group of you on the open-air rear platforms on these huge vehicles.
Are the instructors qualified to drive like that?
Yep. Many compete in motor racing series, work as professional test drivers or even stunt drivers. Most are ARDS or BoRDA qualified, which means they possess officially recognised advanced driving qualifications. Believe us, these guys and girls know what they’re doing and love nothing more than to show off their driving skills!
Will I be out on the track for these rides?
On the supercar and saloon car high speed passenger rides you will indeed be out on the track, so you’ll be overtaking those out there on their driving experience days for sure, as your driver hits the rev-limiter. When it comes to drifting, rally, stunt and monster truck passenger rides, you’ll be on purpose-built tracks and trails.
Are there any maximum height and weight restrictions?
This can vary from supplier to supplier, so please check each page carefully, but in general it’s 6’4” and 20 stone for passenger rides.
Are the passenger rides suitable for all ages?
The beauty of these passenger rides is that they can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Most have lower age limits, such as 12 years old for 4x4 rides and 8 years for monster trucks. Some suppliers stipulate a minimum height rather than age, such as 4ft for supercar rides, and 1m (or 3’2”) for truck rides. Please note that where a helmet needs to be worn, such as in the open cockpit Ariel Atom, the minimum height is 5ft.
Are all the cars available on the day for passenger rides?
All suppliers endeavour to have a full fleet of cars available and working on the day to your experience. However, sometimes it might not be possible to offer you your first choice of car. But there are so many fab cars out there, you’re sure to find one you’d like to ride in.
Will I still go out on my hot laps if it’s raining?
Yes. The cars will be fitted with wet weather tyres to cope with conditions out on the track and a bit of standing water will only serve to make your hot lap even more thrilling. If you’re on any of the non-track passenger rides, a bit of rain also makes it more fun in a rally car or an off roader.
If it’s extreme weather what happens?
If the organisers deem that the weather makes it unsafe to be out on the circuit or the course, your experience will be postponed and normal procedure is to re-arrange a new date for your passenger ride.
Is there a minimum height for a passenger ride experience?
Some operators specify a minimum height (4ft for most sports cars, 5ft where a helmet needs to be worn, 1m for some truck rides), whilst other specify a minimum age (12 for 4x4 rides, 8yrs for some monster truck sessions). Please check each individual page for full info.
Will the driver being putting their foot to the metal on my ride?
If you’re up for it, yes! They will be as gnarly as you want. It’s a bit like at the fairground with that immortal phrase ‘the louder you scream the faster we go’! Joking aside, the drivers are all very good at pitching the ride at just the right thrill level. Expect wheel screeching, hard braking and serious acceleration though. No foot to the metal on 4x4 passenger rides, it’s all about tackling ridiculously steep drops and hills to the point where you think you’re going to roll…
Will I be scared?
Probably! A bit like a theme park ride, it’s all about anticipation and then getting out of your comfort zone when the ride begins. Nothing is pushed too far though. They’re all expert drivers who know the exact limits of the vehicle they’re driving and your limits too. Having a few ‘heart in mouth’ moments are what these experiences are all about.
Do I need to wear a helmet for these passenger rides?
Some operators provide helmets for all passengers and drivers for all cars in their fleet. Others use helmets in the rally cars only, or open wheel/open cockpit racing cars. It very much depends on the supplier.
How long will my passenger experience last?
That all depends on what voucher you have. Many operators offer one, two or three hot-lap experiences in the high performance track vehicles. In the case of off road, rally and monster trucks it’s usually done on time, for example a 15-minute ride around the arena. Please check the details on each page for all the timings.
Are there any passenger ride experiences available near me?
With so many operators offering passenger rides, you’re sure to be near a centre that can offer you our passenger thrill ride. Current locations with IntotheBlue include: