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Kids Get to Drive Supercars

Thu, 09 Jul 2009
For youngsters aspiring to become the next Jenson Button or Lewis Hamilton, and for whom Sunday evening means being glued to TV’s Top Gear, the opportunity to stop dreaming and get driving has arrived.

6thGear Experience offers any young person – boy or girl - the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a legendary supercar. Providing they are at least 4ft 10ins tall and can reach the pedals, they can choose between a real Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Audi R8.

No more sitting in front of the box and turning green with envy as Jeremy Clarkson and company ‘smoke the tyres’ and screeches with excitement while driving the latest/fastest motoring exotica - now it can be your turn, too.

Ideal as a holiday treat, Christmas or birthday present, or even as an exam pass or other incentive, a TeenTrackAttack supercar drive is exactly that – a thrill-a-minute driving experience.

All cars feature an automatic gearbox and are very straightforward to drive, so no previous driving experience is necessary, although more confident drivers can opt to change gears using the ‘paddle shift’. Cars are also fitted with dual controls, and an experienced instructor sits alongside in the passenger seat to ensure each driver gets the maximum enjoyment in complete safety.

The cars kids can actually drive are:

Aston Martin DB9 – Aston Martin, James Bond’s car of choice.

5.9 litre, V12. 0 - 60mph in 4.6 seconds, top speed 190mph. It’ll set you back an eye-watering £111,500 to buy, but your driving experience costs just £89.

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder – the uber cool Italian supercar – just listen to that engine!

5.2 litre V10 with a blistering 0 - 60mph acceleration of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 191mph. £140,000 worth of head turning automotive brilliance and 500bhp’s worth of power!

Ferrari F360 Spider – a truly legendary Ferrari created by Italian design specialist Pininfarina, in collaboration with Ferrari's own Head of Design.

3.6 litre 400bhp at 8,000 rpm and 275 lb ft at 4,750 rpm. Top speed over 180mph, and 0 - 60mph in 4.4 seconds. And guess what? It’s red!

Audi R8 – Audi also owns Lamborghini and the R8 uses the same chassis as the Gallardo, but is built in Germany.

4.2 litre FSI Quattro gives a 0 – 60mph performance of 4.6 seconds, and a top speed of 187mph from 414bhp. £80,000 ‘fresh-out-of-the-box, and a classic already in the making.

Safety first

Every drive is supervised by a fully trained and experienced instructor, who is not only skilled at driving and controlling high performance cars, but has also been CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked for working with youngsters. The instructor ensures that vehicle speed is controlled to match the driver’s capability; most young drivers reach an average speed of around 35mph, although with practice and confidence they can go faster. Safety helmets are provided.

Family friendly

Suitable for all the family, a TeenTrackAttack experience is fun to come and watch, too. There’s plenty of action, and as well as the driving experience, ‘Hot Laps’ are available for a high-speed passenger trip in a Lamborghini with a qualified driver/instructor. Every participant is given a certificate to mark their special drive, and action photographs are also available to maximise the ‘show your mates’, take home value!


6th Gear Experience currently operates from two principal tracks, at Prodrive, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, and Elvington Airfield, York. Two new locations, near London and Manchester will be added shortly.

Prices and availability

6th Gear driving experiences are available as gift vouchers from a number of high street retailers including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Asda, Boots and WH Smith, and can also be ordered on-line at:

TeenTrackAttack prices start at £89 for 10 - 15 minutes driving in one of the four cars above on a specially coned circuit. Hot Laps in the Lamborghini cost £20.

About 6th Gear

The company was established three years ago, and will run around 30 scheduled driving experience days in 2009, in addition to special days and corporate hospitality events. It owns 15 supercars and retains 30 part time instructors, 10 events staff and seven full time employees.


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