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Aston Martin AMV8 v Ariel Atom

Aston Martin driving experiences combined with Ariel Atom track days make for the most fantastically British driving days, as you can test the two English built cars for 3 laps of a quality circuit.

Price for 1 participant

Experience the speed and brilliance of two of Britain's finest track day cars,comparing and contrasting the completely opposing vehicles from different seats. The luxurious quality of the Aston Martin AMV8 combined with the adrenaline pumping aggression of the Ariel Atom make for an unforgettable track day, as you get behind the wheel and drive the Aston Martin on a circuit, with an expert instructor next to you. Then, once you've appreciated what makes the AMV8 so desirable; you'll be out with the instructor showing you what the Ariel Atom can do on some of the fastest driven passenger laps available today.

Your Aston Martin AMV8 v Ariel Atom driving experience will begin with an introductory safety brief and the kitting out of the safety gear etc. Then, once briefed you'll be buckling up in the AMV8 to begin the driving activity day, starting with 3 laps of the circuit. Then, once you've enjoyed one of the finest machines Britain has to offer, you'll be appreciating another of England's elite - as you embark on a 3 lap hair-raising passenger ride with the instructor demonstrating what the lightweight exo-skeletal Ariel Atom can do! A fantastic driving experience for many reasons!

Minimum Age: 18
Minimum Height: 5'0"
Maximum Height: 6'6"
Maximum Weight: 16 stone

Participants must hold a full, valid driving licence.
Your Aston Martin AMV8 v Ariel Atom Thrill will last for around 1.5-2 hours, with around 30mins of in-car time.
Spectators are welcome, but under 11 yr old's must be accompanied by an adult at all times - and there are no dogs allowed on site.
The Aston Martin AMV8 v Ariel Atom is available on selected weekdays and weekends throughout March to November.
You should wear comfortable, casual clothes with soft soled flat shoes for driving in.
This experience may be rescheduled in poor weather conditions. Please call the centre on the day if unsure.
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Question: How many passenger laps do you get in the Ariel Atom?
Answer: You would receive 3 hair-raising laps in the Ariel Atom after driving the Aston Martin AMV8, for a total of 3 laps.

Remember when I drove a Mustang on the famous Goodwood circuit? Well Extreme Element couldn't wait to get JOTR back in the driving seat and on a racetrack - this time Im behind the wheel of a Lamborghini on a track in Oxfordand oh wow what an experience!

If you follow JOTR you may or may not know that usually I go about these journeys on my own, however, not this time! Im joined by a fellow supercar-lover colleague on the day apparently his love and knowledge on the cars entitled him to come along and teach me a thing or twoand of course gets him out the office and into the driving seat!

Once signed in and helmet strapped on, we head over to our qualified instructor, Mike Brown. Hes eagerly waiting for us in the two-seater Ariel Atom, ready and raring to go. Im gripping on for my life as he speeds us around the track, zooming past the other Supercars and taking every turn faster than the last. After three incredibly breath-taking hot laps Mike pulls back into the pit stop and (once Ive found my feet) I unbuckle to let my lucky JOTR experience-goer strap in.

What makes the Supercar track in Oxford so good? It's based in the middle of a field and airfield which can make it a little hard to find (dont worry, theres plenty of signage directions) but it means there's plenty of space around and more than enough room to enjoy the full potential of the unbelievable motors. PLUS the rally cars circuit next to the Supercars track is big enough for all ages to really take advantage of Im hoping JOTR goes back for this soon!

(That's me getting buckled in ^^)

To find out a little more about the Oxford track days I get chatting to one of the owners - Shelley. Amongst the fifty vehicles used for the Supercar driving and Rally days are: five junior rally cars, two Ariel Atoms, two Aston Martins, two Lamborghinis, one Ferrari and a vast amount of rally carsoh and a some more Supercars! Not to fear though, the circuit has a six car limit driving around at once which usually consists of five Supercars and one Atom phewf!

Now, the bit youve all been waiting for my drive in the Lamborghini!

Three amazing laps around the track, with helpful guidance from Mike as he tells me where to head for and when I should brake encouraging speed and building confidence as I go. Im immediately jealous that they get to drive these mighty motors around all day! Unfortunately though, I do eventually have to bring the Lamborghini back into the pit stop for the next personand to make it worse Im allowed to look at all the other beautiful cars available for experience track days so I can take pictures for this blog:

The Aston Martin Vantage AMV8
Aston Martin v Ferrari Driving Experience - Oxford
Aston Martin AMV8 v Ariel Atom in Oxford

The Audi R8 - driving experience in Oxford
Audi R8 vs Aston Martin V8 - Oxfordshire
Audi R8 vs Ferrari Experience - Oxfordshire
Audi R8 vs Lamborghini Thrill

The Ferrari 360 - experience the thrill in Oxford

Ferrari vs Lamborghini Experience - Oxfordshire
Ferrari vs Porsche Experience - Oxfordshire

And my favourite for the day - the Lamborghini (and yes I prefer the silver colour and yes it's on my Christmas wish list)

The Lamborghini Gallardo driving experience in Oxford
I somehow don't think Santa will be able to fit this in my stocking this year, but at least I got to drive a Lamborghini!

I will definitely be hoping for another driving day!

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