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Drift Limits, Hemel Hempstead
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went here in august, as a present from my partner. good selection of cars to drive. you get a classroom breifing, laps with a instructor, then laps in your chosen car, depending on which pakage you ch... read more »
OMG what an experience total & utter waste of money !!! My friend bought me this for my birthday he paid £99 I must of been in the driving seat for 10 minutes & that's an exaggeration my 2 hour 1 to 1... read more »
It was a fantastic experience from the very beginning till the very end. It started with a safety briefing, the guy was brilliant with a good sense of humor. I have tried the Lamborghini Gallardo and ... read more »
A track experience was bought for me by my better half via Groupon for the Formula Renault driving day. The track itself is at the end of a long Lane but Google maps had no issues finding it. On arrival finding the actual building is just a little confusing as there are cars associated with the place, along with a single decker bus on the left hand side, which give the impression the office might be located in said bus(it is not),drive straight ahead. On arrival checking in was easy and you are presented with a disclaimer form to fill in which basically says if you die they aren't to blame and if you crash a car you owe them £750 +VAT. 15 mins after the booked time we headed into the driver briefing which is where we found out that you could buy insurance for £20 to indemnify you against that cost BUT this is not available for the Formula Renault experience so be warned. You are then taken back to the muster point to wait to be called for your particular experience. After about a 30 min wait (others went ahead of me) I was called up. The track is short and I have seen other reviews on here that describe it as "go kart" sized which is a fair representation. If you are expecting to be able to really open these cars up you will be disappointed as the longest straight only allows you to get on the gas for about 3 seconds before you're braking again. That said I found myself getting quicker and quicker as the 10 laps went on and, for me at least, it was more about learning the track and the lines and I would say it is a good taster of driving a single seater. On that note a couple of things : The pedals on the single seater are VERY close together (imagine putting you feet together and fitting 3 pedals in that space), there is no power steering and it is bumpy! You start off by being push started by a quad bike while in 3rd gear and then drop the clutch and head out onto the track, and in 3rd gear you stay. Trust me there is enough to think about without having to change gear even if it would make a difference on such a short and twisty track. One downside is you could, and I did, end up on track with another car (Ferrari or Lambo, there is only 1 Formula Renault) and this will interrupt your flow. The experience itself is short and the 10 laps go pretty quickly, although it seems slightly longer in the car. At the briefing they offer you extra laps at a discounted price and I guess if you want to do more these are fairly good value at £75 for 10 more laps. If you want to book this day check Groupon as they have some deals for 51% off which takes some sting out of the day and brought mine down to £99 (you can see that the extra 10 laps at £75 is quite good value). Toilet facilities are basic and are porta-loos which don't smell great so GO before you go, if you get my drift (excuse the pun). Oh and if you want to remember your "day" they offer a various media packages. I went for the photo and video at £30 which gets you 4 high quality photos (I'm yet to see them so will reserve judgement) taken by a professional photographer. In addition they give you a 4Gb SD card (mine says 8 on it) which you give to your instructor when you go round and is put into an action cam on the side of the car. You then take the card and adaptor with you. The USB adaptor I got didn't seem to be accepted by my computer but luckily I had a micro SD card adaptor at home. The video is pretty good and is a nice reminder of the day. Overall I had a good time and would probably go back for a different experience just don't expect this place to be Silverstone.
Disappointing track :-( Did 10 laps in the Lambo but the track is the size of a Tesco car park and bend after bend, which might be great for drifting is useless in a high performance sports car. There is no viewing area for your friends so they can't see you driving and it was all a bit unorganised. The staff were more interested in selling you extra packages. Great car but I'd rather drive it on a better and larger circuit next time.
Lamborghini Gallardo experience Let’s start with bad things as there are too many of them. - The track is very short, you do not need more than 20 second to drive around it. I think it is a Go-kart track that is (mis)used for the event. - There are no facilities, heating, toilets. You are in a field with a small garden shad which is crammed with people - The event is designed to get as many people as possible, so you are just one of the cattle. - The briefing, is very short, for the whole group. You get some brief information about the cars and the track. - There is no option to look at the car closely (inside or outside), you can just look at them from the shad. - The track is not visible. So if you take someone with you they want be able to see anything. - You get driven in a car by one of the instructors. Usually 3 laps which are completed in less than a minute, you get brief instructions where to break. If you seat behind the driver, like me, you want be able to see much. - You jump into the car, you shake hands with the instructor, and you drive. There is no introduction to the car or anything else. - As the track is short, there is no need to change the gears, you drive in the 3 gear and that’s it. Also the instructor is not keen to see you trying to change the gear. - In less than 5 minutes, 10 laps are over and you can go home. You get 2 minutes debrief from the instructor - You get charged £20 for 4 photos which you will receive via email after 10 days. - The event takes place by any weather, starting at 9am in the morning. So it is very likely that you will drive on a wet track. In total you get 5-10 minutes experience for your money. So very bad value for money. (I guess that is the reason they have vouchers via Groupon and amazon ) Good things: - They have the cars. - for a very short period of time you can experience the power of the car. Was it fun - not really. Would I recommend it - definitely not.
I attended the drift limits session experience 5-3-2016 after my elderly parents bought this as a gift for me (£100). I subsequently paid a supplement to attend on a Saturday (£40). I would summarise the experience as very disappointing and unprofessional. The location is not signed apart from at the gate to the location, and the approach involving going past shipping containers and porta-loos is somewhat strange and does not set the customer up for a professional experience. The theme is then continued, as you walk into the drift limits portacabin where I was greeted with a grunt at reception. The waiting room portacabin is poorly finished and has no facilities (there is a fridge that one can buy cold drinks and a few confectionary items behind the front desk). It is poorly heated and seemed to be cramped for the number of people waiting. There is no viewing area of the track either. The briefing by the staff was abrupt and featured more about warning you about damaging the vehicles and the opportunity for you to reduce your damage liability with the purchase of extra cover. There was a brief explanation of the cars and a display of the track which was talked through in terms of corner/apex markers. There was no significant briefing as how to use the vehicles (so no opportunity to learn). Any reference to safety was absolutely minimal, and there was more time devoted to the amount of money drift limits team have had to pay to repair vehicles recently compared with the maximum amount they were allowed to charge the customers (customer liability is limited to £750 plus VAT). So then we get onto the vehicles, which are like advertised, Ferraris. Lamborghinis, Aston Martins etc. However the way in which you were treated almost made me feel as if it was like queuing up to have a go in your mate Dave’s flashy car. I had signed up to the formula Renault, which had a battered seat and cushioning making it very uncomfortable to drive, and on a wet track that had been frozen earlier that day (and sessions cancelled). On the day of my session 2 people slid the car off the main trackway (no crashes- they remained on the general trackway), and the drift limits team prematurely ended their sessions. This approach seemed to be an excuse to minimisation financial liability on behalf of drift limits. There was no mention of the risk of early forfeiting the session in the pre- drive briefing. The track is new and recently laid and the material is in good condition BUT it is a very short lap, so bear this in mind when it comes to the value of your experience. The general approach and lack of professionalism made me feel very devalued as a customer- more like a revenue stream than a valued customer that has paid £140 for a driving experience. Overall, drift limits has put me off ever having a track day again, and as a driving enthusiast, that is some kind of statement. I would encourage any potential purchasers of this experience to consider other providers. In summary- for drift limits -Yes they have the cars, but they do not have the style.
Bad value for money. Lost a whole day for a 3-4 min drive around a small carting track in a rather unclean car. It's a shame because the car's engine was fantastic
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