Formula Race Days | Drive a Formula Race Car | Knockhill Racing Circuit

Formula Race Day

Saturday, 27th October, 2018

On the day, you'll kick off your experience with a welcome and track briefing and then with your Knockhill instructor beside you; get behind the wheel of a sporty Honda Civic Type R. This impressive car is powered by a VTEC TURBO engine with the ability to sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds and achieve 169 mph top speed.

Next your instructor will take the controls for additional demonstration laps before you jump into the cockpit of a 1.8 litre Formula Racing Car. You will complete 10 solo laps in your race car, lap after lap getting quicker and more confident through the dramatic dips and climbs of our famous circuit.

Finally, you'll head over to our 500 m outdoor Karting track for a competitive Karting Sprint Race finale with your fellow drivers.

We'll conclude the day with a debrief, awards presentation and of course the all-important bubbly spraying for the winner of the Karting race event.


Saturday 27th October, 2018 at 10:00am

Sorry, this event is now Fully Booked! We will be adding a new date soon!

Powered by Audi

The Audi 1.8 litre, 16 valve engine will provide more than enough torque to tackle all the unique challenges of Knockhill.

Digital Dash

The Cosworth Digital Dash will output key metrics from your race car and comes complete with digital gear shift indicators

Rear Wheel Drive

Power and momentum is delivered courtesy of the rear-mounted engine and gear box giving the car near-perfect weight distribution

FIA and MSA Approved

Knockhill Racing Circuit - Scotland’s National Motorsport Centre – is fully approved by the FIA and MSA licencing boards every year


Relax, we won’t let you go on track without proper race training from our fully ARDS qualified racing instructors


The car comes complete with a four-point safety harness, traction control, in-built extinguisher system and high-intensity visibility lights


Equipped with AP Racing brakes, designed for performance motoring and on track racing.

Gear Box

Hewland LD200 race gearboxes similar to what you’d find in current single-seater race series throughout Britain


Sporting a durable Van Diemen chassis - from one of the most respected brands in single-seater racing

What are you doing on Saturday 27th October?

Well, you might be interested to know that we are running one of our NEW Formula Race Day events - it’s a driving based activity day at Knockhill Racing Circuit that will see you take to our British Championship track in a multitude of vehicles and sample a full-on Karting race as part of your day.

We have a limited number of spaces on the grid for this date (future dates will be released), however, we are looking for 18 eager individuals to come along to Knockhill for a spot of car racing fun; and what’s even better, we’ve drastically reduced the comparable price of this product to entice you.

For just £189 per person, you’ll get to sample the delights of Honda’s flagship Hot Hatch - the Civic Type R - as driven by Knockhill’s own Gordon Shedden en-route to a Scottish record 3 rd British Touring Car title. Additionally, you’ll get to take your seat behind the wheel of our 1.8 litre, 16V Audi powered Formula Race Car - complete with AP racing brakes, Hewland LD200 race gearbox and Cosworth digital dash. The rear-mounted engine and gearbox will provide you with ample power and stability to hurtle your Van Diemen chassis car around Knockhill’s iconic twists and dips with confidence. And, to top of your day you’ll head onto the Knockhill Karting track in our 50mph Sodi GT5 karts for a proper racing finale. A straight Kart race between all 11 members of the Formula Race Day - with champagne spraying and trophies presented at the end of the day.

The Important Part…

This is an exclusive one-off price for the Formula Race Day on Saturday 27th October at 10:00am. This is a NEW offering from Knockhill in this particular format and the price of £189 is extremely competitive against other Knockhill Driving Experience Vouchers of a similar type.


Should you be unable to make the specific date of the Formula Race Day event we will allow you to roll your booking into another suitable date. If no dates suit, we will allow your voucher to be redeemed within a period of 8 months.

The Breakdown:

Formula Race Day welcome and briefing

4 laps in the Civic Type R on the main Knockhill track, where you will be accompanied by a Knockhill Instructor who will guide you through the track, breaking points, gearing and answer any questions you may have.

2 further laps in our Honda CRV, this time with the Instructor driving - demonstrating all the elements you’ve discussed in your coaching laps

It’s then into the Formula Race Cars where you’ll enjoy 10 solo laps of the Knockhill track with the other members of the Formula Race Day.

Once complete, the entire group will head to the Karting Centre to round off the day with a thrilling head-to- head battle on our 500m outdoor track - behind the wheel of our 50mph Karts. A full safety briefing for the Karting track will also take place.

So, why should you come?

We regularly receive 5 star ratings for our Driving Experience products. If you want to sample an approved FIA and MSA venue in some fantastic machinery then look no further. Our safety record and customer attention are second-to-none and for 25 years our products have been delivering exhilarating days out for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Therefore, if you want to sample this unique Formula Race Day format – simply fill in the form above and leave the rest to us.

Who can take part?

To take part in our Formula Race Day you must hold a current, full, UK driving licence - which you’ll need to present on the day.

Duration and Registration:

The Formula Race Day will take approximately 2 hours to complete. If those booked in can make their way to Kinnairds Restaurant by 1.15am for a 1:45pm starting time.


Tell your mates, loved ones or friends and get them join you… an experience shared with others is a far more immersive experience all-round. However, don’t be shy to be a lone wolf - there will be other individuals sharing the day with you. Family and friends are welcome to attend and there are plenty of on-site restaurant facilities if required.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Formula Race Day.

See you out on track.

Q. Do I need a full driving Licence for this experience?

A. Yes! A full valid UK/European driving licence is required for the Racing Car Experience. We may ask you to produce your licence and ask that you have this available.

Q. How long is the Racing Car Experience Gift Voucher Valid for?

A. Generally our gift vouchers are valid for 8 months if purchased in the months of January through to October and 12 months if purchased in November and December. We also have some special offers available for shorter validity gift vouchers. Please check the validity stated on your chosen Racing Car Experience package.

Q. Must I use the Racing Car Experience voucher before the expiry date?

A. Yes, although we will be happy to extend your voucher at a charge of £10 per month for a maximum of 6 months. After this time your voucher will be expired.

Q. How soon will I receive my voucher?

A. An e-voucher will be sent to you instantly on completion of your order! Our gift vouchers and gift boxes are posted out to you within 1 day using Royal Mail’s first class post service. For those really urgent postal orders you can select Next Day Delivery for an additional £5 fee.

Q. What does a Racing Car Experience e-voucher look like?

A. Our e-vouchers are sent directly to your email address as a PDF attachment. This prints off easily on to A4 sized paper and shows lovely images and full experience details. It’s a super quick and easy way to order a gift voucher, simply purchase then print off and present! There is no charge for sending an e-voucher.

Q. What does a Gift Voucher look like?

A. Our printed gift vouchers look great! They are A4 sized and contain experience images and full details of your visit; there is a perforated section at the bottom with security foil and booking details. We will post this out to you with a glossy gift wallet and accompanying envelope. Our packaging is unbranded to keep the gift a secret until the big day. There is a charge of £1.50 for this service.

Q. What is included in the gift box?

A. If you choose to add a gift box to your order, we will enclose an A4 sized printed gift voucher in a metal presentation box alongside a quality branded ballpoint pen and Knockhill keyring. This is posted out to you in an unbranded protective cardboard wrapping just the right size to fit through your letterbox. It’s a lovely gift in itself and fun to wrap up and keep them guessing. There is a charge of £6.50 for this option including postage.

Q. Are the Racing Car Experience gift vouchers refundable?

A. For your peace of mind you can return your voucher to us within 7 days of receipt for a full refund. All refunds will be made to the purchaser by the original payment method. After the 7 day period and before the expiry date you may transfer the voucher to an alternative driver, experience or product from the Knockhill range.

Q. What happens if I pick the wrong experience?

A. Our driving experience collection is completely flexible! If you have chosen the wrong experience, we will be happy to change this to any other experience within the same price range at no additional charge. You can also upgrade to another experience at any time.

Q. Do I have to arrange a date for the Racing Car Experience?

A. No! A suitable date and time can be arranged with us anytime within the validity period.

Q. How do I arrange a date and time to take part?

A. You can contact us by telephone! We are available 7 days a week from 9am until 6pm (5pm at weekends). Alternatively you can book a date online; select ‘Redeem a Voucher’ and follow the on screen instructions; you will need your voucher reference number and the driver’s surname.

Q. What happens if the weather is bad on the day of my Racing Car Experience?

A. We are normally unaffected by the weather and experienced at operating within the Scottish climate. Your safety is our number one priority and should the weather become extreme and we feel it is not safe to drive on track; your experience may be withdrawn. If this happens we will make every effort to contact you before you make your journey to Knockhill, unfortunately for late cancellations this may not be possible. Your experience can be rearranged for another date suitable for you and we can grant you 3 additional months validity on your voucher if you need it!

Q. What if I need to cancel my chosen date?

A. We will be happy to accept one cancellation and rebooking at no extra charge; all we ask is that you give us 14 days’ notice. Any cancellations out with this period will be subject to an additional £20 cancellation fee. Non-attendance will incur a 50% additional rebooking charge.

Q. Can I arrange ‘Extra Products’ on the day of my Racing Car Experience?

A. Yes, however all products are all subject to availability so prebooking is recommended.

Q. Will there be other people driving on track at the same time?

A. Yes, you will take part alongside other participants. There may be some reasonable waiting time involved and your briefing and debriefing will be held as part of a group! In our experience this makes for a fun visit with a little friendly competition.

Q. Can my family and friends come along to spectate?

A. Yes, the more the merrier! All our experiences are great fun for spectators too. Friends and family are welcome to cheer you on from the ‘Pit Lane’ or view from the warmth of ‘Race Control’. Our on-site restaurant will be open for hot and cold food, snacks and drinks. We do ask that you leave your dogs at home as they are not permitted within the venue.

Q. How early should I arrive for my Racing Car Experience?

A. Please arrive at least 20mins before your allocated briefing time. You should report to the registration area located within Kinnairds restaurant.

Q. Is there an age restriction?

A. Yes, you must be at least 17 years old and hold a + with a full valid UK/European driving licence. There is no upper age limit.

Q. Is there a height and weight restriction?

A. There are no set restrictions for the Racing Car Experience. The seating area of the Racing Car may be restrictive for some of our larger or taller customers. If you have any concerns at all about your comfort in the vehicle you are very welcome to come along at any time prior to the experience and try it out for size.

Q. What sort of clothes and footwear is best?

A. Dress for comfort and outdoors. We suggest Jeans and trainers or anything that you are comfortable driving in. High heels, sandals and flip flops are best avoided. We have waterproof suits available for rainy days.

Q. What happens if I crash?

A. We take your safety and the safety of our staff and our other customers very seriously at Knockhill; if you follow the directions and guidance of our instructors and experience team this is highly unlikely. However, motorsport is dangerous and should any accidents happen on track all vehicles are the responsibility of Knockhill Racing Circuit Ltd and you will not be liable for damage to them. Our operations team are all highly trained in emergency first aid for your safety and peace of mind. We also hold public liability insurance to the value of £10, 000,000.

Q. Are there any other Charges or fees?

A. In a word NO! There are no hidden charges with our experiences. We don’t ask you to sign up for expensive liability waivers or cancellation insurances. The price we charge offers you a full experience with first class facilities, expert instruction and allocated laps on track. You can purchase extra products such as photographs or extra laps to enhance your Racing Car Experience; these are entirely optional and are available for your enjoyment at Scotland’s National Motorsport Centre.


A. Give us a call on 01383 720044 select option 1 and we will be happy to help. Normal opening hours 9am-6pm (5pm Sat/Sun).