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“A hoot of an experience that cannot be passed up!!”

Formula Challenge Racing
Ranked #29 of 69 things to do in Taupo
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Owner description: Drive a REAL racecar on a real racetrack At Formula Challenge, we pride ourselves at being able to deliver New Zealand's best motorsport experiences. With 15 years of experience behind us, Formula Challenge is New Zealand's only Qualmark endorsed provider of motorsport experiences, guaranteeing a great time whether it's as a birthday, anniversary gift or as corporate team building or client incentive day, you'll love it! The Formula Challenge racecar and driving experiences cater for everybody, from first timers with no track experience to hardened professionals, and with our fleet of V8 Holden and Ford racecars, along with the grid of Formula Challenge single-seaters, we're able to fit all shapes and sizes. Come and experience one of the most sensational days of your life at Taupo and Hampton Downs Motorsport Parks and you'll leave with memories that'll last a lifetime. Well, until you come back for another go that is!!
Reviewed November 13, 2011

This was a surprise for my hubby and 15yo son, and I couldn’t miss out neither, so we all had a single seater to drive…
Couldn’t rave enough about the experience, I drove like a grandma, but hubby came 2nd out of our group…They record all the statistic on how you drove including gear changes and speeds etc..
The cars look, feel and perform without disappointment!! Our only disappointment was that the 10 laps was over way too quickly, but again, the whole journey was most memorable…
Recommend if you don’t have anyone coming as spectators to take photos or video to maybe bring along a helmet cam or something… This was only regret to not have had some video of the experience!!

Highly recommend this to anyone who happens to be in the region when Formula Challenge are doing their rides!!

Thank MudskipperNQ
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

Took our staff and others here and one week on they are still talking about it.Cars are very easy to drive and Craig and his team make sure you are well briefed before you do your laps.

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Reviewed May 31, 2010

Did the A1 (single seater) experience with my partner, we loved it and will definately go back sometime. Pluses were the excitement of driving what looks (well a bit) like an F1 car round the track at up to 160 kph, minuses were that it was too short as an experience.
Quite expensive but obviously a lot of cost goes into providing the equipment (cars!) and track needed for this.

Thank meteorite100
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Reviewed May 2, 2008

I found this attraction on the Virgin Blue website cause I've been wanting to do an F1 and/or A1 (single seater) driving experience for a while now. It takes about an hour from Rotorua to get to Taupo, and direction to the place is not hard to find at all.
It costs NZD 290/person for a 10-lap session, which includes the uniform, helmet and boots, but it does not include insurance, which costs another NZD 50/person. With this insurance, if something happens to your car, you will only have to pay NZD 300 max. The first thing you do after registration is to sit through a 15-minute coaching session (watching DVD plus an instructor on hand), then you get to ride with an instructor in a nascar style car for a familiarization lap (he drives and tells you when to brake, when to hit the gas, where to go, etc). And after you are suited up, you are ready to go. It was a very fun experience, not as hard as I thought it would be, and the best part is they clock your best lap, max speed and max RPM at the end of the ride. 10 laps went by real fast, that's how much fun it was. The instructors and staff were all courteous and helpful. The car did not look as great as a Ferrari, natch, but it's pretty cool still. The lap was pretty good, with a couple of tight turns to make it challenging. And at the end of the ride, there's also a presentation for winner, runner up and 2nd runner up on the podium.
Overall, an interesting and exciting attraction, and highly recommended for those looking for an adventure.

4  Thank gtahir
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Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile
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