If you’re in the UK, you can play cops and robbers with real cars right now.
Adults in the UK are living out their video game fantasies and borrowing sports cars to pretend to be fugitives on the run from the law. Yep, really.
The rather unique driving experience from TrackDays.co.uk sounds as immersive as it gets, and lets adults take on the role of a fugitive while being pursued by a Dodge Charger V8 Police Interceptor – all in the safe surroundings of the Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire.
It’s basically cops and robbers in adult form, with real cars. Of course that means real risk, but you can’t get away with the goods without a bit of danger, can you?
Fugitives will either be driving a Mazda MX-5 or a first-generation Porsche Boxster, and while that may seem somewhat unfair in the performance area, TrackDays says you’ll need “astute decision making, lightning-fast reactions and impeccable driving skills.”
It sounds like a lot of fun, and includes half an hour covering racing lines, throttle/braking technique and safety etiquette. You even get ten minutes of track paced sighting laps, behind the Police Interceptor, in a Porsche Boxster, where you will receive tuition on basic racing lines and procedures for the arrest, before being let off the leash.
If you do manage to escape, you’ll make it onto the ‘Most Wanted’ list where your mug shot will be framed.
Unfortunately, we don’t really have anything similar in New Zealand, but there are a number of operators that offer supercar track experiences, and you can get track time behind the wheel of a V8 Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro at Hampton Downs.
Taupo Motorsport Park offers seat time in a single-seater F1-style racer, while Highlands in the South Island will let you drive a Radical SR3, which is similar to a Le Mans endurance racer. Well, after lockdown, anyway.