Ferrari California Thrill

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The Ferrari California is a Ferrari with a lot of Ferrari firsts, first front engined V8, first coupe cabriolet and the first to be fitted with a dual clutch gearbox and you can be one of the first to experience this Ferrari on selected dates with The Racing School.

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Any Venue Gold Thrill & High Speed Passenger Ride

Choose from Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Three Sisters or the Oulton Park Circuit for a full 6 mile drive behind the wheel of the fabulous Ferrari California, then slip into the passenger seat of the agile Abarth 595 Turismo as one of our ARDS instructors takes you out onto the track for a white knuckle High Speed Passenger Ride.

Voucher valid for 12 months

Forthcoming dates

Brands Hatch - 19th & 20th April | 19th & 20th June | 26th & 27th July | 9th & 10th August

Donington Park - 25th August

Oulton Park - 3rd May | 4th July

Three Sisters - 28th April | 29th April | 20th May | 9th June | 10th June | 29th July | 18th August | 19th August

Ferrari California

So why did Ferrari decide to build a front engined supercar when their history has been based on mid engined masterpieces? Simple, this tin top turns into a cabriolet at the touch of a button, so they need the boot space to store the roof.

The California uses the same engine as the F430, although there have been a few tweaks to the bore and the stroke to accommodate for the extra weight of the roof mechanism and although the California weighs 300kg more than the F430 and produces 30 bhp less it still manages to match it’s sibling when accelerating from a standing start to sixty miles per hour in an impressive 4 seconds. The top speed also provides evidence that this is certainly no slouch coming in at a majestic 193 mph.

Cosmetically the California has stunning good looks and you will soon find out there is no better place to be than in the luxuriously upholstered cockpit of this fabulous piece of Italian engineering. Press the engine start button on the beautifully crafted steering wheel and the V8 rumbles, but as you click through the seven-speed twin clutch the California screams as it approaches the 8,000 rpm red line. The California may be a first for Ferrari, but first of all it definitely is a Ferrari.

Ferrari California Specification
Car:Ferrari California
Max Speed:193 mph
0-60mph:4 secs
BHP:453 bhp
Transmission:Seven-speed twin clutch
Engine:4297cc 32v V8
The Experience

Your Ferrari California driving experience starts with a technical and safety briefing swiftly followed by some familiarisation laps driven by a qualified ARDS instructor, here you will be shown the racing lines and where to position the car ensuring that when you slip into the California you will make the most of your six mile drive.

Available Circuits

The Racing School Ferrari California Driving Experience is available at the following UK Race Circuits:

Ferrari California Driving Experience Format
Briefing:Technical & safety briefing
Familiarisation laps:Familiarisation laps being driven by an instructor
In Car Time:Six miles driving the Ferrari California
De-brief:10 mins
Approx. Time At Venue:1 hours 45 mins
Driving requirements
Height Min:4’ 10”
Height Max:6’ 4″
Max Weight:20 stone
Driving Licence:A full driving licence must have been held for a minimum of 12 months and needs to be produced on the day of your experience.
Tuition:Yes with professional instructor