Set amongst the scenic mountain backdrop of Central Otago you’ll find Highlands, boasting one of the most impressive motorsport park racing circuits in Australasia. It’s here you can try the ultimate Subaru WRX experience, getting behind the wheel of a high performance, turbocharged sedan with guidance from professional driving instructors. This is the only place in the world where you can have an experience of this kind in a Subaru! Channel your inner Top Gear, feel the vibes of the Stig and put yourself to the test with one of their dedicated driving packages.
This experience is an absolute winner for corporate groups – there’s nothing like a bit of friendly team banter as you watch your colleagues hit the track, crossing your fingers they haven’t beaten your time or your talent!
Here’s what to expect from the Highlands WRX package.
Before your WRX Driving Experience
When you arrive at Highlands for your Subaru WRX experience you’ll be met by a friendly team who will help you sign in and navigate the health and safety forms before kicking off. There’s plenty of space here to store your bags if you wish, and for any friends or colleagues without drivers licenses, they can still join you as back seat passengers if they want a taste of the action!
From here you’ll be introduced to your professional Highlands instructor. These drivers have raced professionally during their careers, winning events both nationally and internationally – they really know their stuff. Well-versed in the complexities of the challenging and spectacular Highlands Circuit, they’re ready to guide you through your driving experience, one corner at a time. Your driver will offer a full briefing and outline the plan for the day before kicking off.
During your WRX Driving Experience
Meet the Subaru WRX – A flat 4, 2litre turbo sedan that is bursting with power! “Hot off the press”, these cars have less than 2000km on the clock and offer an extremely slick driving experience. Travel with your fleet in convoy to the start of your experience, and get a feel for being behind the wheel.
The activities to follow depend on what experience you have selected, however all start with a period of conditioning. Spend some time getting accustomed to the workings of your vehicle’s anti-lock brakes by testing your high-performance abilities on a slalom coned course. Find yourself hurtling towards those florescent cones at 100km/h before attempting to pulse, brake, steer and navigate all at the same time. Try your best not to clear-out the cones on your way through.
Your Highlands driver will be in the passenger seat providing tips along the way, he will time and report on how you improve through each slalom course. After your turn, take a moment to calm those clammy hands and watch your friends and colleagues screeching across the tarmac – hopefully not beating your time. Winners are announced at the group prize-giving at the end of the day.
Taster Experience: For those doing the Taster Experience, you’ll then move on to another high-performance activity, before participating in a controlled track lap behind a pace car on the C-Circuit.
The Ultimate Experience: For those lucky enough to participate in the ultimate experience, enjoy FIVE unique experiences on the circuit, including 3 high performance activities as outlined by your professional driver. After your timed slalom on the coned course and ABS braking activity you’ll put your skills to use in the Gymkhana time trial; pushing you to your limits behind the wheel.
After your WRX Driving Experience
Once your own personal driving experience is complete, swap places with your Highlands Professional Driver as they take your for a hot-lap at full-pace. Sit comfy in the passenger seat why they show you why they’re amongst the country’s most elite drivers. If your heart wasn’t pumping before now, it will be! Then settle in with your friends at the Highlands Museum or Members’ Lounge to cool off with an icy beverage, toasting the fastest member of your group.
With four different packages that include the Subaru WRX experience, we can cater for groups of up to 100 – tell us more about what you’re after and the size of your team, and we can help to suggest the package to suit. Make it a truly epic day out by adding in a delicious lunch followed by Go Karting, the Dirt Buggy adventure, Laser Clay, and the famous Highlands Taxi.
Learn more about the WRX driving experience packages here. Competing against the clock with your friends and colleagues in scenic Central Otago is both competitive and great for team-building – and this is the only place in the world where an experience of this type is on offer. Get in touch now to book a group…
Heather Lindsay January 31, 2020
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