Goodwood’s exhilarating new driving days

Skid-pan and cross-country thrills at the 12,000-acre estate

Speed and scenery make an exhilarating couplingin a new series of driving experiences taking place on Goodwood’s historic circuit – following in the racing lines of Sirs Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart – and across its 12,000-acre South Downs estate.

For racing purists, a two-hour performance track session on Goodwood's motor circuit includes spins in three sets of wheels: two sleek M-Series BMWs, and a zippy Mini Cooper. The £349 package includes one-to-one professional tuition, a sports massage, and a high-speed passenger ride, hitting all the corners at top speed. Or for 60 minutes of classic skid-pan thrills, the Spin & Slide experience (£99) will see drivers take to a low-grip surface in an M-series for 50 minutes of bracing power-sliding, following a how-to on maximising their skills in controlling under- and over-steer.

Practice makes perfect, especially before an ambitious summer-driving escapade. Other Goodwood courses enlighten on how to sharpen extreme weather skills (£69), while for young drivers, could any lesson (£99) be cooler than one that’s part of a fleet of Minis?

Roaring between woodland and road in a BMW X5 – around chalk pits, then up and over muddy West Sussex hillocks – Goodwood’s off-road course will challenge hardy motorists. A bespoke “Ultimate” day package combining the best of Goodwood’s performance, academy and off-road experiences might include a 4x4 half-day adventure (£495) that offers a luxe opportunity to refuel: a quiet glade and fire-pit await deep in the forest, where drivers will be greeted by home-grown delights (from meat pies to cheeses and chutneys) straight from the Goodwood Estate and farm, served by a butler. Tanks full and behind the wheel once again, drivers will tackle descents set steeply between the trees. And thanks to the X5’s hill control, before handing over the keys instructors may utter three very special words: no braking necessary.


Petrol heads might like to put pedal to metal in the Caterham 620R, the most thrill-inducing Seven of all time, or vintage car enthusiasts might like a spin in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage


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