This is an opportunity to race the New Zealand-designed and built Formula Challenge race car, seen in the televised New Zealand championships. This is driving at its limits, as done by the pros.
Driving an F1-style single-seater racing car is unlike anything else. You're strapped into the open cockpit with your legs stretched out into the nose of the car, the steering wheel in front of you and paddle shifters on the steering wheel. You're only a couple of inches off the ground and you'll know it; you can feel every bump and vibration and you'll have to fight not to oversteer, as your super-responsive car reacts to every tiny adjustment you make.
This is an opportunity to race the New Zealand-designed and built Formula Challenge race car, seen in the televised New Zealand championships. This is driving at its limits, as done by the pros; just you and the car going at speeds significantly faster than a Porsche 911.
Your experience starts with a safety briefing about high-speed driving, including detailed instruction on the circuit's braking and corner apex points. Then at last you'll strap in to the single-seater, driving solo, putting all the theory into practice with blistering flat out laps of Taupo Raceway.
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In early 1999 Craig began designing and building Formula Challenge as a new type of racing car. Primarily this was to introduce a class of car to New Zealand which was both competitive and affordable, but most importantly gave the impression that you were driving an F1 car. He has now manufactured a total of 12 cars, including a custom built two seater version, to allow people to experience the thrill of being driven in a single seater racing car.
Craig was instrumental in running the successful Formula Challenge TV series which was introduced to New Zealand Motorsport enthusiasts in 2002 and has continued yearly through to 2005.
Formula Challenge cars incorporate all the technology of a modern racing car, with F1 style paddle gear change, full data logger acquisition dash equipment and are built to conform to all MotorSport New Zealand safety requirements.
• Power: 150 BHP
• Top Speed: 230 km/h
• 0-100: 3.8 seconds
• 100-0: 1.8 seconds
• Cornering Force: 1.98G max
• Max RPM: Approx 12,500
• Suzuki GSXR 1100cc
• Steering wheel F1 style paddle shift sequential 5 speed gearbox
• FORMULA CHALLENGE 4 piece body kit
• Computer aided design Steel Space Frame Chassis Adjustable front and rear wings
• Unequal length wishbones mounted front and rear
• Push-rod activation of spring and damper units through bell cranks
• Anti-dive and anti-squat geometry
• Adjustable roll bars front and rear
• Trackspax adjustable shocks front and rear
Cockpit & Safety:
• 3 inch six point harness
• Cockpit adjustable brake bias
• Moulded Indi Seat
• PI System 2 Dash (upgrades available)
• Data Logger
• FORMULA CHALLENGE disc brake system
• Toyo 8" front tyres
• Silverstone 10" rear groove slick tyres
• Arrow wheel rims
• Length: 3900 cms
• Front Track: 1560 cms
• Rear Track 1500 cms
The venue require the guest to sign a damage waiver i.e. the driver must pay for any damage (excess $4000). However we reduce this to $300 excess, for the cost of $50 payable on the day.
Taupo Raceway (Taupo)