Yas Marina Circuit - Supercar Driving Experience

The Yas Marina Circuit driving experience allows customers to drive supercars, open wheel cars or GT race cars at the awe-inspiring Yas Marina Circuit. For those who don’t know, this is the circuit that currently hosts the last race on the Formula 1 calendar. Its also considered to be one of the best circuits in the world. The fact that it’s built around the Yice Viceroy hotel makes it a great place to experience driving on a race track.

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Review - Supercar and race car driving in Abu Dhabi

With oil wealth at their disposal, many cities in the middle east are fast becoming must-see tourist destinations. These cities have unique sky scrappers designed and built by world-class architects and construction companies. They also have record-breaking tourist attractions like super fast roller-coasters and Ferris wheels at theme parks that are just as exciting as any you’ll find in Europe or the United States. Two examples of these cities are Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. While Dubai gets more attention for its tourist attractions, Abu Dhabi isn’t far behind when it comes to places to see and things to do.

One thing that Abu Dhabi can boast of having that you won’t find in Dubai is a Grand Prix Circuit. Located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, The Yas Marina Circuit hosts the last race of the F1 season every year. The fact that it’s built around the W Abu Dhabi and located at the marina makes this an exciting place to watch an F1 race. It’s no wonder then, that you’ll find celebrities and other dignitaries at the paddock during these races.

But what can be better than watching an F1 race at this gorgeous location? The opportunity to drive on the track. That’s what the Yas Marina Driving Experience offers. Anyone with a driving license can get behind the wheel of a capable GT or open-wheel race car at this storied circuit. For racing fans, it is tough to claim anything can be better. Let’s explore what this experience offers.

Review - Supercar and race car driving in Abu Dhabi

Cars

There is a collection of supercars, GT race cars, and open wheel cars available to choose from. The open wheel car called the Formula Yas 3000 was specially designed for the circuit. While they may not have the long list of supercars available at a place like Dream Racing or Exotics Racing, Yas Marina has more car categories than most driving experiences in the world. Since our first visit, there has been a significant drop in the number of available cars. However, this hasn't affected the overall rating since this experience was never one with an extensive collection of cars.  The main attractions are still available, so this remains an experience that all Abu Dhabi visitors should try.

Customer Care

While customer care is reasonably decent, like the drag racing experience, you can’t cancel or postpone the date for any reason once the booking is complete. Again, this is the most inflexible policy we have encountered. Their response to email is also inconsistent. It’s best to communicate by phone. 

Review - Supercar and race car driving in Abu Dhabi

Safety

There is a good safety briefing with an instructor before going on to the race track. The session includes a short lecture and some video.

Review - Supercar and race car driving in Abu Dhabi

Race Track

The Yas Marina Circuit is both beautiful and functional. Just having an opportunity to drive on the race track may be enough to consider this experience. However, unlike Formula GT(Barcelona) and Puresport(Monza), no option allows you to drive on the full track. Not even in the Yas 3000. Consequently, it will be pointless to go into every detail of the full track configuration used in F1 races. You won't get a chance to experience it. However, driving through the tunnel from the paddock will have a very chilling effect on any F1 fan, as memories from F1 finales are bound to flood your brain and increase the excitement. It's also worth noting that the track configuration you're offered will depend on the car you choose to drive and may likely change with time.

Experience Video

Yas Marina does not offer a video of supercar driving experiences. The video is only available for the Yas 3000 and the Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Unfortunately, we didn’t know this before completing our booking which couldn’t be changed.

Review - Supercar and race car driving in Abu Dhabi

Bottom Line

This experience is more about driving on the fantastic Yas Marina track than anything else. The fleet of cars available is respectable and better than what you’ll find at a lot of other providers (when combining all categories). While we recommend this experience, the shortened track length, selective video availability and the policy around postponement/cancellation, prevent it from earning an editor’s choice award.

  • Cars
    8/ 10
  • Customer Care
    6/ 10
  • Safety
    8/ 10
  • Race Track
    9/ 10

Score: 4 Star

Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Website: Yas Marina Circuit Experiences

Relative Cost: $$


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