Yas Marina Circuit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UPDATE: Since our last visit, there has been a significant drop in the number of available cars. However, this hasn't affected the overall rating. The main attractions are still available, so this remains an experience that all Abu Dhabi visitors should try.
- Cars 80% 70%
- Race Track 90% 80%
- Customer Service 70% 65%
- Safety 90% 90%