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Date: July 2009

TICKET TO DRIVE – GREAT GIFT IDEAS FROM 6TH GEAR

Most people reckon they’re pretty hot when it comes to driving, but take them out of the family hatchback and into a Lamborghini, and can they really hack it?  Why not give a 6th Gear driving experience gift voucher and let them find out!

'Ticket to drive' - 6th Gear gives you great choice
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Stop their dreaming and put them behind the wheel of a legendary supercar, an amazing choice that includes Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and an Audi R8, and all from only £99.

Be like James Bond in this Aston Martin 
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Over 600bhp of Lamborghini exhilaration
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Audi R8 - suave and sophisticated
 

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Girls drive, too!
 

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Ideal as a birthday treat, Christmas present or even as a retirement gift, a 6th Gear Experience gift voucher is a real ticket to drive - and then some!

The cars they can actually drive

Aston Martin DBS - as driven by James Bond in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, this is the most iconic of British supercars.

6.0 litre, V12 510bhp. 0 - 60mph in 4.3 seconds, top speed 195mph.  It’ll set you back a cool £159,500 to buy, but your driving experience will cost a mere fraction of that.

Lamborghini LP640 - a stonkingly quick supercar with a power output of 631bhp - and what a noise!

£220,000 will park this mega car in your driveway - or £129 will give you the kind of test drive you’ll never forget.  There are very few LP640s in the UK and we’ve got one!

6.5 litre V12 with a blistering 0 - 60mph acceleration of 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of 215mph.

Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale - the F360 is a truly legendary Ferrari created by Italian design specialist Pininfarina in collaboration with Ferrari's own Head of Design, and this model is a ‘performance’ Ferrari built for the track.

3.6 litre 400bhp at 8,000 rpm and 275 lb ft at 4,750 rpm.  Top speed over 180mph, and 0 - 60mph in 4.4 seconds.  And guess what?  It’s red!

Audi R8 - Audi also owns Lamborghini and the R8 uses the same chassis as the Gallardo, but is built in Germany.

4.2 litre FSI Quattro gives a 0 - 60mph performance of 4.6 seconds, and a top speed of 187mph from 414bhp.  £80,000 ‘fresh-out-of-the-box‘, and a classic in the making.

Other cars available include the ‘pocket rocket’ Ariel Atom, svelte Aston Martin Vantage, über cool Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago, and Rally-spec Subaru Impreza STi from just £99.

Several of the cars feature an automatic gearbox and are very straightforward to drive, so can either be driven in ‘auto’ or you can opt to change gears using the ‘paddle shift’. Manual shift cars are also available, and no previous supercar driving experience is necessary.

Safety first

A fully trained and experienced instructor who’s skilled at driving and controlling high performance cars, supervises every drive.  He’s there to guide you around our high-speed circuit and ensure maximum enjoyment in complete safety.  Safety helmets are provided where necessary.

Family friendly

Suitable for all the family, there’s plenty of action to see, so as well as watching your friend or relative put their chosen supercar through its paces, ‘Hot Laps’ are available for high-speed passenger trips in a Lamborghini with a qualified driver/instructor.  Every participant is given a certificate to mark their special drive, and action photographs are also available so you can remember your white-knuckle day with 6th Gear.

Locations

6th Gear Experience currently operates from two principal tracks, at Elvington Airfield, York, and Prodrive, Kenilworth, Warwickshire.  Two new locations, near London and Manchester will be added shortly.

Availability

6th Gear driving experiences are available as gift vouchers from a number of high street retailers including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Asda, Boots and WH Smith, and can also be ordered on-line at: www.6thgearexperience.com

Prices - what you get for £99

Upgrades to other cars are available from £20

Hot Laps in a Lamborghini cost £20

Other packages available from £99 - £895: see website for details

About 6th Gear

The company was established three years ago, and will run some 30 scheduled driving experience days in 2009, in addition to special days and corporate hospitality events.  It owns 15 supercars and retains 30 part time instructors, 10 events staff and seven full time employees.

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For more information:        

Tel: 01675 470425 or 05603 114969

Web: www.6thgearexperience.com

Issued by:

Jeremy Clarke / Sue Hitchcock

clarke@lawsonclarke.co.uk / sue.hitchcock@lawsonclarke.co.uk

Press Office, LawsonClarke PR

T: 01285 658844

Ref: SG02/2009