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No doubt like me, you will have received your invite to the McLaren GT High Performance Track Event.

Am I the only one who thinks that paying £1020 to wear out my own car and tyres around Silverstone is totally outrageous and a complete rip off?

I know Aston offer their own driving experience for this sort of money providing all of the cars and the tuition (which is an extra £50 for 20 mins for McLaren).

Does our canny Yorkshire man concur with me on this :D
 

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I did the Aston thing at Silverstone with petrol, tyres, brakes, instruction all day long plus lunch and beverages. VFM given what you spend taking your own car.
 

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No doubt like me, you will have received your invite to the McLaren GT High Performance Track Event.

Am I the only one who thinks that paying £1020 to wear out my own car and tyres around Silverstone is totally outrageous and a complete rip off?

I know Aston offer their own driving experience for this sort of money providing all of the cars and the tuition (which is an extra £50 for 20 mins for McLaren).

Does our canny Yorkshire man concur with me on this :D
Well,if its as good as castle coombe,with as few a cars,percentage wise for the better track its on a par!!;) The cost of castlecoombe was considerably more to Mclaren than this,so its still subsidised,,and as they are not doing it to attract new customers its probably good value ( did i say that!!)
Plus its easy for me to say as i havent been invited.
The big plus point Zippy is your not avoiding other lesser cars on the same piece of tarmac and i assume getting Mclaren pro drivers for instruction,so the risks to you and your own are minimal,im not sure i would want to go on a cheap trackday now,fighting it out with all and sundry and 30 odd cars on the track,so if its 3 or 4 times a year its worth it,especially if Alistair from London can get the track day insurance cheap!!

So where is my invite then:D
 

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I didn't think it was that bad a price. Mind you I never do track days so don't really know what the going rate is!

Would make a cracking Birthday present... (Hopefully my wife has access to the owners lounge too!)
 

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I didn't think it was that bad a price. Mind you I never do track days so don't really know what the going rate is!

Would make a cracking Birthday present... (Hopefully my wife has access to the owners lounge too!)
Only through another owner!! Whats she doing while your away???:D
 

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It's a lot of dosh for a Track Day subject to knowing what is on offer and, importantly, how many cars on track.

A few years ago Silverstone charged about £30,000 for a day so 90 cars worked out at £350 per car after admin add ons.

Charging £50 for an instructor for 20 mins is bad PR and, possibly, once again indicates Mclarens poor understanding of how to manage their advocates.

However the redeveloped Silverstone is the perfect track for the MP12, VERY SAFE WITH LOTS OF RUN OFF.

Where is my invite Andy?
 

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It's a lot of dosh for a Track Day subject to knowing what is on offer and, importantly, how many cars on track.

A few years ago Silverstone charged about £30,000 for a day so 90 cars worked out at £350 per car after admin add ons.

Charging £50 for an instructor for 20 mins is bad <acronym title="Google Page Ranking">PR</acronym> and, possibly, once again indicates Mclarens poor understanding of how to manage their advocates.

However the redeveloped Silverstone is the perfect track for the MP12, VERY SAFE WITH LOTS OF RUN OFF.

Where is my invite Andy?
Miss read the first post,i agree the £50 for 20 mins is too much,considering we had the same drivers all day at CC in the price
 

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Since my original post I’ve been told that Silverstone costs £25,000 for the day.

Also now informed and hadn’t realised how much the Castle Combe day had cost, but this did include free instruction.

Still seems a lot of money to use own car and get through at least half to one set of tyres, plus a thank or two of fuel and untold strain on the car, especially compared with what is on offer elsewhere.

Looks like I’ll just have to save up the pennies!

Assume everybody will get an invite in due course, so (if it works) I am attaching a copy of the official invite. You can always have my place, as I'll be passing for now.

View attachment McLaren GT - High Performance Track Event Invite.pdf
 

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i think i will give it a go... i did think it's slightly pricey considering we're using our own, but thought as a first time out it would be worth a try,.. missed the castle coombe one, so keen on this... anyone had rebounds from the e mail address... i keep getting returns from the e mail address that they supplied...
 

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Yes the email rebounds. Ask your dealer for the direct email to crs racing or mcgt. I assume they front Chris Goodwin on this one.

I have booked as it will be limited to 40 cars but expect 30 car take-up. The 'new' Silverstone is very safe with large run off with the exception of the pit straights.I think the track will suite the MP12 but wonder if the steel brakes will be up to it.

Anybody got feedback on steel brakes at Silverstone???

When Porsche Club do it it is £350 but with 100/120 cars in 20 min sessions. Mclaren will be half hour sessions. Shame not an open pitlane with so few cars but maybe seperating the V-max from My-max makes sense.
 

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so silverstone international is the full circuit... i don't know why but for some reason i thought that meant it wouldn't be the full circuit.. guess just being pessimistic.. !
thanks for the tip.. will talk to the london fellows.. thanks RIC...
 

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No, it is not the full circuit, just checked as below. Not sure what to make of this, on one hand it is easier on the brakes and to learn but on the other it is expensive for 'half' the track'. Ummmmmm,

I always thought that Luffield and Maggots was a bit Mickey Mouse but Woodcote and Copse kinda fun and demanding commitment.
 

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so silverstone international is the full circuit... i don't know why but for some reason i thought that meant it wouldn't be the full circuit.. guess just being pessimistic.. !
thanks for the tip.. will talk to the london fellows.. thanks RIC...
I think I'm correct in saying that the International circuit is the lower loop of the Grand Prix Circuit?

My wife will no doubt confirm in due course Andy!

Edit: Beaten to it by RIC!
 

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I think I'm correct in saying that the International circuit is the lower loop of the Grand Prix Circuit?

My wife will no doubt confirm in due course Andy!

Edit: Beaten to it by RIC!
Will always try to be accommadating to other members:)
 

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I'm aware there's a superficial paradox with me shutting my ears and going blah blah blah about depreciation and backing out of this opportunity on cost grounds, but I don't have a choice in what my car might be worth in the future. Choosing to spend £1020 + instruction costs on top + probably £700 worth of tyres adds up to the best part of £2k for 1 days driving which is a stretch too far for me. £2k is about 25 tanks of fuel or another 5,000 miles of driving in the real world or, to put it another way, The Stelvio and back 3 times....
 

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I'm aware there's a superficial paradox with me shutting my ears and going blah blah blah about depreciation and backing out of this opportunity on cost grounds, but I don't have a choice in what my car might be worth in the future. Choosing to spend £1020 + instruction costs on top + probably £700 worth of tyres adds up to the best part of £2k for 1 days driving which is a stretch too far for me. £2k is about 25 tanks of fuel or another 5,000 miles of driving in the real world or, to put it another way, The Stelvio and back 3 times....
The tyres held up very well at CC,i dont think i took more than 20% of the life out of them.they were well rippled but after Pirelli changed them round halfway through the day and a couple of weeks driving they are back to normal.So if you buy them right ,then the tyre cost all round would be south of £200,alot less if you can get your VAT back.
 

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It is very expensive especially as it is not the GP circuit. I may reconsider but the fact that it is Mac cars only has a value plus the instruction has worth for me but the best part of £1500 .......ummmm
 

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What are the GT boys wanting a free test and set up day ?
Not the full GP curcuit is a big disapointmeent , if Silveerstone is 30K to hire and they are open to 40 owners then this seems poor value for money on top of charging for instruction. I love driving Silverstone but I think this is a tad epensive.
 

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This puts the McLaren / Silverstone charges into perspective:

Full day at the Bedford Autodrome @ £175
http://www.clubmsv.com/car-home/event-details.aspx?productid=1530
But I guess it'll be busy!

OR you can just drive over to the Nordschlieffe and pay €26 per lap, or €490 for a 25 lap pass... It's an awesome experience.

Personally I think they should be charging around £250 per car but I guess the problem is that with only a couple of hundred cars sold in the UK there probably aren't many 12C owners who'll participate... It's a bit of a catch-22 situation.
 

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Have just signed up for this, agree it's expensive but should be a lot less crowded than a 'normal' track day and compared to C Coombe, very safe.
 
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