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Lotus Driving Academy

Potash Lane | Group Lotus, Hethel, Wymondham NR14 8EZ, England
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Being taught to drive a Lotus around the Lotus test track by a Lotus F1 driver....I am married with... read more

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12Edward
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Chipping Campden, United Kingdom
A great day at the Lotus factory

We attended a Bronze licence day that comprised three 20 minute track sessions with tuition, a tour... read more

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MHT46
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Drivers seeking the opportunity to drive the latest Lotus models at the famed manufacturer’s facility in Hethel, near Norwich now have the chance to follow in the wheel tracks of Lotus legends. From as little as £119 for its ‘Scare Yourself Sensible’ package right through to the intensive ‘Gold’ course at £799, the Lotus Driving Academy offers a range of driving experiences suitable for anyone looking for a more involving and informative track session that will enhance and hone their driving skills. - For any licence holder over the age of 21 - Postal and E-Gift vouchers available
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Potash Lane | Group Lotus, Hethel, Wymondham NR14 8EZ, England
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Reviewed today

Being taught to drive a Lotus around the Lotus test track by a Lotus F1 driver....I am married with three children so cannot state publicly that it was the greatest day of my life, but it is definitely in the top five!!

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Reviewed today

We attended a Bronze licence day that comprised three 20 minute track sessions with tuition, a tour of the Lotus manufacturing plant and a visit to Classic Team Lotus. This day is a perfect introduction to the Lotus brand with a chance to see fantastic...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The day is held at the Lotus factory in Hethel, I attended the bronze level lotus licence having previously attended the scare yourself sensible course. The day involves two driving sessions with a lotus instructor on both the North and South tracks designed to improve...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

As a lifelong “petrol head” and with recently becoming a Lotus owner, I was absolutely delighted to receive this taster to the world of Lotus cars for my birthday. I had built-up in my mind how good it should be to drive an Elise in...More

Thank Richard R
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Simon P, Manager at Lotus Driving Academy, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks Richard, it was a pleasure to have you at the Lotus Driving Academy and glad to hear you enjoyed your day. We believe we have the most knowledgeable and passionate people here at the Academy and coupled with the experience of our instructors aim...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a full day of action at LDA. The weather was appalling and I was concerned that it would spoil the day. I had no need to worry. Firstly, my coach was Martin Donnelly, ex Lotus F1 driver. I couldn’t believe it! Secondly, the car...More

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Simon P, Manager at Lotus Driving Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks TC, Glad to hear you enjoyed your day. It's not many places I agree that you can sit next to an Ex-F1 driver and have them coach you! Hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well taken care of at Hethel, a nice unrestricted drive of the Elise with personable, well qualified instructors and a thorough walk of the factory assembly floor. Wish I could of stayed longer...

Thank Thomas P
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Simon P, Manager at Lotus Driving Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your review Thomas, we believe the Elise is the perfect training car if you want to understand vehicle dynamics! Hopefully we'll see you back on one of our driver training programmes?

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for the "scare yourself day" and had an absolutely amazing time. The very knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff members made our experience very memorable. Having been an avid fan and lotus owner (JPS Esprit) for many years the factory visit was a great insight in...More

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Simon P, Manager at Lotus Driving Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Chris, glad you enjoyed your experience, we are lucky as we have the best (and most knowledgeable) people that work with us. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just intended to do the Bronze Licence but the day was so good I had to come back for the Silver Licence. Great instructors to take you through the day, giving you confidence and encouraging you as your technique builds. The cars are a...More

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Simon P, Manager at Lotus Driving Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Stuart, we do think we are lucky to have some of the best instructors in the business! Look forward to seeing you on the Silver licence!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did the Scare Yourself Sensible half day. Absolutely fantastic, the tour was amazing, loved seeing the different stages of car build. Can’t tell you how much I loved the driving though, you learn so much in a short time and think you’re fast......until the instructor...More

Thank John R
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Simon P, Manager at Lotus Driving Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review John and glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Look forward to seeing you on the Lotus Licence!

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Everything TOP NOTCH for all the petrolheads out there: stunning driving experience and tuition, in-depth visits to the production and to the classic F1 team "shelter", great teachers, incredible cars and accurate logistics: if you are willing to attend, go for the entire LOTUS LICENCE...More

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Simon P, Manager at Lotus Driving Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thanks Gigi, we enjoyed having you stay with us and hope to see you again soon!

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RSFdowser
26 March 2018|
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Response from Elan P | Property representative |
Hi, tours start at 13:00 and Lotus advises people to arrive between 12:30 and 12:45. The Lotus Driving Academy and Lotus Factory Tours are operated separately and independently from each other. Whilst some LDA experiences... More
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Hello, All of our 2016 dates are available on our website. If you would like to book a specific date in 2017 please email us via the contact page on the website. Thanks, LDA
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