Driving Experience track: Longcross Proving Ground - Chobham

23 Dec 2015 09:57

This test track in Chobham, Surrey has a fantastic alpine feel due to its woodland location and dramatic elevation changes over its 2.2 mile course. The former MOD test facility goes by the name of the Longcross Proving Ground as well as the Chobham test track. The track is extremely popular for Track Days and Driving Experiences. Offering long straights, dramatic elevation changes with a variety of cambers and with a section called 'The Snake' being particularly notable.

The track has gone from being shrouded in secrecy as a proving ground for WWII and Cold War tanks to a venue for thrill-seekers.

The track has plenty of areas for spectators to take photos but these areas can be exposed to the elements so dress accordingly with the weather.

The track

The track is not a racing circuit and lacks the wide run-offs that you find in converted airfields. What you do find is a technical track that has a variety of characteristics that provides a broad range of challenges to both vehicles and drivers.

On first exiting the pitlane you enter a long, high speed section of track which banks and turns 180 degrees into another long wide straight before entering the section known as 'the snake'.

As the name suggests, this is a twisting section which twists and turns through a woodland section whilst sharply gaining elevation until the road crests and you are briefly looking at sky. Flying over the crest you then approach a sharp hairpin turn followed by more twists before exiting onto a fast straight with a number of chicanes to keep you on your toes. There is a long parabolic curve which indicates you are about to pass the pitlane to start another breathtaking lap.

The track has been used for many TV adverts and feature films and this track really favours fast, agile supercars such as the Ferrari 458, Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

Chobham is near London and convenient and convenient with links to the M25 and M3.

Driving Experiences

There are a huge variety of driving experiences on offer at Chobham from truck experiences to Aston Martin Vantage and high speed Radical rides for adults as well as junior experiences and passenger rides. There are some great value offers on trackdays.co.uk for single car experiences and packages such as Supercar Supreme, Ultimate Aston Martin and Ultimate Ferrari.