PUPILS tested their driving skills by getting behind the wheel of a 200mph car – while still in their classroom.
Sixth form students at the King’s School in Tynemouth were among the first to try out a new business venture set up by Morpeth man Richard Stainsby.
He has created the F1 Driving Experience which sees a full scale, fibreglass F1 replica car set up in front of three 50-inch plasma screens and surround sound.
The new concept allows people to experience the thrill and speed of an F1 driver around real-tracks used by the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.
Richard, 58, took along the simulator as an initial test to see how it would go down and is now hoping to take it to exhibitions and shows and appeal to group or corporate events.
He said: “My aim is to utilise a full size Formula 1 replica car with state-of-the-art simulator to make Formula 1 accessible for individual, group and corporate events as well as shows and exhibitions.
“It’s a really exhilarating experience.
“I wanted to check our set up times and test run the car and simulator systems.
“King’s was a good location and the students were keen on racing so it was a fitting first pit stop for us to give it a go.”
King’s sixth-former Jonathan Karimian, 18, from Whitley Bay, said: “It was different to what you would expect from a computer game.
“Sitting in a replica car changes everything. I can drive but wouldn’t normally experience that level of cornering. It was thrilling.”
Classmate Harry Firth, 18, from Morpeth, added: “I race go-karts and this experience was certainly up there with karting.
“It feels and sounds realistic. I admire Jenson Button’s cool, calm skills even more now.”
For more information on the F1 Driving Experience call 07764 221421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org