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So you want to drive an F1 car?

British firm will put you in its Jordan for as little as $1,355

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British track-day organizer TrackDays.co.uk has a genuine Jordan F1 racing car and will let you drive it for a mere £999 ($1,355 at the current exchange rate), the company says.

“Follow in the footsteps of Grand Prix legends and drive a Jordan F1 race car once driven by motorsport legend Takuma Sato,” the company proclaims, adding that this is “the only genuine Jordan F1 driving experience of its kind anywhere in the world.”

“The all-new experience, available from TrackDays.co.uk, actually allows participants to get in the very same cockpit that was once graced by race legend Takuma Sato in 2002, as he battled fellow F1 legends such as Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello,” the announcement says.

“The legendary car itself, still sporting the instantly recognizable DHL yellow exterior, cost a cool £4.5 million to build. It is also to date the only EJ12 chassis in existence available to drive.”

“It’s very rare to have the chance to drive a genuine F1 race car that was driven in anger in the world’s foremost motorsport championship,” TrackDays operations manager Dan Jones is quoted. “It’s not for the fainthearted.”

The car is propelled by a 600-horsepower 3.0-liter Judd engine.

The company is offering drives of the car at the Bovingdon Airfield in Hertforshire, starting with the Jordan F1 Driving Experience, while also offering the Jordan F1 Suzuka Legend Experience and the Jordan F1 Grand Prix Experience, which includes 30 laps for about $5,100.

“When you consider that it could cost up to £250,000 to own a genuine model, plus the astronomical running costs, then these driving experiences in them are a real bargain while still enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime thrill,” Jones noted.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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