Frequently Asked Questions
How do I buy a gift voucher?
To buy a gift voucher, click here.
How do I redeem a gift voucher?
If you wish to redeem your voucher over the phone, please call us on (07) 377 0338
To redeem a voucher and book your racecar experiences please click here, select your experience and click the Book Now tab.
Select from the avaliable dates followed by the avaliable drive time.
Select any upgrades you wish to purchase (our indeminity waiver (insurance) is avalibale here also), otherwise select skip.
At the checkout, you will have a summary of the experience. If this is correct, please enter your voucher number including all numbers and letters.
Continue to complete the on-screen form which will provide us with your details as these may be different from the purchasers.
Once you have completed this you will receive a confirmation email with your drive details.
I have a gift voucher from another reseller. What do I do?
Formula Challenge exepriences are also avalibale through the following resellers.
How many laps do I get?
Our experiences are based on Track 3 unless otherwise stated on the day (occassionaly we have to use a different track). Track 1 and Track 2 are over double the length of Track 3. This means you will get the same, if not more, driving time, but your lap number will be halved.
What are the Terms and Conditions of booking?
To read Formula Challenge Terms and Contiions, please click here.
What happens if I damage a car?
You are liable for any damage (up the replacement cost) to the car while you are driving.
What are the cars like to drive?
Driving a racecar, whether a single seater or a V8 saloon, is an unfrogettable experience and totally different from driving a road car.
Do I drive the car on my own?
At Formula Challenge, your session driving the V8 racecar is made easier by having one of our qualified instructors sitting alongside you. They are there to help you get the most out of the experience, both in lap times and enjoyment.
How much power do the cars have and how fast can they go?
All the speciifcations about the cars can be found in the "Our Cars" section of our webiste.
What time of driving can I do?
You will be driving our specially prepared V8 or single seater racecars on one of New Zealand’s top race tracks.
Would my partner enjoy this experience as a gift?
Absolutely!!!! Whether they’re into V8 Supercars, Formula 1, Indy car, any other sort of motorsport or they just like driving fast, this will be an experience that they won’t forget!!
Do I need safety gear?
No. Formula Challenge will provide you with a race suit, race boots, helmet and gloves for the duration of your experience. The only thing you need to bring is a pair of socks!
Do I need a licensce?
Are there any other cars on the track?
Yes, there can be other cars on the track but these will only be of the same type and we always limit the number of cars for safety.
Can I bring my friends and family to watch?
Of course! Everybody is welcome and one of your lucky spectators will get the chance to go around the track with you when you go on your familiarisation lap.
Can I upgrade my experience?
Yes you can. At any stage during the day, you can upgrade to do extra laps, have another session, buy a go pro video of your drive or do an alternative experience.
What size groups can I bring?
Due to the amount of cars we have, we can provide experiences for individuals through to large groups of up to 200 drivers per day. Please email us to discuss your guest numbers if you have a large group.
How do I find Formula Challenge?
How do I know how good I am against other drivers?
If your time is fast enough, then it will be added to our Top 30 Leaderboard where you will stay for 6 months or until someone beats your time. This list will be updated after each drive day.
Do you recommend anywhere in Taupo or stay?
What other activities can I do with you?
When does my voucher expire?
Vouchers are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. This date will be stated on your voucher.
What if the weather on the day of my drive is bad?
Formula Challenge can run in most weather conditions however in extreme situations a day may have to be postponed. Formula Challenge will do its best to re book you on another date that suits.
Can I postpone my experience if, for some reason, I am unable to do it?
What if there is another Covid lockdown preventing me from doing my experience?
If in the event that Covid returns to New Zealand and New Zealand, or any part of New Zealand, is put into lockdown, we will put your order on hold and rebook your experience for a later date at no additional cost.