With the 2012 season almost upon us it’s all go here at 6th Gear Experience.
During the winter we’re traditionally repainting supercars where needed, giving them the servicing they require and generally getting them ready for the first event at Bruntingthorpe on March 3rd.
So what’s been going on in the 6th Gear workshop? Well we’ve a fully operational paint spray booth with ovens as well as 4 ramps where our 5 top class technicians work on the cars. One of the older Ferrari 360′s has just been totally repainted by our in-house master painter Dave. He’s made a brilliant job of it too. Realistically most of the thirty odd supercars need some paintwork whether its just a font bumper and bonnet or indeed a total repaint. the Audi R8′s have both needed new clutchs, the Astons have generally just had routine servicing and the Lambo’s more of the same.
talking of Lambo’s we’ve just had a new one added to the fleet. Not – I’m sorry to say – the long awaited Aventador, but a year old LP550-4. A bit like a more modern Gallardo the LP550′s are a superb piece of kit. Not quite as quick as our Ferrari 458 but rapid and very stable with it’s four wheel drive.
This year however we’ll be concentrating on updating the fleet although that said, we do try to keep to current models wherever possible.
The new Ferrari 458 Italia has just been at Graypaul Nottingham for it’s first service where it had attention to a gearbox oil leak. It’s also had a new set of Michelin’s (£1400-ouch) and is on top form. Probably the fastest supercar we have at the moment point to point. In a straight line the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 might just nail it, but at 2 tons the lighter and more agile Ferrari has it whipped round corners.
Look forward to seeing even more customers in 2012!
Well we had awful weather.. but the first weekend at Blyton Park was a resounding success. What a super circuit – ultra smooth tarmac and really challenging. Customers enjoyed it thats for sure! It’s well worth making the trip over since we’ll be running there for at least 10 event days in 2012.
So the new addition to 6th Gear’s fleet is slightly different. It hasnt wheels but rotors and hasnt a petrol engine but a jet turbine. Yep it’s a Bell 206 Jet Ranger the very same chopper thats appeared in many of the Bond films over the years like ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and the like. From later this month the Jet Ranger flown by an experienced commercial helicopter pilot will be offering pleasure flights on the day known as (unsurprisingly) ‘Pay and Fly’.
So if you are coming along to oine of our events from 23rd October at Elvington onwards – subject to weather – you will be able to take a short trip in the Jet Ranger for £45. We’ll also be offering a 15 minute flight taking in the city of York and the Minster. Really great fun and great value. The chopper kind of suits 6th Gear’s image with Supercars, Trucks and Helicopters providing customers with a great range of fun activities!
The 458 is going fantastically well. It’s minor issues seem to be sorted and it’s a joy to drive. Also available to pay on the day its well worth having a lap in this magnificent beast.
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It’s been a while since the 6th Gear Experience blog has been updated mainly due to the blog being incorparated into the new website which we launched recently.
So what’s new? The 458 has been a huge success with this gorgeous supercar being full on almost every event day. It goes fantastically well but we have had a couple of issues with the fuel sender unit which shows the tank is full whereas in reality there’s not a drop in the tank. But leaving that aside the gearchange is incredible in it’s lightening response and the noise from that V8 simply captivating.
The new Lamborghini Aventador is due to land in December – ours is burnt Orange, the first ones are due in the country this Autumn and the first reports have been this Supercar is in a different league to anything else. We can’t wait!
The new Nissan GTR continues to rocket aroung any of 6th Gear’s five circuits at an awesome pace. In a straightline only the 458 and Lamborghini LP640 leave it but we are talking just a couple of car lengths up to 120mph. After that the difference is more marked, but point to point the GTR is astonishing.
With the season drawing to a close in November the remaining event days are filling fast. Blyton Park & Bruntingthorpe circuits are the new kids on the block and fantastic venues they are too.
We’ll be updating this blog much more frequently from now on, keep taking a look for the latest news..
So the stunning 458 has completed a few events now and whats the verdict? Its fantastic. That gearchange is very distinctive on the track, its like listening to a Kalashnikov machine gun. Feedback from the 150 odd customers who have been behind that stunning F1 style wheel has been mind-blowingly positive.
Latest news on our new Lamborghini Aventador is it might just appear before the end of the season. The Italians arent the best at predicting delivery dates but the signs are that it will be this year at least thank goodness.
Meanwhile our 458 Italia makes its first appearance in Evo magazine next month..
The launch of our new website is imminent.. look out for it in the next 10 days.
Before I chat about our new weapon from the boys at Maranello check out our new articulated catering truck – new for 2011!
We decided at the end of 2010 to take the catering ‘inhouse’ and converted one of the supercar doubledecked transporters to a mobile catering unit.
This now serves the most delicious food including baked potatoes with a variety of tasty filling, hot and cold sandwiches and ‘specials’ such as pork and apple sauce baps, awesome chilli con carne and even casseroles. On top of that our coffees include lovely Latte’s Cappucino’s and Espresso as well as special Tea’s and a selection of cold drinks. And all at reasonable prices too..
But back to this new Ferrari. Our 458 Italia is due to land this coming Friday 8th of April. I havent got as excited about supercars since the LP640 arrived in 2007..
Stop Press! Its here! The most stunning looking Supercar I’ve seen in ages..
With just over a week to go before the first event at Prodrive near Kenilworth its a mad rush to get everything sorted.
Andy our Operations Director has worked his magic on another one of our five articulated trucks – the latest conversion enables the 40ft trailer (which still carries four supercars) to materialise into a catering truck with which we retail panini’s baked potatoes and a full range of other appetising food.
Supercar wise here’s an update. The new Ferrari 458 has suffered delivery delays again and now lands in May. The LP700 – the first new V12 from Lamborghini in a decade – is promised for August time and what a monster this supercar will be. As I’ve said before I’ve been lucky enough to see this beast in the flesh at the factory, the only drawback is the price. How does £275,000 grab you with a few options that is.
The exciting part is that this new Murcielago replacement will be collected by 6th Gear from the factory in Sant’Agata Italy around about this time. Travelling over to Italy will be the companies Murcielago LP640 and the Orange Murcielago so on the way back to England it should be some spectacle! Imagine three big Lamborghini’s roaring through the snow tunnels of the St Gottardo pass which passes over the Alps joining Switzerland and Italy. Real Italian Job stuff!
The Ferrari 599 has now been delivered back with its new pearl white look with a matt black stripe and black wheels! It looks fantastic.
Look forward to seeing you all on one of our event days this year
Seasons Greeting for 2011 to all our customers from us all here at 6th Gear..!
It’s certainly going to be a busy one, the first event dates especially at our Surrey venue near Longcross are looking especially so.
So whats happening behind the scenes? Well most of the Supercars have now been serviced, our Ferrari 599 GTB is having a full colour makeover so will look incredible in March when the season begins – I’m not going to say which colour combination but it really will look the nuts! The Orange Murcielago is also in pieces with the leather interior in for a full retrim. Its going from cream to black with orange piping – far more practical and it’ll look awesome too.
The LP640 is also about to visit the paintshop, its front end being ultra low took quite a severe battering from stones in 2010..
We often get asked why we dont use the plastic film on the front end of the Supercars. The answer is that with hard track use, dirt gets under the film so we end up simply repainting the front ends instead.
Its only two months now till the new season begins kicking off at Prodrive’s superb circuit in Warwickshire on March 5th. Look forward to seeing you there!
So frustrating I know, but earlier this month I flew out to the Lamborghini factory at Sant’Agata to view the new LP700-4 (Murcielago replacement) with the other chaps who also have one on order in the UK.
So whats it like? Now thats the problem cos I can’t say a word! Yep, had to sign a confidentiality agreement, was sent through a metal detector and basically sworn to secrecy. What I can say is its a stunning piece of kit, 700bhp, 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds and 210+ mph max speed. It also has a seven speed paddleshift transmission..looks like no manual option which is a crying shame.
Ferrari have trodden this road before with the 458 Italia (ours arrives Jan 2011) – my opinion is that paddleshift transmission’s have their place but a manual to me is always more ‘involving’ for a driver than a paddleshift.
Colour? For 6th Gear it will probably be Pearl Yellow with black/yellow seats..
Fancy a drive? It’ll be at least July 2011 when it lands but will be available at all 3 of 6th Gear’s circuits after that..
But the 2010 season is drawing to a close – its been a tough but rewarding year. 6th Gear has grown enormously and next year we’ll be even bigger with new cars and facilities on board. 6th Gear will also be even better value for money with the new Ferrari’s and aforementioned Lamborghini’s we have coming…See you then!
We’ve been lucky enough to get an invite from Lamborghini UK to get a preview at the factory of the new Murcielago replacement due mid 2011. We’re really looking forward to this landing at 6th Gear if only because Lamborghini’s were the starting point of 6th Gear four years ago. The visit is on November 9th so I’ll report on what this leviathan is really like when I return next month!
We’re winding down here at 6th Gear Experience as the events are coming to a close. Having said that the office gets much busier as the Christmas rush starts in November with a vengeance.
Most of the months inbetween the events finishing in November and the beginning of the 2011 season in March will be taken up with preparing all the Supercars for another year of action. In addition we’re beavering away putting the logistics into place for our European expansion into Spain to for 2012. Italy and France are on target to follow in 2012.
So to recap for next year the two new Supercars joining 6th Gear’s fleet will be the stunning Ferrari 458 Italia and the aforementioned new Lamborghini V12. It’s a heavy investment for us at around half a million quid but we reckon a surefire worthwhile one..
Anyway I’ll be back on the blog after the new Lamborghini preview, and from what I’ve seen regarding this new iconic Lambo I doubt we’ll be disappointed!
A couple of years ago here at 6th Gear, Ferrari’s were undoubtably the most requested of the Supercar fleet closely followed by Lamborghini, the Ariel Atom’s then the Aston Martins.
Its interesting how people’s taste’s change as currently the Lamborghini’s are out in front followed by Aston Martin’s in second with Ariel Atom’s and the Ferrari’s being a joint third. The 911 Turbo Porsche’s are proving more popular than we thought too.. funny thing is our Supercar Instructors adore being allocated a Porsche Turbo to instruct in, citing 4 wheel drive, a very forgiving chassis and of course blindingly quick accelaration.
It will be interesting also to see how our new Ferrari 458 Italia will affect the Ferrari’s overall popularity..personally I think the addition of this fantastic £200,000 Supercar to our fleet will see the Ferrari’s back on top of 6th Gear’s most requested list for 2011..
On the subject of the new V12 Lamborghini that will also be joining our fleet in 2011 we’re hearing little snippets of tantalising info on it…700bhp plus, 4 wheel drive, size wise a little shorter than the current Murcielago but even wider than the current Murcielago’s 6ft 5”! This will be the undoubted flagship of 6th Gear’s fleet when it lands in July 2011 – Lamborghini have yet to announce the name, but the fact they will be unveiling their new Lambo at Geneva in March next year has to be the motor industry’s worst kept secret..
The Radical is off the track for the timebeing but should be returning in the not too distant future. Repeated gearbox problems seem to be the issue at the moment, the fact is, it is a Racecar and as such can’t really be expected to attain the same reliability levels as our Supercars but it is disappointing not to have had it with us for the last few events.
With the end of the 2010 season in sight it’s soon going to be time to schedule the Supercar fleet into the paintshops and workshops for their annual overhauls. Most are going to need their front ends repainting and a couple including the Orange Murcielago – a full engine rebuild which isnt going to be cheap. But hey ho thats the business we’re in, and the quality coupled with the presentation of our Supercars is very important to us..
On a different note 6th Experience are pleased to announce we will shortly be moving into new premises around 3 miles away from our existing Head Office in Marston, West Midlands.
These smart new 2 storey offices also have attached enough covered garaging for all our 25 Supercars, 4 articulated racecar transporters and office space for 50 or so staff which should take care of our requirements for the next few years or so..Watch this space..
For those customers who have already had a Supercar Experience with us, look out for the Summer Newsletter just about to be emailed out. It’s got some great offers in and we’d love to have you back..