Designed under the guidance of their then Design Director, Chris Bangle, the BMW 1 Series was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2002, with its global launch following in the autumn of 2004.
It was the successor of their 3 Series Compact, making it the smallest and most inexpensive vehicle in their fleet, and differed from other hatchbacks on the market, as it operates on a rear wheel drive, with 50/50 weighting ratio.
Running on a 1.6 litre engine, with 130 bhp, this model isn’t as concerned with speed trials or hot laps as some of the other cars we offer on TrackDays. Which is why the BMW 1 Series is the perfect model for our First Drive packages we have available for our Junior drivers aged 12 - 16.
On First Drive, they’ll take to the wheel of a dual-controlled BMW 1 Series, with guidance from an expert instructor to give them their first taste of driving a car in conditions that are as close to real life road conditions as they can expect, helping to give them a head start for when they start driving lessons when they turn 17, making it an ideal present to celebrate their birthday or passing their exams.
A BMW driving day is closer than you think, no matter where you are in the nation. Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire and Carver Barracks in Essex in the south are among the sites we have accessible. Meanwhile, petrolheads may arrange a test drive at Three Sisters Circuit in Wigan or Elvington in Yorkshire to experience the newest high-performance vehicles from the German powerhouse.
It's also quite easy to find: our Location and Regions tools are located at the top of this page, on the left of your screen. Simply enter your postcode in the first field to view all available matching experiences within a certain radius, or use the second field to select activities based on where you are in the UK.
How to Make a BMW Driving Experience ReservationAll of our incredible packages are mentioned above, and they make fantastic presents for any BMW enthusiast, no matter what the occasion is: Christmas, birthdays, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or Father's Day. The list could go on and on. You may either purchase an open gift certificate or reserve a specific date.
If you are purchasing an open gift certificate for a BMW driving day package, please read the terms and conditions carefully, as certain BMW vouchers and special offers may have a shorter or longer validity time, which will be clearly indicated on the voucher.
If you book a BMW Experience straight onto a date, please keep in mind that you are making a booking request, and the day and time you choose are still subject to availability.
We typically confirm reservations within 48 hours, but it's critical that you wait until you get a final confirmation email before making any arrangements related to your booking request. When you make a booking request, you will get an instant receipt. This is not the confirmation.
Another essential factor to consider when buying BMW Experiences is that the driver fulfils all age, weight, height, and driving licence criteria. Each event will have its own set of criteria, so be sure you've gone over all of the essential details.
If an experience is exclusively for younger drivers, we will generally indicate it in the package name, although this is not always the case. If you book a BMW Experience and the driver does not fulfil the criteria on the day of the experience, they will most likely not be able to drive and will have to be offered a passenger trip instead.