“AWESOME, WOW, MINDBLOWING!” – those were the adjectives used to describe the thrilling and unbelievable adrenaline rush experienced by the participants at the F1 2 seater drive today at the Sepang International Circuit in conjunction with the recently concluded Formula One PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix.
Driven by former Malaysian F1 pilot, Alex Yoong and ex Minardi driver, Patrick Friesacher, it was akin to being in an actual Formula One car, combined with an overall performance (acceleration, braking and cornering capabilities), similar to the one used by the Minardi F1 Team in 2001 which competed in the 2008 Formula One World Championship.
Awesome, was the description used by Ministry of Finance Officer, Norhinnah Abdul Latif, 27, when asked to describe her experience, being chauffeured around the track for 3 laps, with speed reaching in excess of 300 km/h.
“It was an awesome experience, I didn’t close my eyes and managed to catch the magnificent view of the Sepang track. It was quite scary at first as I had never done anything like this before,” said Norhinnah.
For Maybank Product Manager Petronas/Sony Card, Siti Zaidah Ismail, 34, a simple Wow, was all it took to explain her wonderful money can’t buy experience in a 2 seater.
“This is a truly a wonderful money can’t buy experience. At the first straight, I felt that my heart was going to pop out. But I felt ok during the corners. When it was speeding I felt that my head was going to be pulled away from my body,” said Siti.
Visa Country Manager, Stewart Thomas, 48 couldn’t settle on one word to describe his experience, ‘awesome, unbelievable’ were one the few that he blurted out after his drive, finally settling on ‘mindblowing’, topping every adrenaline rush he has done so far in his life.
“From the first take off, I was thinking, what is happening to me. The G-force in your head, It’s like getting beat by a hammer. That’s awesome, unbelievable acceleration.”
“I’ve done some incredible stuff like waterskiing, but this cannot be compared to anything else. I’ve been in a Lotus in this track, but this is a totally different experience,” said Thomas.
Organised in collaboration with Malaysia Airlines and Mas Kargo – the official logistics partner – the F1 2 seater is one of its kind in South East Asia and limited to only 30 passengers on a first come first serve basis.
words & pix: SIC