Christmas gift guide for petrolheads car enthusiasts ideas for xmas presents 2019

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts

The perfect present ideas for the petrolheads in your life


IF YOU’RE struggling to pick Christmas presents for your car-crazy friends and relatives this year, fear not: Driving.co.uk has you covered with our comprehensive gift guide for 2019.

Our hand-picked selection of under-the-tree presents and stocking filler ideas includes something for everyone; from the latest toys, books and racing video games, to handy car accessories and high-octane driving experiences.

To make browsing even easier, we’ve broken down our list into categories. If you’re after a particular type of Christmas gift, click on the links and you’ll be taken straight to the relevant section.

Books and films
Gadgets and accessories
Toys and games
Video games
Driving experiences

 


Books and films

 

100 Years of Bentley

Andrew Noakes 100 Years of Bentley book

Cramming a century’s worth of history into one book, 100 Years of Bentley does an impressive job of condensing the luxury brand’s heritage while keeping it an enjoyable read. Every major moment and footnote in Bentley’s history is noted, from founder WO Bentley’s early days as a railway apprentice to the car maker’s latest models, and ensures readers can be kept up to speed an all the ups and downs in the British company’s extensive past.

Price £37.05 (Kindle Edition) £60 (hardback)
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Ciao, Stirling

Valerie Piper Ciao Stirling The Inside Story of a Motor Racing Legend book

Valerie Pirie may not be the most widely-known name in motor sport circles today but, as Sir Stirling Moss’ former secretary, she’s better placed than many to provide a detailed insight into one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. From the trackside anecdotes to her recollections of waiting by Moss’ bedside after his career-ending crash at Goodwood in 1962, Pirie’s account shines a whole new light on the legend that is Sir Stirling, and promises to be perfect for anyone after engrossing cover-to-cover read on Christmas Day. The Ciao, Stirling title is more than a little poignant, given Moss is now 90 years old, retired from public life and thought to be in poor health.

Price £11.04 (Kindle Edition) £20 (hardback)
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Grease Junkie

Edd China Grease Junkie A Book of Moving Parts book

The eccentric Edd China had been tinkering with cars long before he debuted on Wheeler Dealers — and he’s now finally compiled his engineering exploit highlights into his first ever book. From behind-the-scenes details from the TV show that found him international fame (and his controversial exit from the show), to recounts of crazy projects like his “Comfy Lofa” road-legal sofa, Grease Junkie is an entertaining insight into the mind of the maverick mechanic.

Price £8.99 (paperback) £9.99 (Kindle Edition) £20 (hardback)
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Haynes Audi Quattro Rally Car Enthusiasts’ Manual

Haynes Audi Quattro Rally Car Enthusiasts' Manual book

We’re willing to bet that you don’t own an Audi Quattro rally car, but that doesn’t mean this Haynes manual isn’t for you. One of the latest in a series aimed at car enthusiasts in general, rather than owners, this book delves deep into the history behind the pioneering Group B machine.

If rallying isn’t your cup of tea, Haynes’ other lifestyle offerings for 2019 include a workshop manual for the Lola T70 prototype racing car and a Formula One Bluffer’s Guide. Which segues neatly with the gift below…

Price £25 (hardback)
Buy it from Amazon.co.uk

 

How to be Formula One Champion

Richard Porter How To Be Formula One Champion book

Richard Porter hasn’t just been editing Grand Tour scripts and reviewing cars for Sunday Times Driving this year — he’s also been hard at work on a guide you definitely shouldn’t take seriously if you genuinely want to become an grand prix driver. If you’re struggling to think of a stocking filler for a car-crazy relative this year, you can do much worse than picking up this hilarious satire of entering Formula One racing. We can guarantee Lewis Hamilton didn’t go to Porter for help in launching his own career.

Price £4.99 (Kindle Edition) £9.99 (hardback)
Buy it from Amazon.co.uk

 

One Formula — 50 Years of Car Design

Gorodn Murray Philip Porter One Formula 50 Years of Car Design book

Spanning two volumes and 948 pages, Gordon Murray’s first book is a truly monumental undertaking. Its considerable size is more than justified, however: over his career as a car designer, Murray has helped create some truly mighty motors, ranging from championship-winning grand prix racers to the legendary McLaren F1 supercar. It may be a present only for people who’ve been exceptionally good this year, however, as even the standard edition will set you back a whopping £225.

Price from £225
Buy it from Porter Press

 

The Italian Job 50th Anniversary Edition

The Italian Job 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition DVD Blu-ray

Hold on a minute, lads, I’ve got a great idea for Christmas. Even if your loved one has watched this classic British crime caper multiple times, the 50th anniversary collectors’ edition of The Italian Job (the original film, not the horrific remake) would be a fantastic present for them. As well as the obligatory film and bonus features discs (on ultra-HD Blu-ray, rather than DVD), the gift set also includes a commemorative booklet penned by Italian Job expert Matthew Field and a copy of the film’s script.

Price £38.98 (Blu-ray)
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

The Sound of Supercars

The Sound of Supercars sound board book

Any car-obsessed child will go wild with this brilliant idea: a book with not only bite-sized fast car facts but also the sounds made by their engines (of electric motors, in the case of the Tesla Model S). A variety of cars is included, from the V-twin Morgan Three-wheeler to the 8-litre, quad-turbocharged W-16 Bugatti Chiron, ensuring a lovely variety of sounds. Treid and tested on a three-year-old, this is a proven hit with budding car nuts.

Price £12.99
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

The Stig and the Silver Ghost

The Stig and the Silver Ghost A Top Gear Book

If your kids loved the The Stig Plays A Dangerous Game short story that made it onto our Christmas gift guide last year, you’ll be pleased to know Top Gear’s tame racing driver is starring in another action-packed fictional adventure. While the tale is very much aimed at school children, we imagine parents will get a chuckle from the car-related puns the authors have sprinkled throughout the pages.

Price £2.48 (Kindle Edition) £5.99 (paperback)
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Gadgets and accessories

 

Amazon Basics hammock seat cover for pets

Christmas gift guide 2019 Amazon Basics hammock car seat for pets

If you’re after something more substantial than a regular rear seat cover, the Amazon Basics pet hammock could be just what you’re after. As well as ensuring your pet is kept comfy on car journeys, it also covers and protects more of the car’s interior than a regular seat cover. Plus, it also has pre-made holes for the seat belt buckles — meaning you your pet can still wear a safety harness when the cover is in place.

Price £16.09
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet

Christmas gift ideas for car fan: Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet

The Amazon Fire Kids tablet could be a handy tool for parents with young children to have on car journeys. A kid-proof case (available in four colour choices) means the tablet should survive everything your children can throw at it, and the device allows access to thousands of apps, games, videos, books audiobooks and educational content via a subscription service, with the first year thrown in with the purchase (subscriptions after that start at £1.99 per month). With 32GB of storage and a 10-hour battery life, it should keep kids occupied — and hopefully out of mischief — on long car trips.

Price from £99.99
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Amazon Fire TV Cube

Amazon Fire TV Cube

Car fans will love the new Fire TV Cube — an evolution of the old Fire TV stick — as it turns an older TV into a smart one, allowing them stream The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime’s video service, as well as YouTube, Netflix and BBC iPlayer (in case Top Gear is still their thing).

There is, however, more to like about it than motoring programmes: you can control your satellite box and soundbar with it, and because the built-in Alexa assistant is voice-controlled, no remote is needed to switch channels. The built-in speaker and microphone also let you turn down the lights (if you have smart bulbs) and check the weather before going for a drive.

Price £109.99
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Handpresso Handcoffee Auto in-car coffee machine

Christmas gift ideas for car fans: Handpresso Handcoffee Auto in-car coffee machine

Coffee-drinking drivers who don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a hot cuppa at motorway services may find a lot to like about this in-car dispenser. You only need to power the Handcoffee Auto by plugging it into your car’s cigarette lighter, and the manufacturer has designed the machine to sit snugly in a cup holder while it’s brewing.

Price £98.99
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

ION Audio Mustang Stereo

Christmas gift ideas for car fans: ION Audio Ford Mustang stereo

Countless songs have referenced the Ford Mustang over the years, so it’s fitting the famous muscle car has now been immortalised in boombox form. While it’s styled to resemble the radio you’d find on a 1965 Ford Mustang, the stereo is an up-to-date piece of kit: Bluetooth connectivity means you can play music from your phone through the stereo’s speakers, and maker ION Audio claims the stereo’s 25 watt speakers are pretty punchy for a music player of this size.

Price £99.99
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Jabra Drive Bluetooth car speakerphone

Christmas gift ideas for car fan: Jabra Drive Hands-Free Wireless Bluetooth Speakerphone Car Kit for Smartphone Devices - Black

Many drivers in the UK have cars that don’t have built-in phone connectivity, so the Jabra Drive is a great third-party accessory for those motorists. Noise-cancelling tech and its ability to be clipped to a sun visor help improve sound quality when making and answering calls, and voice commands are help streamline the initial setup process. You can even use the Jabra Drive for other tasks, such as streaming GPS navigation instructions from your phone.

 

Joie Every Stage child seat

Christmas gift ideas for car fan: Joie every stage car seat

Parents after a versatile child seat they can use for years to come may want to consider picking up a Joie Every Stage. Joie says the seat can be adjusted to fit newborns, 12 year olds and everyone in between, and claims the Every Stage’s extensive padding, the reinforced steel shell and the built-in side ventilation means it’ll keep your child comfy and safe on car journeys.

Price £130
Buy it at John Lewis

 

gb Pockit + All City Adapters stroller

gb Pockit + All City Adapters (Stroller)

All parents know just how much space is required for any trip in the car, no matter how far. Taking up much of the boot will be the pushchair,which is why the gb Pockit range is so great – it folds down to just 27cm x 43cm x 58cm, and can be done with a single hand. It’s also light weight and the seat can be tilted to a horizontal position for when your child is sleeping. With the adaptor for gb or CYBEX infant car seats and “Cot to Go” pushchair attachment (sold separately), it can be a 3-in-1 travel system.

Age Birth to 17kg (approx. four years)
Price £229.95
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk (currently £207.00)

 

 

Kärcher K2 Full Control pressure washer

Christmas gift ideas for car fan: Kärcher K2 Full Control pressure washer

If you have friends or family members with phenomenally filthy cars, the Kärcher K2 pressure washer could be an ideal Christmas gift for them this year. Kärcher claims it has the power to blast stubborn muck from your motors, and the washer’s light weight and array of attachments means even hard-to-reach areas should be a doddle to make squeaky clean again.

Price £120
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Munchkin Miracle 360 Degrees Cup

Christmas gift ideas for car fan: Munchkin Miracle 360 child beaker cup

Keeping the kids hydrated en route to the in-laws is important… as is making sure you avoid spillages in the back of the car. So, with a lid that allows you child to drink from any part of the rim and automatically reseals itself after drinking, the Munchkin Miracle cup could be the answer. The lack of a spout means it’s easy to clean, and it comes in an array of colours and styles.

Price from £5.75
But it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Nextbase 522GW dash cam

Christmas gift ideas for car fans: Nextbase 522GW dash cam

There’s a reason why Nextbase’s latest generation of dash cams won our Motoring Innovation award for 2019: they’re stellar pieces of kit. By far our favourite Nextbase Series 2 cam is the flagship 522GW, which can transfer video files for safe keeping to your smartphone, automatically start recording if it detects someone driving into your car while parked, and even let the emergency services know your location in the event of a crash. With Alexa integration, you can also control it with your voice.

Price £139.95
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Toys and games

 

L.O.L Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper

L.O.L Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper

Your little girl or boy (let us not be accused of reinforcing gender stereotypes) can hit the road with this camper from the hit L.O.L. Suprise! series. Fully extended it’s 61cm x 91cm, so pretty substantial, and includes more than 10 hangout areas including a light up pool, fashion runway, BBQ patio and D.J. booth. There are in excess of 55 “surprises” to be uncovered, according to the manufacturer.

Age 6+
Price £89.97
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Citroën Origins Monopoly

Citroen Origins Monopoly board game

If you’re a die-hard Citroëniste who enjoys playing board games, you’ll likely get lots of mileage out of the car maker’s take on Monopoly. Unsurprisingly, instead of building up a real estate portfolio, this Citroën Origins edition is all about amassing a collection of some of the French firm’s greatest cars to date.

You won’t need to pour through the manual before playing, either, as all of the rules are lifted wholesale from the regular game — meaning, yes, you’re somehow able to build hotel chains on top of your motors.

Age 8+
Price €50/approx. £43
Buy it at Citroën Lifestyle e-boutique

 

Lego Technic Land Rover Defender

Lego technic Land Rover Defender set

If you’re patiently awaiting your all-new Land Rover Defender to be delivered, this latest Lego Technic set could be ideal if you want to make the wait more manageable. As well as being an accurate-enough representation of the eagerly-anticipated off-roader, the toy Defender should also keep you occupied for quite some time: you’ll need to put nearly 2,600 pieces together before the Lego Landie is fully assembled.

Age 11+
Price £159.99
Buy it from Amazon.co.uk

 

My First Scalextric Looney Tunes racing set

My First Scalextric Looney Tunes racing set

Looney Tunes and slot car racing sound like an unusual combination, but it works surprisingly well in this entry-level Scalextric set inspired by the popular cartoons.  The novelty of racing with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck should keep kids hooked as they learn the Scalextric ropes — and, if they want to expand the experience further, there’s always the Wile E Coyote and Road Runner cars (sold separately) to consider for Christmas 2020.

Age 3+
Price £44.99
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Playforever Luft

Playforever Luft Biba Porsche 911 toy car

Playforever has made many retro racing car toys over the years, and it’s now dabbling with minimalist road car models. Very clearly a homage to the classic Porsche 911, the little Luft is something we can see appealing to car fans of all ages — though we expect die-hard Porsche enthusiasts will get a kick out of the wheels,  which are inspired by the iconic “Fuchs” alloys of the real life cars.

Age 12 months+
Price £35
Buy it at playforever.co.uk

 

Playmobil Porsche Mission E

Playmobil The Movie Rex Dasher Porsche Mission E toy set

Kids with a passion for Porsche don’t just have Playforever’s toy to tinker with this year, as Playmobil also has its own toy based on a sports car from Stuttgart. Based on the Porsche Mission E concept, as featured in this year’s Playmobil: The Movie, it can be remotely controlled via a dedicated handset or smartphone app.

Plus, as you need to remove the roof to fit the seats and the Rex Dasher figurine in the car, the Playmobil toy also gives us a glimpse at what a Porsche Taycan Cabriolet could look like — if, that is, the car maker has any plans to make such a machine.

Age 6+
Price £69.99
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Revell Trabant 601 “Fall of the Berlin Wall” anniversary set

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts Revell Trabant 601 Fall of the Berlin Wall 30th Anniversary model set

Thirty years after a convoy of Trabants made their iconic border crossing when the Berlin Wall fell, the famous “Trabi Trail” has been celebrated in 1:24 scale with this new model kit from Revell. Depending on how handy you are with a paint brush and the polystyrene cement, the tiny Trabant 601 S may end up having better overall fit and finish than the real thing once it’s put together.

Age 12+
Price €49.99/approx £43
Buy it at revell.de

 

Top Trumps Retro — Exotic Sports Cars 1992

Top Trumps Retro Exotic Sports Cars 1992

Indulge in a bit of automotive nostalgia this Christmas with one of Top Trumps’ latest blasts from the past: a remake of the Exotic Sports Cars set it first released in 1992. While the plastic case is a bit different this time around, Top Trumps claims the batch of 30 cards are near-exact copies of the ones that came with the original set; sporting the same artwork and stats from when the pack made its debut on store shelves nearly 30 years ago. We’re sorry if that’s made you feel really old.

Age 3+
Price £4.85
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Video games

 

Xbox One X console with Forza Horizon 4 & Forza Motorsport 7

Christmas gifts: Microsoft Xbox One X Console, 1TB, with Wireless Controller and Forza Horizon 4 + Forza Motorsport 7 Bundle

As well as being the console home of racing games such as the new Forza Horizon 4, the Xbox One X is also compatible with many Xbox 360 and original Xbox games, including older racing titles such as Grid Autosport and Driver: San Francisco. As the most powerful console on sale, it also offers incredible 4K HDR graphics, when used with a compatible TV.

Age 3+
Price £359.95
Buy it at JohnLewis.com

 

PlayStation 4 Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled 500Gb bundle

CTR Nitro-Fueled PS4

Twenty years after it landed on the original PlayStation, Crash Team Racing is back on store shelves, thanks to a high definition remake of the kart racing classic. While its graphics have been thoroughly modernised, and some new tracks and karts have been added, the Nitro-Fueled remaster is a faithful remake of the original game, meaning veterans of the original Crash Bandicoot-themed kart racer should have no problems getting to grips with the re-release.

If you don’t have the console on which to play it, Sony has bundled the game with a 500GB version of the PS4.

Age 3+
Price from £297.97
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk
Buy the game for other formats at Amazon.co.uk

 

DiRT Rally 2.0

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts DiRT Rally 2.0

You need to give DiRT Rally 2.0 a go if you think racing games aren’t challenging enough for you, as the rally title is the most unforgiving racing games we’ve played in a long time. Make it over the steep initial learning curve, however, and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most enthralling, engrossing and rewarding experiences of the year.

Age 3+
Platforms PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Price from £15.95
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

F1 2019

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts F1 2019 Mercedes W10 Lewis Hamilton

The last few licensed Formula 1 games have been great, and F1 2019 continues that trend of being a must-own game for fans of the sport. While there aren’t many new bells and whistles this year, F1 2019 does improve upon the already stellar career mode format from previous games, and you now get to try your hand in Formula 2 cars before being promoted to the top-tier machinery.

Age 3+
Platforms PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Price from £44.99
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Gran Turismo Sport Spec II

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts Gran Turismo Sport Toyota TS050

It’s been out for a long time but now’s a good time to jump into Gran Turismo Sport, as the PlayStation 4-exclusive racer has been given a “Spec II” re-release. Essentially, it’s the same game we gave a five-star review in 2017, but with even more cars and tracks (which have been added over time via download). Still, as the Spec II disc doesn’t include any content or features added to the game after May 2019, there’ll still be rather large update to download and install if you want to play the most up-to-date version of Gran Turismo Sport on Christmas morning.

Age 3+
Platforms PlayStation 4
Price £24.99
Buy it at PlayStation Store (download version only)

 

GRID

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts GRID screenshot Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Porsche 911 RSR

After a six-year spell away, the Grid arcade racing game series is back with a brand-new entry. While it’s billed more as a franchise reboot than a successor to 2013’s GRID Autosport, the all-new GRID game promises to pick up immediately where its action-packed predecessors left off. While it’s by no means a simulator, GRID should provide a fairly authentic racing experience, as two-time F1 champ Fernando Alonso was brought on as a “race consultant” during the game’s development.

Age 3+
Platforms PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Price from £34.99
But it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Need for Speed Heat

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts Need for Speed Heat screenshot Polestar 1

If street racing is more your thing, there’s a good chance Need for Speed Heat will be near the top of your Christmas wish list this year. With claims of extensive car customisation, high stakes night racing and intense police chases, the latest entry in the long-running Need for Speed franchise looks like it will be a proper palette cleanser if you’ve had your fill of more simulation-centric racing games.

Age 16+
Platforms PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Price from £49.99
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

WRC 8

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts WRC 8 The Game screenshot Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

The developers of the World Rally Championship games made great use of their year off in 2018, it seems, as WRC 8 is a terrific representation of the real-world sport. Like F1 2019, WRC 8 lets players fight for virtual glory in a detailed career mode and, while it’s easier to get to grips with than DiRT Rally 2.0, the twisty stage routes and new-to-the-series dynamic weather means you’ll need to properly concentrate if you’re to make it to the service park in one piece.

Age 3+
Platforms Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Price from £39.99
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

WreckFest

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts WreckFest screenshot destruction derby

If you loved the Destruction Derby games from the 1990s, you’ll likely adore WreckFest. Befitting its name, the combat racer revels in car-based carnage, and lets players wreak havoc in a wide array of scrapheap-sourced rust buckets. It also helps that, thanks to the physics engine it’s packing under the bonnet, WreckFest has some of the finest damage modelling we’ve ever seen in a racing game.

Age 12+
Platforms PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Price from £29.80
Buy it at Amazon.co.uk

 

Driving experiences

 

PalmerSport

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts

Ex-F1 driver Jonathan Palmer designed Bedford Autodrome with high speed cars in mind, so it’s no surprise his world-famous PalmerSport driving experiences put you behind the wheel of incredibly exciting machines. Across the eight activities in the full day session, you’ll try out an Ariel Atom, a Renault Clio Cup racer, a stripped-out BMW M2 Competition, a Palmer-Jaguar sports prototype and a Formula 3000 single-seater, with prizes being awarded to whoever sets the fastest lap. The thrills aren’t just out on track: there’s also an off-road course to tackle in a Land Rover Defender.

Location Bedford Autodrome, Bedfordshire (map)
Price £594 for half day; £954 for full day off-peak; £1,050 for full day
Book it at palmersport.com

 

Goodwood Motor Circuit Driving Experiences

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts Goodwood Driving Experiences Goodwood Revival Racing Experience

Do you know someone who’s attended the Goodwood Revival and wondered what it’s really like to drive around the circuit? Well, they can experience the sensationally fast, flowing track for themselves, in a range of sessions at the historic racing venue. Experiences range from young driver tuition and drive-what-you-brought track days, to hot lap sessions in BMW sports cars and a 1950s and 1960s-themed experience that lets you drive four classic cars from Goodwood’s own “Revival Racing Fleet”.

Location Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester (map)
Price Young Driver Experiences from £119; Track Days from £160; Off-Road Driving Experience from £220; Performance Track from £359; Revival Racing Experience from £595
Book it at goodwood.com

 

Land Rover Experience Drives

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts Land Rover Experience Drives Land Rover Discovery

Those who want a full-on 4×4 experience will probably want to consider one of Land Rover’s Experience Drives. Ranging from a one hour taster to a full day programme and an intense “advanced experience” course, the sessions involve being guided by an instructor up and down steep hills, through waterways and across muddy ground. Unlike the other driving sessions here, you aren’t limited to one specific location either, as Land Rover Experience Drives are held at nine facilities ranging from east Devon to the Scottish Highlands.

Location One of nine centres nationwide (find your nearest one here)
Price £99 for one hour taster; £225 for half day; £325 for full day; £395 for “advanced experience”
Book it at landrover.co.uk

 

Lotus Exige Experience

Christmas gift guide 2019 Lotus Exige Experience Lotus Driving Academy

If you want to get a taste of what a lightweight Lotus sports car is like to drive, there are few better options than Lotus’ own driving experiences. The Exige Experience in particular catches our eye: as well as letting you get behind the wheel of a 410bhp Lotus Exige, you’ll also get to pilot the two-seater around the Lotus test track — meaning you’ll get to drive on the same circuit where legends like Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Ayrton Senna used to fine-tune their F1 cars.

Location Lotus Cars, Norfolk (map)
Price from £349
Book it at lotusdrivingacademy.com

 

Mercedes-Benz World

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts Mercedes-Benz World AMG Driving Experience Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Nestled within the remains of the historic Brooklands banked circuit, Mercedes-Benz World offers driving experiences from 30 minutes to three hours in length. Petrolheads can book high speed passenger rides, put their car control skills to the test in sporty AMG models on the handling track and skid pan, or off-road on a challenging 4×4 course. Under 17s can even have a go in the HeadStart Experience.

Location Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge (map)
Price under 17s from £50; Mercedes-Benz experience from £95; 4×4 experience from £130; winter driving experience from £150; Mercedes-AMG experience from £195
Book it at mercedes-benzworld.co.uk

 

Porsche Experience Centre

Christmas gift guide: Porsche Experience Centre driving experiences

We crowned the Porsche 911 our car of the year for 2019, and you find out exactly what we’re talking about at the Porsche Experience Centre. Regardless of the session you go for, you’ll get at least 90 minutes driving time around Porsche’s test tracks at Silverstone, and the cars you can try out include the 718 Cayman and Boxster sports cars, Panamera sports GT, Macan or Cayenne SUVs or the legendary 911. Go for the two-day “Road to Race” course, and you’ll even get to drive a Cayman GT4 Clubsport racing car around the Silverstone grand prix track.

Location Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone Circuit, Northants (map)
Price 90 mins driving experiences from £295; 150 mins driving experiences from £995; two-day Road to Race course £4,995
Book it at porsche.com/silverstone/

 

TrackDays driving experiences

The best Christmas 2019 gifts for car enthusiasts Goodwood Driving Experiences Goodwood Revival Racing Experience TrackDays driving experiences

If there’s a vehicle you’ve always wanted to drive, there’s a good chance TrackDays offers a driving experience for it. From karts to supercars, articulated lorries and Cold War era tanks, there should be something here to satisfy every flavour of petrolhead. Even teenagers can get in on the action, too, as TrackDays also does an array of young driver training experiences.

Location One of 38 locations (find your nearest one here)
Price Junior driving experiences from £20; supercar experiences from £29; young driver training experiences from £37
Book it at trackdays.co.uk