Second Year, Up A Gear

Summer 2015 sees our second anniversary in Milton Keynes, and it’s been a fantastic two years. I’m thrilled to say that Formula Fast is going from strength to strength, and even more thrilled to announce that we are still adding improvements to an already fantastic, award-winning experience.

I am incredibly lucky to have a job that excites me 24 hours a day (literally, as my best ideas often come to me at 3am) with an excellent team who love to see our guests enjoy an awesome experience here at Formula Fast Milton Keynes.

I’m also proud that we’ve reinvested every single penny back into the business to make it even better. Admittedly, this means that my poor car is going to have to last a little longer, but if that means you guys get more cool stuff, it is 100% worth it.

So, what are the latest innovations and enhancements at Formula Fast MK?

Here are my top 5 that you should be checking out this summer:

New Website

Chances are, you’re already on it – but our brand new website has been nearly a year in the making and is packed with exciting content, with more gadgets on the way. We’ve made it slicker, easier and racier than ever before based on your feedback. Take your time and explore it, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

We built the website entirely ourselves with a little help from our friends at Midway Sky. If you like what you see, and want a chat to discuss how we could help you build your very own customised website, do get in touch as it’s an area of the business that is growing rapidly.

 

Sodi 2 Drive

Our favourite kart manufacturers Sodi have produced another amazing machine, the Sodi 2 Drive, and we’re one of the first UK indoor kart circuits to acquire it. This 270cc beast features fully adjustable dual (or single) steering with racing harness, easy access and fantastic instructor control features including power cut-out & braking options from the passenger seat.

This has expanded our capability to make our facility even more accessible for those with limited mobility, learning difficulties, and other special requirements, as well as providing an unrivalled learning tool for 1:1 tuition. The only problem you’ll have is convincing me it’s a good idea to drive with Ollie…

Scuderia Toro Rosso Pitwall

Conor (our Fleet Manager) and I made a trip to STR’s headquarters in Faenza, Italy early this year to pick up this very special item. Toro Rosso’s pitwall has been all over the world with the likes of Buemi, Alguersuari, Ricciardo, Vergne and Kvyat all having perched on this unique piece of F1 equipment at some point.

Fully ‘Red Bulled’, with 16 screens showing a variety of data feeds, the pitwall is now right at home next to the race track, and is an extremely popular and useful feature of our Le Mans Endurance races. Be sure to check it out next time you’re here!

Upgraded Indoor Viewing Area

One of the best features of our original Banbury venue was the indoor viewing area that offered great views of the track whilst keeping spectators warm and comfortable. We can now proudly offer this same facility in addition to our existing, huge outdoor mezzanine viewing balcony – extra large windows, bar counter and seating have been fitted to our reception lounge area, overlooking the track.

We’ve also upgraded the café with a smart new look, complete with ‘proper’ coffee machine, pizza ovens for authentic Italian pizzas, and a large selection of snacks and drinks. Perfect for spectators, and I now have a great view of the track whilst I enjoy my 3rd pizza of the day…

New Giant Scoreboards

This one is great for both drivers and spectators. We now have a huge projected scoreboard above the track, in front of the mezzanine for spectators to see live timing – and we’re adding a new projector trackside to show the same race data to the drivers on circuit.

This means your position, laptimes, best lap and gap between you and the race leader will be visible for the duration of your event, giving you the perfect opportunity to employ race-winning strategies or tactical pitstops. Expect more of the same as we move into winter, as well as live CCTV on the screens for a new perspective on those tricky corners.

We’re celebrating our 2 year anniversary with a special Formula Fast Festival on the 2nd August. Britain’s Got Talent singer Bailey McConnell has challenged drivers to beat his time on the circuit, and we’ve got lots of free activities to supplement an entire day of karting at Formula Fast.

The best part, in my opinion, is the hog roast, which promises to be excellent. I am likely to gain a little ‘natural ballast’ for the remainder of the day’s sessions after this feast. Just to give everyone else a fair shot at Bailey’s time, of course…

It’s the perfect time to try out our new features for yourself – so book yourself a space and I look forward to seeing you here. I’ll be the person jealously guarding the entrance to the food tent.

Phil Stanley
Managing Director