The Forest Experience Motorsport Venue is like no other Rally School in the UK. Not only because you are taught how to drive a Rally car by current, leading rally competitors (and in the most iconic rally cars) but because of our awesome stage. Our stage is a purpose built track thoroughly maintained by it's owners for the benefit of many. Although most will come to our Rally School to enjoy learning how to drive a rally car, our Rally Stage is used by some of the UKs top competitors to set up their competition cars. To "set up" or prepare a Rally car you must have a combination of straights, fast flowing corners, tight corners, open spaces to test brakes and differential set ups - and that's what our rally stage has. It is truly representative to a UK Rally event stage that Motorsport UK licence holders compete on today. As a Rally School, we are providing you with the very best surface to learn how to drive a rally car, learn rally driving techniques and enjoy a once in a lifetime Rally experience. You can proudly leave our venue and say that you have driven on the same stage as British and World Champion Drivers.
The Forest Experience Venue has not only been used to teach new Rally students car control but the RAF, Top Gear, BBC, Codemasters and film production companies have used the space, terrain and facilities. From Top Gear to BBC 3's Hayley Goes we are able to offer a variety of private hire packages. Film companies enjoy hiring our stage as we are truly flexible for your needs. You can take your shot and then repeat again - as often as needed - as you can hire our stage exclusively without the concern of road traffic.
We have a unique and versatile space which can we used in many different ways. Safety training, off-road testing, Forest Exploration, Army training, Safety Driving Courses and more. You’ll have little concern with making “too much noise” and our flexible and friendly team are willing to work around you.
Having private land makes it a perfect venue for manufactures to test and develop new cars - some major manufactures have used our stage for this reason. The length of the track is a great proving ground to test and develop car components and the privacy gives companies the peace of mind.
A perfect car test facility or film venue.
Call our Team directly to discuss your requirements on 01686 420201
It has a bit of everything. The terrain is very representative of what we compete in UK Rallies. It's not artificial - it's a real as it gets testing wise. The fact you are able to access three different types of road when you book for an Official Rally Test Day - it means you can mix it up.
As current UK competitors, our team understands the requirements of a test venue and we want to ensure the very best quality of stage.
Check our current JWRC leaders Jon Armstrong and Phil Hall's latest test for the Portugal WRC round at our Forest Experience Rally stage
Colin McCrae, Petter Solberg and Richard Burns are to name but a few of the professional legends who have driven the iconic forest stage. More recently, the likes of Marcus Gronholm has used the venue for developing the Proton R5 as well as BRC and JWRC compeitiors Osian Pryce, Tom Williams and Matt Edwards for driver development and car set up.
We have several stage formats.
With Major sporting events cancelled or suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Forest Experience in Mid Wales will continue to stay open as much as possible. This will allow members of the Motorsport community to hit the ground running once the Covid-19 outbreak subsides. Teams and privateers can develop their cars, driver skills and importantly keep sponsors happy in this secluded and remote part of Wales during their long awaited return to the sport.
The Forest Experience has a long association of being the proven test venue for previous World Champions, Manufacturer and World Rally Teams. Rally legends such as Colin McCrae and Richard Burns to modern day celebrities Sigala, John Newman and even "Rob Stark" (Richard Madden) have experienced the Ultimate Forest Stage.
The 900 acre venue boasts some of the best forest roads in Europe. Owner and current competitor, Ross Leach, has taken great care through 2020 completely re-grading the stage to ensure the quality of the road. The facility is equipped with covered areas for set up changes and a classroom and catering facility.
There are a number of testing options for competitors at an extremely competitive rate . Customers using the Forest Experience venue will have free use of the facilities and one to one tuition is available on request, please see our Meet the team or call Hannah to discuss options. Testing prices vary for R5 and WRC cars**
British Rally Driver and Proton Test Driver Ollie Mellors says "As a test facility it had been everything we have needed throughout the development of the Proton Iriz R5 with a variety of well-maintained roads to use, it has helped to keep a base when making changes to know if we were moving in the right direction. All the team up at the Forest Experience have always gone above and beyond to help and work with us to ensure we get everything we need from our time testing, a highly recommended facility for all ranges of competitors."