Optimus | Cars

Optimus

From £199
3 miles (default)

A truck experience refers to 20 minutes driving time.

Extra 20 minutes
(+£99.00)

Sighting Laps
(+£10.00)

The Car

Peterbilt was founded in 1939, producting American trucks. This, the 379, was Peterbilt's flagship truck from 1987 until the 2007 model year, maintaining the nameplate's signature long-nose styling.

When it came to creating the first live-action "Transformers" movie, the most important characterization was certainly that of 'Optimus Prime'. An entire team of artists and illustrators worked tirelessly, drawing potential trucks and cars, trying to zero in on just the right look for each robot/vehicle. When the film's production designer showed Michael Bay a photo of the enormous tractor trailer, the director was immediately taken by the lines and size of the truck, even through he know he would face intense criticism for his choice, in the same way he did for selecting a GM Camaro in place of the original VW Beetle that was known as the beloved robot Bumblebee. Both of Bay's picks ended up enthralling new audiences as well as diehard fans of the sci-fi series. The more aggressive truck, was also used as Bay's tip-of-the-hat to Steven Spielberg's 1971 film, "Duel." 

Our Optimus Prime truck driving sessions give you the chance to take a 600bhp, 18-gear Peterbilt 379 for a spin around your choice of circuit from several around the UK. With a typical Transformers-style war cry of ‘Charge!’ it’s time for you to lead the next Autobot offensive at the wheel of this American beauty. 

Vehicle Stats

Vehicle - Peterbilt 379

Power Unit - 14.6L

Horsepower - 550 bhp

Torque - 1850 Ib. -ft

 

Made Famous By - Was one of the star's of the 'Transformers' movie franchise.

Reviews
5

An absolutely fantastic morning from start to finish. Dobby was brilliant as instructor in Optimus. Good banter with just the right amount of input on driving. Whole event well organised with all staff pleasant and very helpful and friendly. Highly recommend if you want a fun experience.

Colin Taylor
5

An absolutely fantastic morning from start to finish. Dobby was brilliant as instructor in Optimus. Good banter with just the right amount of input on driving. Whole event well organised with all staff pleasant and very helpful and friendly. Highly recommend if you want a fun experience.

Colin Taylor
5

Great experience driving a real classic Yankee truck . "Dobby" the instructor was knowledgeable and a great personality- I will return - many thanks

Paul Roberts
5

Great day really enjoyed the experience dobby was a good instructor and a good laugh had fun thanks car Chase heroes

Wayne h
5

Had a fantastic day driving optimus prime at Dunsfold , Dobby was great fun and a fantastic instructor . I have never driven an hgv before and he completely put me at ease with his calm manor and made it a fantastic day out , girls its a must if you ever wanted to be a trucker like me

kate Stansfield
5

Bit apprehensive at first, as seemed to be loads of people just waiting around, however staff were all great. Dobby, the instructor was brilliant, and the drivers who took my 8 and 10yr old boys out for an Atom hot lap are now heroes in their eyes! Loads of smiles! Thank you!

Andy G
5

Great experience, with a fellow Welshman as instructor

Peter Davies
5

My sons bought this experience for a birthday present for me as I have wanted to drive one of these huge American trucks for years. I was very nervous as I normally drive an i30 automatic but so excited too. I was worried I wouldn't ba able to manage the gears and get the beast moving but I needn't have. The instructor was so calm, clear and friendly, he put me at ease straight away (even when I occasionally crunched the gears!) and I had the best time ever. My son was also able to sit in the back of the truck so got to share the fun. I did buy the additional 20 minutes and so glad I did as the time just flew by. I loved every minute of it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the driving experience to anyone. I have asked my boys for this again next birthday!

Barbara
3

I purchased the optimus prime driving experience for my husband. It was a lovely sunny day. It was quick and easy to sign into the event with the friendly staff.He really enjoyed his experience. the downside was that because we had our daughter with us who is a 1year old in a pushchair, we could not watch him do his driving experience obviously missing out on taking any photos. we were advised there was a spectator area (which there was, for the car driving) the hgv & American truck were a lot further away (out of sight in fact), no-one told us small children couldn't be transported to the truck driving area. so I would recommend leaving little ones at home.

Sam
5

I booked a drive of the American truck. Great experience !! Really Recommend this experience

Bob