Win an AT&T Williams F1 car drive

Philips Shavers launches Get Closer Challenge

Ever dreamt of being a Formula One driver? Or imagined yourself in pole position on the grid at Silverstone? Well, with the help of Philips your dream could become a reality.

Philips Shavers launched its Get Closer Challenge yesterday, where one lucky winner will get to drive an AT&T Williams Formula One car!

Through its sponsorship of the AT&T Williams team, Philips Shavers is offering this opportunity of a lifetime giving someone the chance to ‘Get Closer’ to the world of Formula One.

The winner of the UK competition will compete against winners from around the world at a leading motor racing school.

Under expert tuition from the school’s instructors and the AT&T Williams team, finalists will be scored on their performance as they get to drive a selection of high-performance and single-seater racing cars.

The AT&T Williams team of Sir Frank Williams, Team Principal, and Sam Michael, Technical Director will then choose the overall winner and award the final prize – an almost unheard of drive in an AT&T Williams FW29 Formula One car for five laps on the Silverstone circuit, home of the British Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg, lead driver for the Oxfordshire based AT&T Williams team, commented: “The first time I drove an F1 car was a really unbelievable experience. It really is an assault on the senses and the difference with driving a road car is just incredible; nothing can really prepare you for it. It is a bit like the difference between flying away somewhere for your holiday or climbing aboard an air force fighter jet. This really is an amazing opportunity and I am sure it will be one the winner will never forget.”

The overall winner will be announced at the AT&T Williams headquarters in Grove, Oxfordshire where finalists will be given the rare opportunity to see the AT&T Williams team at work and visit the Williams F1 Grand Prix Collection of championship winning race cars from Williams 30-year history.

The winner will have a custom seat built to their body shape and receive a full briefing on how to drive the car, work the steering wheel controls and safety procedures.

They will also have a rigorous session in the team’s race simulator – a high-tech, state-of-the-art driver training tool. Their drive of a lifetime will begin in a Formula 3 car. Once they are comfortable with the track and speed of the car, they will then step into the AT&T Williams Formula One car and have one of the world’s fastest and most expensive machines at their finger tips!

Nico Engelsman, Category Leader Shaving and Grooming, Senior Vice President Consumer Lifestyle, Philips Shavers said: “Philips Shavers is throwing down the gauntlet to drivers everywhere who think they have what it takes to drive a Grand Prix car. If you have ever dreamt of being a racing driver, enter now!”

The Philips Shavers Get Closer Challenge is open to everyone in the UK over the age of 18 with a full driving licence. Entrants can enter the competition by visiting, registering their details via the competition section and playing Philips Bathroom Bedlam racing game. The person who has set the fastest time over three laps by the closing date of 30th September 2008 will win their ticket to compete at the global final in November. For full competition terms and conditions please visit:


Statistics Road Car Formula One Car 0-60mph 11.4 seconds 2.6 seconds Maximum Speed  121mph 220mph G-force braking 1G  6G G-force cornering  1G 5G Car weight 1730kg 605kg Refuelling (full tank) 3 minutes 10 minutes Tyre Performance 20,000 miles  20 laps Silverstone 

Cars used for comparison:2.0 D-4D Toyota Avensis SaloonAT&T Williams-Toyota 2.4L V8 FW30