Gallery: the best things you can hire
Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you a date with David Coulthard. Here’s our guide to the world’s most mental rentals
Yas Marina Grand Prix Circuit to yourself
Yas Marina is one of the more… spectacular venues to have hosted a Formula One Grand Prix. Designed by controversial circuit-styler Hermann Tilke, whose past credits include the Singapore and Bahrain F1 circuits, Yas Marina is situated on a man-made island half an hour from Abu Dhabi.
Finished in 2009 with construction costs totalling more than £800 million, the circuit is bordered by seven hotels, a Ferrari-themed amusement park and many moorings for your chartered flotilla. And predictably, there’s much for the, erm, wealthier motorsports enthusiast.
Besides the 3.4-mile GP circuit (itself configurable into north and south circuits), there’s a ‘Vehicle Dynamics’ area with ultra-low grip surfaces, a skid-pan and hydraulic kick-plate, plus one of the few NHRA-certified drag strips outside of North America. AED 101,000 (£21,500) buys you the track for a day. A night is about half as much. yasmarinacircuit.comAdvertisement - Page continues below
‘Lovers Deep’ Submarine
Lovers Deep might sound like something from an adult catalogue, but in fact it’s a private submarine stationed off Saint Lucia. Available for hire to honeymooners (or indeed romantic old-timers), it comes with a crew of three who, with any luck, will retreat to their quarters while their guests join the ‘mile-low club’. oliverstravels.com
Veyrons are notoriously expensive to own, let alone buy. A new set of tyres is around £23,500, and a routine service £14,000. Do away with these costs by simply renting one by the day. Many places on the internet offer such a service from around £12,500 a day, often with a hilariously inadequate mileage limit. supercarexperiences.comAdvertisement - Page continues below
Driving on actual roads is rarely very entertaining, which is why you should avoid it and employ someone to do it for you. Our exhaustive research says a chauffeur’s average salary is roughly £26k, which isn’t half bad for being paid to drive nice cars all day. Best thought of as a very expensive option for the car you’ll have them drive.
MiG-29 fighter jet
Becoming an air-force pilot is annoyingly time-consuming but, thanks to MiGFlug, entirely unnecessary. £14,430 buys you 50mins aboard a Russian MiG-29, a fighter capable of supersonic flight and altitudes of 72,000ft, the edge of space. Your money gets you a seat on the plane, a pilot to fly it (handy), hotels, transfers and a medical. migflug.com
If you’re renting your own circuit, you should really learn something about how to drive around it. Our friends at Austria’s Red Bull Ring run something called ‘Go With Your Pro’, which basically entails spending a couple of days at the Ring under the tutelage of a professional racing driver such as DC. projekt-spielberg.com
While you can simply pop down to the world’s most fearsome racetrack and go for a full-on lap in whatever you’ve turned up in, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. The Nürburgring bites the uninitiated hard and often, so indulging in a spot of training is a Very Good Idea.
And BMW’s programme, which uses M2s and M4s, is ace. You learn and drive the track in sections, so when they let you tackle it as a whole, you actually know your way around. The programme is two days long, and hotels/meals are thrown in.bmw-drivingexperience.comAdvertisement - Page continues below
Solandge is 279ft long, crewed by 29 and sleeps 12 guests across eight cabins. There’s a helipad, jacuzzi, and many tenders and toys to play with, too – namely a few jet skis and something called a ‘Narwhal Jet Boat’, which sounds most promising. Take it to the Med and it’s yours for £874,043/week in high season. Or buy it outright for £135m. fraseryachts.com
If you are a billionaire with precisely 499 friends to transport somewhere far away, you’ll be wanting to charter this 500-seat Airbus A380 superjumbo. On top of the £40k/flying hour fee, expect to cough up landing and handling fees, plus a hefty initial rental to the airline that owns it. privatefly.comAdvertisement - Page continues below
A race team
Traum Racing offers gentleman drivers the opportunity to race its SCG003C at various events. Prices start at £70k or so for a race like the Nürburgring 4 Hours. For that you get seven mechanics and an engineer, but up your spend to £175k and you get everything from a physio to a weather forecaster... traummotorsport.com