The Singapore F1 night race is fast approaching the city and looks set to drive us into all kinds of frenzy. The buzz, excitement and glamour of the event are highly infectious.
Unfortunately, there’s not enough space in the driver’s seat for all of us to experience the adrenaline head on.
No one should miss out, so we put together five (legal) things to do for that death-defying, heart-stopping and face changing fix.
Reach the height of adventure with the G-Max Reverse Bungy and GX-5 Extreme Swing
Located in the heart of Clarke Quay, the G-Max towers over everything else in the proximity for its adrenalin filled offerings. Founded, designed and manufactured in New Zealand –the home of bungy, the G-Max has been a figure of many dares and fear mongering and squashing among friends and families.
Starting off with the G-Max Reverse Bungy, the three-seater starts your heart pulsating from the ground up. Once seated and strapped on, wait for the countdown, the gush of smoke, and before you know it, you are catapulted 60 meters into the air at speeds of 200km/h. That’s a g-force 5 ladies and gentlemen, the same force experienced by drivers of a Formula One car. The GX-5 Extreme Swing takes you and a maximum of four other people up 50 meters into the air and drops you at speeds of 120km/h like you’re some kind of crash test dummy. If both of these g-forces don’t get you a good buzz, you can always do a John Paul Stapp and strap yourself to a rocket sled for a g-force experience of 46.2 –the maximum a human body can tolerate.
Adrenaline factor: 4 out of 5
Price: $45, $69 for combo rides
Take the road less travelled via Ferrata
If being a space cowboy or a crash test dummy isn’t your thing, how about being a mountaineer crossing the Alps? The via ferrata (Italian for “road with irons”) is a traditional European mountaineering activity said to have been the only means for Italian troops to cross the Dolomites during World War l. Since then, many via ferrate routes have been constructed across Europe as a way to let hikers reach peaks safely.
Meanwhile in Singapore, the guys at Far East Organization didn’t consider building a Via Ferrata on our highest ‘mountain’ Bukit Timah Hill as a fun thing to do.
So instead, they built it in a shopping mall. Yes, Orchard Central to be exact, right along the bustling Orchard Road belt.
Occupying 5 storeys, the via ferrata course is designed in such a way that you will be mentally and physically challenged in a magnitude of difficulties. Who cares about staircases, escalators and elevators? The adrenalin junkie in us prefer climbing the via ferrata to reach our shopping destination.
You must be at least 13 years old to climb the via ferrata wall but there is also an easier, shorter rock-climbing section for those aged seven and above.
Climbers must book their hour-long rockclimbing and 90-minute via ferrata sessions three days in advance by calling 6509-1300 or e-mailing [email protected]
Adrenaline factor: 3 out of 5
Price: $21.40 on weekdays and $26.75 on weekends for an hour of rock climbing, $32.10 on weekdays, $37.45 on weekends for 11/2 hours on the via ferrata wall
Go ape at Forest Adventure
Experience Bedok Reservoir Park like you have never experience it before in this jungle action adventure of epic proportions. Designed and built by a leading French designer of tree top courses, Forest Adventure is the first ever course of its kind in Singapore. Taking up 1.5 hectare of land, it boasts hundreds of metres of aerial adventure on the banks of the reservoir.
Climb up ladders and nets, cross swaying wooden bridges, swing and trapeze yourself from tree to tree, and ride on not one but four giant zip lines across the reservoir. Get your guts tangled up in knots as the rush of adrenalin keeps coming back through one activity after the other. It takes about 2 and half hours to complete the Grand Course filled with endless amount of action-packed fun.
Adrenaline factor: 4 out of 5
Price: From $42
Go gun crazy
Singapore Gun Club
Get yourself locked and stocked as you fire real bullets out of a smoking barrel. Firearms are controlled items here, but that does not mean you can’t go all Jack Bauer in a safe environment. Located at Old Chua Chu Kang Road, the Singapore Gun Club is a haven for pistol and rifle wielding faux action heroes like us.
Load up your rifles and head on to the clay range where you turn targets into a cloud of dust. If you are well warmed up and ready for a more advance challenge, try out the clay pigeon shooting (also called golfing with a rifle) where you shoot targets at multiple locations. Want something more personal than a rifle? Then a pistol might be your weapon of choice. Or alternatively, you might just want to go all Arnold Schwarzenegger with their 12-gauge shotgun. Here, destruction is highly recommended.
Adrenaline factor: 4 out of 5
Price: $65 for non-member for one hour of training. The fee includes insurance, ammunition (25 rounds) as well as coach and range fees. Call 64663124 or email [email protected] for more information
Reach Terminal Velocity
If you ever have that urge to jump off a building, plane or any vertigo inducing heights just to get that adrenaline fix. Yes, skydiving is the ultimate thrill (you can travel as fast as an F1 car). Nothing even comes close to the exhilaration you feel when floating on a cushion of air and make stupid faces with your mouth open on the way down, but scoring a plane here is next to impossible. So why not try something similar (and safer) at iFly Singapore?
At a height of 17.22 metres and a diameter of 5.02m, the indoor skydiving wind tunnel is said to be the largest of its kind in the world. You can experience the thrill of skydiving, indoors. After a pre-flight training skills session (by qualified skydiving pros of course), you're free to fly like a superhero or act channel your best Charlie Sheen move from Terminal Velocity-- all at speeds of up to 300km/h.
Adrenaline factor: 5 out of 5
Price: Beginner flight packages, inclusive of comprehensive training and two flight experiences start from $99, or $175 for 4 skydives. Book here.