Race fans will be able to get the ride of their life at the 2009 WPS Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro with the Pretty Roar Experience being a part of the schedule for the February 20-22 Event.

The Pretty Roar Experience will provide the opportunity for fans to be strapped into the passenger seat of a real race car and experience the thrill of raw V8 power around the hallowed Mount Panorama Circuit.

Owned and operated by V8 driver and renowned Bathurst specialist Nathan Pretty, the Pretty Roar V8 Experience will have a pair of Holden Commodore race cars on hand at the Event. Both cars are specially engineered to cater for passenger rides, fitted with three passenger seats and powered by a 6.0 litre LS2 V8 engine topped with a PWR Supercharger, the engine producing a V8 Supercar-like 450kW and 650Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0~100km/h in approximately four seconds.

Pretty will steer one of the V8 Commodores in the hot laps and he will be joined by another (yet to be announced) high profile driver in the second Pretty Roar Experience car.

Pretty, winner of the inaugural Bathurst 24 Hour race and a four-time top 10 finisher in Australia's great race - the Bathurst 1000, said the Pretty Roar V8 Experience gives a ride as close to a V8 Supercar as possible.

"It looks good, it's loud and it goes fast, and fans will be able to feel the full capabilities of a V8 race car - the acceleration, the awesome braking and cornering. This will put a smile on the faces of the people that have been waiting for an opportunity like this," said Pretty.

"The WPS Bathurst 12 hour is the only time people can get the opportunity to experience a fast lap around Australia's greatest motor racing circuit.

"From a driver's perspective there is no greater circuit in the country than Mount Panorama and I'm delighted that we are going to be able to share the thrill with the passengers.

"When people get in the car people think they know what to expect but by the time you get to the end of Mountain Straight their heart is pumping out of their skin as they begin to experience one of the most enthralling things they'll do in their lifetime."

There are a limited number of seats at $250 each available for a ride during a half hour session on Friday and a half hour session on Saturday of the Event. Fans partaking in this once in a life time experience in advance of the Event will receive a complimentary General Admission Ticket for the day of their scheduled ride.

Race fans can also intensify their hot lap experience by becoming a member of the WPS Bathurst 12 Hour Club. The 12 Hour Club is the place to watch all the action on track while enjoying food and beverages corporate style. A hot lap and day in the 12 Hour Club costs just $400, with additional 12 Hour Club Passes costing just $150 for partners and/or friends of the hot lap recipient (standard retail price is $180).