In a bid to tap into the Formula 1 fever that will infect Singapore this weekend, taxi booking app GrabTaxi is running a program to let lucky users in the city hub get a chance to be chauffeured around in a supercar.
Unlike an earlier program from Uber, GrabTaxi’s promotion will let customers ride along free of charge, though availability is limited to certain areas within the island state. The offer ends along with the F1 Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, September 20.
Those lucky enough to book a supercar will ride one of seven different models: the Aston Martin DB9 Volante convertible, the Aston Martin DBS Volante convertible, the Maserati GranTurismo, the Maserati Quattroporte Sports GTS, the McLaren MP4-12C, the Porsche C4S 911 Cabriolet or the Porsche Carrera.
However, there is a catch. Like Uber’s supercar rides, GrabTaxi’s vehicles are limited to just one passenger, so Singaporeans hoping to take this as an opportunity to impress a date are out of luck.
Besides giving out luxurious free rides, GrabTaxi is also doing something special for the mid-Autumn festival that’s celebrated in some Asian countries like Singapore and China. The company is letting its users order mooncakes, a traditional Chinese pastry, during the festival — the cakes themselves will be free, though buyers will have to fork out S$38 ($27) for delivery.
Both Uber and GrabTaxi have been testing different promotions in the country; in July Uber had drones deliver customers ice cream, while GrabTaxi allowed users to order deliveries of durians, a local delicacy.
Singapore is a hotly contested battleground for transportation booking apps. GrabTaxi was polled last year to be the most popular, beating local taxi giant Comfort-Delgro’s app, while US-based Uber came in a distant third for taxi bookings. Besides competing in this race, GrabTaxi also last year launched GrabCar, a similar service to Uber’s Black program.