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Report: Autobahn Country Club Adds Audi S5, TTS Coupe to ‘Autobahn Experience’ Driving School

Partnership formed between Chicago-area racetrack and local Audi dealers

 |  Aug 10 2009, 12:26 PM

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Chicago-area Audi dealers have formed a partnership with the Autobahn Country Club, that will give the race track the use of an Audi S5 and TTS Coupe for its high-performance driving school.

The Audi dealers are now the official sponsors of ‘The Autobahn Experience’, a high-performance program for those interested in improving their driving skills. Autobahn’s professional instructors will give lessons both on the autocross and on the race track in the 265hp TTS Coupe and the 354hp S5, both of which feature AWD and are capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

“When looking for an exclusive partner in Chicagoland to provide hands-on customer excitement, Autobahn Country Club was the clear choice,” said Scott Zuercher, Area General Manager for Chicago, Audi of America. “The proximity to Chicago, high-quality facilities, and staff expertise all contributed to making the project become a reality. This is a great opportunity for customers to test drive the latest Audi performance models. Our dealer partners in Chicagoland all benefit from the investment of customer enjoyment and familiarization with the Audi brand.”

Along with “The Autobahn Experience,” the Autobahn race track, Located in Joliet, Ill., also features one, two and half-day driving schools, a teen defensive education program and training for Chicagoland police departments.

For more information visit the Autobahn Country Club website here:

http://www.autobahncountryclub.net/

Official release after the jump:

Press Release

Chicagoland Audi enthusiasts gain a new way to push performance limits

- Chicagoland Audi dealers form new partnership with Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill.
- Audi Chicagoland dealers are sponsoring Audi TTS and S5 for ‘The Autobahn Experience’
- Program allows track time on private raceway with professional driving instructors
HERNDON, Va., Aug 10, 2009  -  Audi Chicagoland dealers formed a regional partnership with the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. to provide a new opportunity for Audi owners and enthusiasts to experience high-performance test drives.

The new program within the club’s ‘The Autobahn Experience’ will feature two performance-oriented Audi models, the Audi TTS Coupe and the Audi S5 Coupe.  The Audi TTS Coupe features quattro® all-wheel drive, magnetic ride control suspension, aluminum ASF® construction, 265 hp, and a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds.  The Audi S5 features rear-biased quattro all-wheel drive, Audi drive select to customize handling and feel, 354 hp with a V8 engine, and a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds.

The program consists of track time designed for performance-oriented customers interested in sharpening their skills on a challenging private raceway.  Professional driving instructors provide a hands-on approach to the learning experience, combining autocross and track training.

“When looking for an exclusive partner in Chicagoland to provide hands-on customer excitement, Autobahn Country Club was the clear choice,” said Scott Zuercher, Area General Manager for Chicago, Audi of America. “The proximity to Chicago, high-quality facilities, and staff expertise all contributed to making the project become a reality.  This is a great opportunity for customers to test drive the latest Audi performance models.  Our dealer partners in Chicagoland all benefit from the investment of customer enjoyment and familiarization with the Audi brand.”

“The typical Audi customer is a perfect match for Autobahn Country Club,” said Mark Basso, President and Founder, Autobahn Country Club.  “In addition to the highest levels of performance and efficiency, the high safety rankings found with most Audi models fit the precautions that are carried out by our instructors.”

The Autobahn Country Club also provides various programs, including 1, 2, and half-day driving schools, teen defensive education program, and Kart Instruction.  Autobahn Country Club also provides police training to many departments in and around Chicagoland.