10 Things I Learned During the Perfect Day at the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy

10 Things I Learned During the Perfect Day at the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy
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4. Helmets Don’t Make for Headroom

“Are these helmets particularly big, or is it just me?”

That’s what I’m thinking as I cram into a C63 AMG. In fact, with the extra inches of headroom a helmet requires, I’ve got to crook my neck at a 45 degree angle and lean the seat back further than I’d like.

A lot of driving on a track comes down to vision, and that becomes pretty hard when you can’t even move your head.

The regular C-Class sedan is very much the same. I imagine the next-gen 2015 models will be a big improvement over what is essentially one of the most dated chassis in the Benz lineup.

It’s a good thing we spend the day cycling into and out of different cars, because a whole day in the C63 might have left my neck feeling painfully stiff.

I don’t have any issues in the big E and S-Class sedans or, obviously, the SUVs. Even the SLS is surprisingly spacious thanks to a bump cut in the roof – most likely for exactly this purpose.

  • Jeff T

    Great track. Hope you made it over to their sweet carting track. Can’t believe you get paid to do this, Jealous! I can only afford to hit mosport twice a year.

  • ColumWood

    It’s a good job for sure. It’s nice to not have to pay. It’s even nicer to not have to pay for tires and brakes at the end of the day. And no, I’ve still never been to the carting track… or the new DDT.

  • Finch

    Damn that looks like fun. Do they really let you drive an SLS?