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Mercedes-Benz wants you to buy an AMG, but they also want you to not suck at driving it. Hence, the AMG Driving Academy makes its leap from Lime Rock Park onto Youtube, to prepare us for that day of handbuilt-engine-ownership.
Hosted by Tommy Kendall, four-time Trans Am champion and AMG instructor, it’s a primer in the high-buck AMG Driving Academy program, where the well-heeled zoom off to Europe and learn hands-on behind the wheel of the entire Benz lineup.
But since not everybody sleeps on a bed of money, the series covers everything you need to know about performance driving, short of actually stepping into a performance car: from adjusting mirrors and seats to the differences between oversteer and understeer, from threshold braking to weight distribution during a slalom. The cars shown include a CLS and C63 AMG, as well as the occasional cameo from the SLS.
Click the jump to view the 4-part series.
Most driving schools use boring little econo-boxes to teach students the skills required to drive a car, but the Mercedes-Benz AMG Driving Academy is not your average driving school.
This high performance driving school is designed to teach you to get the best out of your super sportscar, and to accomplish that, they will not only use the SLS road car, but also the SLS GT3 racer.
Those looking to improve their driving skills to perhaps enter amateur racing, can choose from four different programs. The “Experience” program will give its students driving lessons in a regular SLS for most of the practice, followed by some seat time in the SLS GT3 but will be asked to follow a lead vehicle. The day will end by getting hot-laps by the professionals in the SLS GT3. You will also get a video of your day at the track.
The next step is the “Warm up” program. This is a theory based program, teaching you about braking, changing gear, overtaking, plus a variety of other handling exercises.
This can be followed by the “Training” program where the focus will be one-on-one time with a personal trainer.
Once this is completed, you can get into the “Competition” program, and this will certainly be the most fun, because you will get to spend most of the time driving around in the SLS GT3. As part of the course, there will be individual and team competitions to give you a real sense of competition. This program will cost 1500-Euros ($2100) but it has got to be worth every penny.
563-hp SLS AMG now added to the vehicle lineup
Mercedes has just announced the dates and locations for its AMG Driving Academy, which returns with more vehicles and high-level courses, after last year’s successful inaugural run. Events will be held at both Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca, with a new three-day Pro Level course added at Road Atlanta. Just one Pro Level course will be available from June 28-30, which culminates in open lapping on one of the most technical tracks in America. Pricing for that course is $3,995, while a two-day Advanced class is $3,295 and a one-day Basic class costs $1,795.
Like last year, the courses include the use of the E63 AMG, SL63 AMG, C63AMG and SLK55 AMG. Plus, new for 2010 is the new SLS AMG gullwing, with a more powerful version of the 6.2-liter V8 making 563-hp.
For more info, see the full release below, or contact the academy at www.AMGacademy.com or by phone at 1-800-217-6916.
GALLERY: AMG Driving Academy
Official release after the jump:
Lime Rock and Laguna Seca among tracks to host amazing AMG models and the upcoming SLS
Mercedes is bringing its AMG Driving Academy to the U.S. this September, allowing participants to hone their driving skills and experience the thrill that an AMG can deliver.
Launched in Europe in 2007, the AMG Driving Academy lets you get behind the wheel of cars like the E63 AMG, SL63 AMG, C63 AMG, SLK55 AMG and the CLK63 AMG Black Series. And now for 2009, AMG has included the upcoming 2011 SLS supercar. On a racetrack the AMG driving instructors will help you develop your driving skills and get the most out of the amazing AMG machines.
A Stage 1 one day program teaches fundamentals in performance driving and car control and includes a “high speed” track drive. A Stage 2 class is more advanced and involves much more track driving with timed laps and a “competitive performance course competition.”
Priced at $1,895 per person for Stage 1 and $3,495 per person for Stage 2, the AMG Academy will be at Lime Rock Park in Lime Rock, CT from September 9-15; Palm Beach International Raceway in West Palm Beach, FL from September 22-27 and Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, CA from November 7-8 and 17-20th.
The AMG Driving Academy will also offer a special opportunity at Laguna Seca from November 17-20th to drive the upcoming 2011 SLS AMG supercar. The price for this one-day event is $2,295 and includes a one night stay at the InterContinental Hotel in Monterey.
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