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Back to basics at the Bridgestone Racing Academy
Modern traction control and braking systems have their roots in motorsports, but now make even the most mundane commuter car an easier and safer driving experience.
Testing Chevy’s most fearsome ponycar in its natural environment
Muscle cars of the 1960s were originally conceived with one thing in mind – accelerate as fast as possible in a straight line. Today, their modern equivalents can do a good deal more, such as stop and go around corners.
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.
Skip Barber Driving School is offering a lifetime membership to their performance driving schools and race series for the low price of $300,000.
Participants in the FAST PASS for Life programs can attend any driving school, race school or show up to any of the race series offered by Skip Barber and fill any open spots. The one restriction is that FAST PASS holders cannot bump a paying customer from a spot in any of the aforementioned events.
While $295,000 can buy you a lot of very nice cars, the instruction given at Skip Barber will actually let you learn how to drive them at the limit, and the race series offered by the schools, in their open wheel Formula cars or the Mazda MX-5 Cup cars can give you a thrill unmatched by any street car in existence.
[Source: Skip Barber]