Mercedes Benz’s 2010-2011 edition of the AMG Driving Academy has started. It intends to push drivers to the edge by letting them experience the real nature of an AMG car. The program, which was initiated three years ago, consists of five courses: Emotion, Basic, Advanced, Pro and Masters.
The courses are taken at popular race tracks, including the Nurburgring and Spa-Francorchamps in Europe and Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta in the US.
There will be 32 participants for the Emotion course, which brings the drivers and AMG-supplied cars on several public routes. They will be touring the AMG plant in Affalterbach and they will participate in a DTM racing weekend or the Bregenz Festival. The Emotions course is priced from €290.
Next is the Basic course, which is aimed at “ensuring safe and confident reactions behind the wheel.” Training sessions are conducted by instructors while the driving lessons will be on the Hockenheimring, the Nurburgring Grand Prix at the LuK Driving Center in Baden-Baden.
This course will only take 10 people who should be willing to pay at least €990. The Advanced course means to help bring to the surface the racing driver in all of the participants.
The course aims to develop driving skills and sporty driving and its training lessons will be held at race circuits like Spa-Francorchamps, Imola, Hockenheimring, Le Castellet and Brno. The price tag for this course is €2,590. Only five groups of eight people will be able to participate in this course.
To get into Pro, the fourth course, the Advanced course has to be completed. Its focus is on letting drivers experience the track behind the wheel on an AMG car on their own. Eight groups of eight people will be trained at Nurburgring or in Le Castellet.
The price for this course is €2,240. The last course, the Masters Sports Trophy, is priced at €3,890 and will be at Le Castellet, and Brno and in Arjeplog (2011). The participants get to bring their own AGM cars.