AMG Driving Academy: become a hot shoe in every condition


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Driving academies from high-performance carmakers are nothing new: AMG's has been around for years. Nissan offers one for GT-R owners, Lamborghini for their owners, Corvette for ZR-1 owners, and Bugatti runs one for Veyron owners. Even Hummer will teach you how to drive offroad. But the AMG Driving Academy offers a wide range of programs to suit everyone from beginner to advanced.

Five different programs to be exact - including Emotion, Basic, Advanced, Pro, and Masters. A separate winter driving experience is also available, much like Bentley's 'Power on Ice' driving experience.

The four standard training programs are held at famous venues across Europe, including the Nurburgring's Nordschleife, the Spa-Francorchamps GP course and nine other courses. A total of 10 different event types are available as well, teaching car control in a wide variety of settings and conditions as well as skill levels.

The Emotion tours are a chance to get up-close and personal with the AMG program without having to ply one's skill on course or in a classroom. Instead it's a 'lifestyle' event with hotel, food and drinks included in the roughly $1,955 fee.

The Masters group is a competitive level that's composed of invitation-only students. The top 25 drivers that have graduated from both the Advanced and Pro schools get a chance to go toe-to-toe in full-on race training, including three four day races across Europe.

Like all racing, it's not cheap, however: a single event in the Masters series will set you back about $5,000. The more entry-level Basic training starts out at just $1,100, but entries are limited to about 40 per event, so if you're interested, don't waste any time signing up.

 
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