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Topic: AMG Driving Academy
The GT R Experience at MB World UK – Video

There are so many places around the world to enjoy a Mercedes-Benz with professional supervision!

I have personally attended the AMG Driving Academy at Road Atlanta and The Rock experience in Bremen, Germany.

Here is a great video of the GT R experience at MB World UK by my Instagram friend @rokenr. He even references me in the video!

US AMG Driving Academy at Road Atlanta!

Road Atlanta AMG GTS

The AMG Driving Academy was at Road Atlanta this week. I was able to attend the BASIC training and I am now a certified Race Car driver! Ok, that might be a stretch but I did improve my skills and get to see a lot of amazing AMG vehicles!

Mercedes AMG at the track

The day consists of training modules designed to improve your skills as well as lots seat time doing hot laps in a variety of AMG vehicles. There was a wet skid pad to improve oversteer and understeer reactions. The not-yet-released Mercedes-AMG E63 was used in an ABS stopping exercise that will really make you appreciate how well the cars stop. A small autocross course used the CLA45 for a timed lap.

C63 AMG

There was also a huge stable of AMG vehicles on display! The GT-R, GT C roadster and the GLC63 were all at the track, despite being weeks from a US release date. That was very exciting for me! It’s a track day and a car show!

GTR Hell Green

I was able to do hot laps around Road Atlanta in the GTS coupe, E63 sedan, C43 sedan, C63 coupe and the SL63. Top speed on the back stretch was just north of 120 mph, which felt fast until I rode with the professionals. I did a few taxi rides in the GTS and a very fast lap in the SLS black series and I know we were a little over 140 mph!

Driving Academy

The AMG Driving Academy Instructors are awesome! They are both very skilled and very patient with my lack of skill. They can coach you to be being a better driver while still keeping the race line and gong 120 mph!

The AMG Driving Academy still has 2017 dates remaining at Leguna Seca, Lime Rock Park and Circuit of the Americas. If you purchased an AMG vehicle in the last 12 months you are entitled to a free BASIC training session. I highly recommend you take advantage of this perk! If you are thinking about an AMG or are a motorsports enthusiast, this event is for you! It is an incredible amount of driving time in a lot of very expensive AMG vehicles.

 

FAQs:

  • What car do I drive?

All of them! In 8 hours I drove 10 different cars ranging from the 4-cylinder CLA45 up to the new 603 horsepower E63. You will rotate out of all of the vehicles for the skills sections and for track laps.

  • Can I drive my car?

No! And you don’t want to! Track conditions are hard on your brakes and tires. Use the ones that AMG provides and feel good that your car stays safe on the sidelines!

  • Is it worth it?

Uh, yeah. Even as a dealership employee I never get a chance to drive these cars the way they are meant to be driven. Experiencing the acceleration, braking, cornering and poise of the AMG vehicles can only be done on the track. The combined value of the vehicles and the instruction is a value at twice the price!

  • How do I sign up?

Website. New AMG owners provide their VIN to use the credit.

Next year, I’m thinking Advanced Class at COTA!

AMG Driving Academy – The Fleet Includes This Freightliner!

AMG Driving Academy

The 2017 AMG Driving Academy is underway! The first sessions at Leguna Seca Raceway have wrapped up and they are headed to Road Atlanta in a few short weeks! When they arrive they’ll be picking up this awesome new transporter from Atlanta Classic Cars! It is currently empty but I can almost hear that GT S revving up!

This Freightliner is finished in Iridium Silver paint and is powered by a 15 liter Mercedes engine and DT12 transmission. Nice rig! It was customized by Daimler Trucks North America specifically for the AMG Driving Academy. Freightliner is a part of the Daimler Trucks family. The GT S is obviously finished in Solarbeam yellow!

If you want to see more of this hot rod and all of the other AMG vehicles you can register for the AMG Driving Academy here. If you purchased an AMG vehicle this year you may be eligible for a free seat during the BASIC Program. The AMG Purchase Reward is a great perk for new AMG owners! It is also a great gift for prospective owners. You’ve never been on a test drive this thorough!

I have attended the BASIC program at Road Atlanta twice over the years and loved every minute of it! You really can’t appreciate the AMG vehicles without pushing their limits on the track. The accelerate faster, brake harder and corner better than you have ever considered trying on the road. The driving skills they teach will also make you a better driver. Handling a car that is on the edge is a skill that takes time to develop. The AMG instructors are top notch and give excellent guidance.

Look for the AMG Driving Academy of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for excellent pictures of the vehicles and events. Their preferred hashtag is #atthetrack if you are looking for pictures from attendees.

AMG Driving Academy in Atlanta this Month!

Who’s Going?!

AMG Driving Academy

Mercedes-AMG Track Day at Atlanta Motorsports Park!

Atlanta Classic Cars invited a small group of AMG owners to Atlanta Motorsports Park to see what their cars could do on the track! You simply can’t appreciate your AMG when following the rules of the road!

AMG 3

Here is a video I made from the porch on the clubhouse. AMP is a great facility and I would highly recommend you go whenever the opportunity presents itself! Thanks to ACC and AMP for a great day!

Register For the 2016 US AMG Driving Academy!

US AMG Driving AcademyIf you’ve been waiting to get registered for the 2016 season of the US AMG Driving Academy, the wait is officially over!

Get ready to put 2016 in gear with new tracks and an updated curriculum.

Visit the website for all of the details!

  • Circuit of the Americas
  • Road Atlanta
  • Lime Rock
  • Leguna Seca

If you purchased an AMG vehicle in the last 12 months then you VIN is a free pass! Call to Book ASAP!

Once you are ready to redeem this exclusive offer, simply call the toll-free Registration Center at 1-888-604-1766 (Mon – Fri, 9am-5pm EST). Please have the following criteria ready for our concierge:

  • The vehicle purchaser’s full name
  • The vehicle purchaser’s full address
  • The vehicle model year designation (i.e. “2016 Mercedes-AMG E63”)
  • The dealership name at which the vehicle was purchased or leased
  • The full Vehicle Identification Number (“VIN”)
  • Valid credit card

Please know that AMG Purchase Reward eligibility will be checked in real time and subject to the redemption rules and restrictions.

Have Fun!

2016 AMG Driving Academy Schedule Announced!

You want to go to the AMG Driving Academy!

If you purchased an AMG in the last year you are eligible to go for free! If you did not buy an AMG last year, pay for a day on the track and then you’ll buy an AMG for sure and then you can go for free next year!

Here is the link for the 2016 schedule. Coming back to Road Atlanta for my convenience!

Review of the AMG GT S by Nash Solanki

AMG Expert Training

Last week a select group of dealership employees and members of the AMG Private Lounge were invited to Palm Beach for an exclusive look at the upcoming AMG GT S. This new vehicle is the second creation of AMG (following the SLS AMG) and is entering the Sports Car segment in spring of 2015.

Doug and Nash at AMG

Two representatives from Atlanta Classic Cars attended the employee event and can share first hand impressions. Doug Strong, far left, and Nash Solanki, third from left, spent two days racing around the track and the hills of California and have come back excited about this new vehicle!

Technically:

“Hot Inside V” Turbocharger configuration. The exhaust manifolds are on the top of the engine, rather than the bottom, which makes for shorter runners. It eliminates the turbo lag and also makes the engine more efficient. Emissions are lowered because the catalytic converters are on top to treat the exhaust sooner.

Active Electromechanical Engine and Transaxle Mounts: This feature uses electricity to change the viscosity of the oil for a comfort or sport ride. This allows for very distinctive differences between a cushy street set-up and a very stiff track set-up.

Carbon Fiber Drive Shaft: The drive shaft is only 8.8 lbs! The lower weight is obviously a benefit and it also has less drive line losses for more power.

Driving Impression:

The sound of the vehicle is incredible. It has throatiness that is usually missing from a turbocharged engine. This sound can be turned up or down with the exhaust flap button to have the best of both worlds.

The handling on the car is laser sharp. Point the wheel and it will go where you are asking. The suspension is stiffer than the SLS and responds perfectly.

Race mode makes this a perfect race car. It will hold the car at 5000 rpms for a very aggressive track experience.

On surface streets the car is surprisingly comfortable. Most sports cars in this category are much stiffer and would not be ideal for daily driving.

Looks:

Solarbeam Yellow was the star of the show! It glows in the sun.

The large intakes on the front with the intercooler is a balance of style and performance.

The hatchback is a little retro, very practical and great looking!

Competitor Vehicles:

Jaguar F-type R – 5 litre supercharged V8, 7-speed. Good sound but lacks power and torque compared to the GT S. Not as fun to drive. The interior was not as intuitive and lacked polish.

911 Carrera 4S – All-Wheel Drive, wide body. Stunning car, handles well. Seems a little dated. Not as thrilling in the mountains because of the rougher ride. Not as comfortable all around.

Overall:

This is Nash’s new favorite car! It is a technological marvel. It is exhilarating to drive. It is an emotional experience! The handling, the braking, the comfort, the race experience – it does it all well! The styling is a work of art. This is destined to be a classic and the best of both worlds – a race car and a daily driver.

Thanks for sharing your impressions Nash! Order early…with the amount of great press this car is getting the order banks will fill up well before the car is launched!

AMG Expert Training – AMG GT S and C63 AMG

Mercedes AMG expert

Two of my co-workers had the opportunity to go to California and participate in AMG Expert training last week. They came back with tons of knowledge about the upcoming AMG GT and the new C63 AMG.

I’ll try to get their impressions organized. Maybe I’ll even have a guest blog post! But for now, here are the highlights.

Nash says the AMG GT S is his new favorite car!

Perfect balance, great looks, fun to drive and a technological marvel. They were able to drive the vehicle on the track as well as in the hills of California for the complete experience.

Doug is one of our Master Certified Technicians. This was his second AMG Expert Training. He also went to Germany last year to see the AMG engines be built in Affalterbach.

As an AMG Performance Center, it is important for us to be able to answer your questions about your current AMG as well as the AMG of your dreams! Our first orders are in for both the AMG GT S and the C63 S AMG. Don’t wait too long!

The AMG Private Lounge – Have you Signed Up?

The AMG Private Lounge is the place to be if you own an AMG!

This online community is limited to people who share your passion for your AMGs. There are discussion boards, regular interaction from the AMG experts at Mercedes-Benz and lots of sneak peeks, invitations and giveaways!

Right now they are preparing a special sneak peek at the all-new AMG GT. You aren’t invited if you aren’t a member!

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