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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!


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!


“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.


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.


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!

Professional AMG Driving Academy Video

I have participated in the AMG Driving Academy here in the US and loved every second of it. I’ve even been recorded doing hot laps. The instructors for the Academy lead three cars with amateur drivers around a high speed circuit while looking in their rearview mirrors and coaching! They are just amazing! The video below really demonstrates how they can perform incredible feats of driving while narrating the experience.

Win a Trip to the AMG Driving Academy at Leguna Seca!

Visit the MBUSA Facebook page to register! You could win:

  • Two seats to AMG Driving Academy Basic Course on October 19th 2013.
  • Airfare for winner and guest.
  • Three night stay at Laguna Beach

Don’t want to wait until October? The AMG Driving Academy is coming to Road Atlanta on August 29th! I know Fitz is going…has anyone else signed up yet?

The 2013 AMG Driving Academy Returns to Road Atlanta!

The AMG Driving Academy is an amazing day at the track! It gives you the opportunity to drive our AMG vehicles in a way that you just can’t experience on normal roads. Whether you are an AMG owner looking to see what the car can do (without wearing out your own tires) or an enthusiast looking to be impressed this event is the one for you!

The 2013 schedule has been announced and they are coming back to Road Atlanta…and some other world famous tracks! You can view the full schedule at the AMG Driving Academy site.

If you purchased a AMG vehicle in the 12 months preceding an event you are eligible to attend the one-day Basic class for free through the AMG Purchase Reward Program.

If you want to see what you’ll experience at the event you can take a look at my previous posts. Please excuse all the giggling in the videos…it is just so fun!

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