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Click above for a high-res gallery of a winter session of the Lamborghini Academy

Lamborghini has opened its Lamborghini Academy, and the only words we have for it are "crazy steal." For the practically Wal-Mart price of €3,900 (just under $5,000 USD) you get accommodations, two days on the track at Vallelunga or Adria Raceway in Italy, a chance to pilot the Gallardo LP 560-4 and Murcielago LP 640, and video footage of your driving.

There are three courses: Track Academy, Advance Academy, and Winter Academy. Of course, you have to get to the Academy on your own dime, but once there you'll be trained in the driving Jedi arts of over- and understeer, the racing line, and controlled drifting, guided by Lambo's own instructors. This is one of those rare academic situations where everyone's trying to be valedictorian. You can check out the press release after the jump, and the Winter Wonderland gallery of pics below.

[Source: Lamborghini]


SANT'AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy – February 20, 2009: Lamborghini has announced its new Lamborghini Academy dates for 2009. With courses open to all sports car enthusiasts as well as Lamborghini owners, the track driving schools provide an extraordinary opportunity to experience the full potential of Lamborghini cars, alongside the Italian super sports car manufacturer's professional instructors.

The Track Academy course provides an entry into the Lamborghini Academy world. Held at various European race tracks from Spring 2009 onwards, participants' driving skills are improved alongside a professional driver instructor, while exploring the full potential of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4.

The Advanced Academy is the top level programme, and concentrates on optimum control and performance on the race track, fully supported by a professional invehicle telemetry system. Driving is undertaken in the Gallardo LP 560-4 and the Murciélago LP 640: the fastest and most extreme super sports car in its class.

All classes include technical and safety briefings, followed by handling and performance exercises, with instruction on how to get the 'ultimate kick' from race track driving! Participants improve their handling and feel of Lamborghini's permanent four-wheel drive cars, learn to manage understeer and oversteer; practice manoeuvres with and without ABS and ESP; master 'controlled drifting' and, of course, find the ideal 'racing line' on track.

As a reminiscence of this experience each individual participant gets his own incar-video with footage of the whole driving day as well as a photo CD of all the action of the day on the race track.

Lamborghini Academy courses start from 3,900.00 euro, including accommodation, cars at the race track and all driving instruction, but excluding travel. For full details, go to www.lamborghiniacademy.com, or contact your local Lamborghini dealer.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      An academy i will never get into....so in all i could care less.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW's driver training isn't nearly as elaborate, but for someone wanting advanced driver technique on a budget, it is definitely cheaper. The 2-day package is $3350 CAD, so in the United States like $5. It may not be winding roads in the Italian countryside, but to learn a bit about driving and toss around an M3 for a few days, it would be a lot of fun. I'm pretty sure it lowers your insurance premiums too!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I'm pretty sure it lowers your insurance premiums too!"

        Uhh..no it doesn't
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who in the world would ever take THEIR exotic out in the snow? or rain ,or dust?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that is a great deal! If I read this right, and I'd like to think that I did, you don't have to actually own a Lamborghini to take the course... which is awesome! Who wouldn't want to beat on someone else's exotic car on a race track?!? And according to Google maps, you can drive there from the US (just need to swim a little bit)! =P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Check the studded snow tires... Sweet! I think I'll wait until spring / summer though...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Me and my dad went to the ferrari driving experience in montreal and it was amazing, one of the best experiences in a car ever, now i just got convince him to go to this one as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      another thing to add to my bucket list...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, I need a video tape of myself walking away from a crumpled and maybe even burning Lambo after augering into a barrier at warp speed. I will be rehearsing my casual helmet toss as I walk away from the debacle shaking my head and trying to remember if I purchased the compulsory accident insurance. Anyone willing to finance my attendance at one of the Academies?
      • 6 Years Ago
      where do i sign up ?