German automakers often promote the performance of their products based on their development on the Autobahn where stretches of non-limited roads mean cars need better dynamics, brakes and propulsion systems. But unless you live in remote parts of North America, the opportunity to experience what these machines can offer is limited. For those that live near the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan, Audi dealers in the area have set up a program with the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL.

Audi owners will be able to get high performance driver training from the pros at the club using TT-S and S5 coupes. A closed track is the best place to really push a car to its limits without having to constantly keep an eye open for the constabulary or the errant cyclist, and for those that don't own a car with four rings, the club offers other driver training programs as well. Check the press release after the jump for the details.


PRESS RELEASE

Chicagoland Audi enthusiasts gain a new way to push performance limits
  • Chicagoland Audi dealers form new partnership with Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill.
  • Audi Chicagoland dealers are sponsoring Audi TTS and S5 for 'The Autobahn Experience'
  • Program allows track time on private raceway with professional driving instructors
HERNDON, Va., Aug 10, 2009 - Audi Chicagoland dealers formed a regional partnership with the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. to provide a new opportunity for Audi owners and enthusiasts to experience high-performance test drives.

The new program within the club's 'The Autobahn Experience' will feature two performance-oriented Audi models, the Audi TTS Coupe and the Audi S5 Coupe. The Audi TTS Coupe features quattro® all-wheel drive, magnetic ride control suspension, aluminum ASF® construction, 265 hp, and a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. The Audi S5 features rear-biased quattro all-wheel drive, Audi drive select to customize handling and feel, 354 hp with a V8 engine, and a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds.

The program consists of track time designed for performance-oriented customers interested in sharpening their skills on a challenging private raceway. Professional driving instructors provide a hands-on approach to the learning experience, combining autocross and track training.

"When looking for an exclusive partner in Chicagoland to provide hands-on customer excitement, Autobahn Country Club was the clear choice," said Scott Zuercher, Area General Manager for Chicago, Audi of America. "The proximity to Chicago, high-quality facilities, and staff expertise all contributed to making the project become a reality. This is a great opportunity for customers to test drive the latest Audi performance models. Our dealer partners in Chicagoland all benefit from the investment of customer enjoyment and familiarization with the Audi brand."

"The typical Audi customer is a perfect match for Autobahn Country Club," said Mark Basso, President and Founder, Autobahn Country Club. "In addition to the highest levels of performance and efficiency, the high safety rankings found with most Audi models fit the precautions that are carried out by our instructors."

The Autobahn Country Club also provides various programs, including 1, 2, and half-day driving schools, teen defensive education program, and Kart Instruction. Autobahn Country Club also provides police training to many departments in and around Chicagoland.


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