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AMG Driving Academy at Lime Rock – Click above for high-res image gallery

What do you do after hitting success with a trial product? Bring it back and make it bigger, of course. That's just what Mercedes-Benz has done with its AMG Driving Academy, a program that our own Editor Paukert attended the course last fall at Lime Rock to his great amusement and education.

This year's courses will put participants in the Mercedes E63 AMG, SL63 AMG, C63 AMG, SLK55 AMG and, new for this year, the SLS AMG gullwing. After working your way up through Basic and Advanced courses, you're ready for Top Gun testing in the new Pro level course, which means an "intense curriculum" and open lapping at Road Atlanta. Follow the jump for all that goes on this year's academy including dates and locations, and have a look at what you can be doing in the gallery of high-res photos below.

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Mercedes-AMG Driving Academy Races Into 2010

Performance Driving Program Adds SLS AMG and Pro Level

MONTVALE, N.J., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Following its inaugural year in the U.S., Mercedes-AMG is presenting a new season for driving enthusiasts who want to sharpen their advanced driving skills at the AMG Driving Academy. Among the list of enhancements is the addition of a Pro Level for 2010. Under the guidance of top professional instructors, the AMG Driving Academy offers the opportunity to personally experience the excitement of motorsports and the track capabilities of Mercedes-AMG vehicles including the all new 563 hp SLS AMG, capable of 0-60 mph in less than four seconds.

Originally founded by Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, Germany in 2007, the AMG Driving Academy launched in the U.S. in 2009. More than six-hundred driving enthusiasts participated in the advanced driver program last year, and participants now have the opportunity to attend an advanced three-day Pro Level program at one of the top circuits in the U.S., Road Atlanta. Program participants have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of several AMG models including the E63 AMG, SL63 AMG, C63 AMG, SLK55 AMG and SLS AMG. The program features custom-designed exercises to experience and teach dynamic driving capabilities across two of the top tracks in the U.S.:

-- Road Atlanta (Braselton, GA) - May 15-16, June 11-14 & 28-30, 2010
-- For more than 40 years, Road Atlanta has lured top tier sports car and motorcycle racers from around the world. This 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course is one of the most technically challenging in the U.S.

-- Laguna Seca Raceway (Monterey, CA) - August 27-29, September 25-27, October 29-30 and November 12-14, 2010
-- Located in one of North America's best destination locations -- the Monterey Peninsula -- Laguna Seca features tremendous elevation changes, the famous Corkscrew complex and 2.24 sinewy miles of twisty asphalt.

The AMG Driving Academy Basic, Advanced and new Pro Level for 2010:
-- Basic ($1,795 per participant): Intense one-day track program focuses on performance driving dynamics. Participants learn the fundamentals of vehicle dynamics and car control maneuvers using customized exercises. Once participants perfect car control and handling, they progress to a set of high-speed exercises that make use of the entire track.
-- Road Atlanta: May 15-16 & June 11-12
-- Laguna Seca Raceway: August 27-29, Sept. 25, Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 12

-- Advanced ($3,295 per participant): Two-day program picks up where Basic leaves off, providing advanced training and technical on-track instruction. Onboard diagnostics and data capture enable detailed computer analysis and evaluation. The Advanced program is offered to drivers who complete either the Basic Level, AMG Challenge, European Driving Academy program or an equivalent course.
-- Road Atlanta: June 13-14, 2010
-- Laguna Seca Raceway: September 26-27 & November 13-14

-- Pro ($3,995 per participant): The pinnacle of the AMG Driving Academy curriculum, Pro program offers increased instruction while challenging and improving capabilities and skills to a much greater degree. During the three day program, participants train on the legendary Road Atlanta circuit. As speeds increase and skills improve, open lapping provides the maximum challenge and thrill. With an intense curriculum, AMG experienced instructors prepare participants to confidently negotiate the signature corners of Road Atlanta.
-- Road Atlanta: June 28-30, 2010

All fees include a dinner reception and introductory briefing the evening before the program, track hospitality, AMG Driving Academy certificate of program completion and an AMG gift bag. Participants are responsible for travel and accommodations. Additional information and registration for the AMG Driving Academy is available at www.AMGacademy.com or by phone at 1-800-217-6916.

About Mercedes-Benz USA
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 12 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and CL coupes.

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans in the US. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com and www.mbsprinterusa.com.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has AMG ever put manuals in their cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like a lot of people who have never driven them are the ones who put those cars down.

      These are cars that can be driven any day, any time, anywhere, unlike some sports cars.
      They are not outright full sports cars but they are really fun to drive.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeep wrangler forever
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow! Someone must be stuck making high payments on a boring ride.... Me, I just love driving my C63 here and there... But most of all I like giving those Vett owners a little head start then blowing them away with my 4 door sedan. Oh yeah same works for those Shelby mustangs, Z28's and so on...... Oh, I was able to turn off the Trac control my 04 C class and the new one too. Happy motoring. I do. :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      sorry wrong article
        • 5 Years Ago
        LoL, I laughed outloud at that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A driving academy for rich executives who couldn't tell you how to properly operate their own turn signals. Good luck teaching them how to properly execute a J-turn or how to rev-match....oh wait.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, you're right I'M the one who should do the research, as should every other experienced motor journalist who has reviewed current AMG's, since we are all obviously wrong.

        Good job at ignoring my second comment by the way.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Maybe you should shoot over to any MB forum and see for yourself on how shutting of the traction-control system on alot of these current cars near impossible. It usually involves pulling fuses and whatnot. Visit YouTube and check out some of the reviews on them, I'm sure you are bound to run into a video of this being mentioned. I think one of the few exeptions is the C63.
        But yeah, before you go on calling others "misinformed", maybe you should do a little research first.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed, not bitter, just misinformed.

        All modern AMG's have the ability to turn off traction control completely, has been that way for a few years, since the C63 I believe.

        And did you really just lump a product's entire customer base into one stereotype without rhyme or reason?

        • 5 Years Ago

        Bitter about what? Personally, I am no fan of Mercedes-Benz or their phylosophy on performance. It's actually quite amusing when you think about it.
        MB throws these AMG events here and there so that customers, who most likely have never even driven a real sports car, can see what it is like "try" and throw around a 4,500lb car while battling with its stubborn Traction Control system(which can't be disabled lol).
        But you know, I'm sure they have a great cocktail bar in that tent somewhere.

        So, NO, not bitter or jealous about anything.
        • 5 Years Ago
        bitter much?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Driving Academy with only automatics... :-
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy body roll!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, I get it. They used the Ford to tow the Benz to the track.

      Okay, cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      must be fun having expendable cash :/
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