Mercedes AMG Driving Academy Video Highlights

Words Jim Davis | August 16, 2011
MBUSA filmed ten instructional videos, hosted by professional racecar driver and AMG instructor Tommy Kendall are available
Words Jim Davis August 16, 2011

With the release of the new “AMG Performance Series Videos” on YouTube and MBUSA offering Facebook Fans a chance to win a trip to participate in the one-day intensive Basic Course at the Academy, participating in the prestigious Mercedes-Benz AMG Driving Academy has never been easier. You can find ten instructional videos, hosted by professional racecar driver and AMG Driving Academy instructor Tommy Kendall on Facebook and YouTube. Now through September 15, 2011 on the Mercedes-Benz USA Facebook page, people can enter for a chance to win a trip for four to Laguna Seca.

Produced at the legendary Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, the ten-part video series covers many of the same racing techniques taught at the AMG Driving Academy. Four-time Trans-Am Series champion Tommy Kendall narrates the video series and with the help of other expert drivers, demonstrates a wide range of performance driving techniques. Starting with basic seating position, drivers at home will have the opportunity to experience a series of ¬†classroom sessions aimed at honing driver skills. The third video of the series showing driver’s how to slalom can be seen below. At the conclusion of the video series, viewers will have a basic understanding of the ‘race craft’ techniques used by professional drivers.

The AMG Driving Academy, offered at Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca and Lime Rock Park, comes in three varieties:

  • Basic Training– a one-day intensive program that costs $1,595. Remaining programs in 2011 are available at Laguna Seca in September (27), October (6, 7, 9, 20, 21, 22), November (8, 9) and December (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Advanced Training– a two day program that costs $2,995
  • Pro Training– a comprehensive three day program that costs $3,695. One program remains in 2011; Laguna Seca on October 10-12

Each participant is given the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a large selection of AMG vehicles, including the E63 AMG, SL63 AMG, C63 AMG, SLK55 AMG and, the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz product lineup, the 563 hp SLS AMG.

A description of the Academy program including levels and preliminary schedules can be found at The AMG Driving Academy web site