May 2022, Personal High Performance Driving Coaching comes to the Windy City.BMWM3Track Experience
Updated: Dec 21, 2021
Spring 2022 could be the beginning of living your dream. learning to drive a track prepared high performance Car on a racetrack. https://autobahncc.com/
There are many ways to participate in a High Performance Driving Education program, and options are easily found on the web.
Many excellent programs are available at Autobahn Country Club, (ACC), like Xtreme Experience, in which you get to drive a "Supercar" on a proper racetrack with outstanding instruction. (None of these cars have manual transmissions.)
Autobahn Country Club also offers an outstanding high performance driving school which you can do in your own car as well as racing license training in their race cars. If your mind is made up and you want to get licensed, this is your best option as you will need to provide an approved racecar to take other licensing courses like NASA or SCCA, both outstanding programs.
BMWTE is a different kind of experience. The car you will drive is a modified track prepared car which is still drivable on a street. But everything on and in the car is "Track prepared" to provide the security and safety of a racecar. While the experience is identical to driving.a racecar, it cannot be used for licensing purposes.
You will need proficiency in a manual to derive the full benefit of a racecar driving experience
For most HPDE Events, BMWM3TE recommends drivers sign up with ABCC, BMWCC, NASA, Hagerty Drivers Club or SCCA all of which can be done in your own street car. Most provide high quality in car instruction with certified MSF instructors. (Motor Safety Foundation)
But if you want to drive a "Race-prepared" car that has been set up for HPDE instruction with two racing seats and proper 5 point safety harnesses, the option BMWM3TE could be for you.
Jeff has taught some of the best, one student became a MX5 Champion and some of the least experienced, his teenage girls.
At this time, all HPDEs are held at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet Il. near Chicago from Late April through October.
There are weekday sessions (HPDE 2 and up only) and weekends, including multi-day weekend sessions.
E-mail Jeff with your resumé and date requirements to BMWM3Trackexperience.com or call
917-605-0194 for a driver assessment interview. If this is your first track event, provide some background as to what you wish to accomplish and what you seek in an HPDE experience.
Usually drivers will register in the events run by Hagerty Drivers Club, SCCA, BMWCC, NASA and the ACC with Jeff's advice. They pay for registration, (average around $300.00) and on track car insurance, (+-$420). https://autobahncc.com/driving-programs/#autosprint
In-car instruction and track car rental with instruction is dependent on whether it is a half, full or multi-day session.
There are also "Sunset" events that run from 5 pm to 8 pm usually on the second Monday and third Wednesday of each month May-Oct. These are only available on weekdays for HPDE #2,3 and 4 qualified drivers and can be booked directly through BMWM3Trackexperience.com.
Some Novice events combine track and autocross.
These SCCA t"Track nights" and ACC "sprints" are good starter packages for drivers who have no experience and may still be unsure about what they really want or need. They can be done in any street car.
If you choose to have in car instruction, Jeff will provide a comprehensive drivers assessment for these sessions and recommended next steps. (The track car is not available for first time participants.)