FAQS

PROGRAM FAQS

Participants must be at least 21 years of age and possess a current valid driver license.

All participants must be at least 21 years of age and possess a current valid driver license.


BASIC program – No prerequisites required

 

Participation in the ADVANCED program requires prior attendance at one of the following:

- AMG Driving Academy BASIC, Stage I, ADVANCED, PRO, or Masters

- An accredited professional driving or racing school program based on review (Bondurant, etc.)

 

Participation in the PRO program requires prior attendance at one of the following:

- AMG Driving Academy ADVANCED or PRO (US or European programs)

- An accredited professional driving or racing school program based on review (Bondurant, etc.)


Participation in the PRO+ program requires successful completion at one of the following within the last 18 months:

- AMG Driving Academy ADVANCED or PRO (US or European programs)

NOTE: All PRO+ registrations will be evaluated prior to acceptance

 

Participation in the DRIFT EXPERIENCE program requires:

- No previous driving experience is required, but a valid driver's license is required and you must be 21 years or older.

 

 

 

 

Regardless of the program level, you’ll have the opportunity to drive several cars in the current Mercedes-AMG line-up including:

  • AMG GT S
  • AMG SL63 
  • AMG CLS63 S-MODEL 4MATIC
  • AMG E63
  • AMG C63 S
  • AMG CLA45

Note: The AMG Driving Academy fleet may vary slightly at actual time of event.

Depending on what program you are attending, it runs from approximately 8 am to approximately 5:30 pm. 

The program runs from 8 am to approximately 5:30 pm each day with roughly 15% of your time spent in classroom sessions.  The remaining 85% of the day is spent on the track. 

Yes, a catered group breakfast and lunch will be served during the event.

No, Mercedes-Benz will provide a fleet of AMG vehicles for you to drive.

All AMG Driving Academy programs are taught by a group of professional instructors that are past champions or current race winners.  The instructors cover a broad spectrum of motorsport backgrounds from open wheel, sports car and sedan racing in North America and Europe, in addition to offering many years of experience instructing both novice and advanced drivers.

While the ADVANCED program incorporates a brief review of fundamental techniques for the purpose of teaching new, more advanced strategies, it does not involve the same level of instruction as BASIC.

PRO incorporates a brief review of fundamental techniques to lay the foundation of teaching new more advanced strategies.

Yes, however you must complete AMG Driving Academy in the following order:  BASIC, ADVANCED, and PRO.

Yes, the ADVANCED and PRO program offer an evening welcome reception and dinner with costs being included in the program. The BASIC program does not have an evening function.

We strongly encourage you to not bring a non-driving guest.  The reason is there is very little to occupy them while you are on the track. However, it is possible to register one non-driving guest per paid registration. They must be 21 years of age or older (proof of age is required at time of registration) and sign a waiver upon arrival.  

Please note that the guest will not be able to ride in a vehicle with you. The cost for a guest at BASIC/DRIFT is $250, ADVANCED/PRO is $500 and PRO+ is $750. The cost for the ADVANCED and PROguest includes attendance at the evening function.

No, only one paying guest per paid registration is permitted.

If an event date is sold out you will be placed on a wait list and will be notified if/when a spot becomes available. 

All programs run rain or shine.

Be sure to have with you: 

  • Your confirmation email or printed thank you page from the website
  • Your valid driver’s license
  • Dress in cool, comfortable clothing with long pants/khakis or jeans; shorts are not permitted.
  • Footwear should be flat, thin-soled shoes such as driving shoes or sneakers; sandals, open-toe shoes, or extreme high heels are not permitted.
  • It’s a good idea to bring a hat or ballcap as well as a windbreaker or fleece jacket to anticipate any weather changes during the day. 

No, unfortunately accessories and Mercedes-AMG merchandise are not available for purchase at the event. However, you may purchase the hottest new AMG accessories now at accessories.mbusa.com.

Please email us ahead of time at info@amgacademy.com with your request and we’ll try our best to accommodate. 

Yes, you are allowed to take photos and video while at AMG Driving Academy. Please note the use of personal dash or windshield mounted cameras (such as GoPro cameras) are prohibited for safety precautions.

Be sure to get a good night rest, since the day starts early and is packed full of activities.  You may also want to limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages the night before your event.

English Language Policy: As a participant in the AMG Driving Academy, it is absolutely critical to speak and understand English fluently. In order to ensure your safety and the safety of others enrolled in this program, we ask that English language skills be a requirement to attend any level of training with the AMG Driving Academy.  Please email our concierge should you have any questions:  info@amgacademy.com.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR NON- AMG PURCHASE REWARDS PARTICIPANT

In the past, participants have cancelled last minute or were "no shows," limiting the opportunity for those on our waiting lists. In order to be fair to all of our customers, we strictly enforce this policy.

AMG Driving Academy will provide a confirmation e-mail at time registration which serves as notification that you are scheduled for an upcoming event. Any additional correspondence is a courtesy and does not serve as a confirmation or reminder of your upcoming event.

In the event that you cannot attend your registered event, you can contact us via e-mail at info@amgacademy.com to cancel. We must receive your cancellation in writing. Notification of your cancellation received up to 30 days prior to the event date will receive a full refund for Basic, Advanced and Pro courses. There are no refunds issued for cancellations received within 30 days of your registered event.

PRO+ cancellations must be received 60 days prior to your registered event for a full refund, otherwise no refunds will be issued within 60 days of your registered course.
Drift Experience is non-refundable.

You are welcome to re-register for a future event. If your desired date is full, then you may join a wait list, however there are no guarantees that you will be confirmed.

THIS POLICY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED AND THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS! 

AMG PURCHASE REWARD CANCELLATION POLICY 

Due to the increasingly high demand to attend this program, MBUSA requires a $250 credit card hold for all AMG Purchase Reward customers to confirm a seat. After you attend your event, this hold will be removed.

In the event that you cannot attend your registered event, you can contact us via e-mail at info@amgacademy.com to cancel. All cancellations must be in writing. Any cancellation received prior to 30 days of your scheduled event will receive a full refund. Cancellations received within 30 days of your registered course date are non-refundable. If you are using AMG Purchase Rewards towards a Basic course and cancel within 30 days, a $250 cancellation fee will be charged.

You are welcome to re-register for a future event. If your desired date is full, then you may join a wait list, however there are no guarantees that you will be confirmed. In addition, AMG Purchase Rewards credits cannot be extended.

THIS POLICY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED AND THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS! 

AMG Driving Academy supersedes AMG Challenge and is a true performance driving school designed to improve your individual driving ability and knowledge at a high level.
Trained by professional racers and instructors, through demonstrations and behind the wheel repetition, attendees will experience and learn the principles of vehicle dynamics, car control and high performance driving techniques on the track to develop skills to the next level. 

Attendees will learn various driving techniques including vehicle weight transfer, throttle management, the limits of adhesion, threshold breaking, as well as driving line theory and practice to maximize the on track performance.

AMG Driving Academy takes participants through a graduated approach beginning with vehicle dynamics and car control combined with various on-track segment training, and progressively building skills to high speed lapping on some of the best tracks in the US.

The PRO+ course is designed for the next level of experienced Pro level drivers.  You receive extended track time, smaller groups, more individual instruction and single occupation in vehicles.

Participants must have successfully completed an ADVANCED or PRO AMG Driving Academy course within the last 18 months and all PRO+ registrants will be evaluated prior to acceptance into PRO+. 

Yes!

Participants must have successfully completed an ADVANCED or PRO AMG Driving Academy course within the last 18 months and all PRO+ registrants will be evaluated prior to acceptance into PRO+. 

The PRO course is designed for those individuals looking to progress from ADVANCED.  The 2 day curriculum offers the same modules as the previous version 2 ½  day PRO course, but with a concentrated schedule.

Instructions will be provided after the successful completion of PRO+

No previous drive experience is required, but a valid drivers license is required and you must be 21 years or older.

We require that you attend our Advanced course prior to any PRO or PRO+ course at AMG Driving Academy.  However, if you have previous performance driving experience with an accredited school,  you can request permission to attend an ADVANCED course.  Previous certifications may be requested for consideration to admit you to an ADVANCED course.

Note: PRO+ participants must have successfully completed an ADVANCED or PRO AMG Driving Academy course within the last 18 months and all PRO+ registrants will be evaluated prior to acceptance into PRO+.