2009 Lamborghini Academy Announced
By Kevin Miller
Providing a break from all of the doom-and-gloom type automotive news this week, Lamborghini today announced details about their 2009 Lamborghini Academy, an on-track driving school which allows drivers to experience the full potential of Lamborghini vehicles. Lamborghini Academy courses are open to all driving enthusiasts as well as Lamborghini owners, and allows attendees to receive training from the supercar manufacturer’s professional instructors. The training consists of two tiers of classes.
Track Academy is the name of the introductory course, which is required for advancement into the Lamborghini Academy. Held at various European race tracks from Spring 2009 onwards, participants’ driving skills are improved as they drive with a professional instructor in the passenger seat while exploring the full potential of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4.
The Advanced Academy is the top level course, and concentrates on optimum control and performance on the race track, fully supported by a professional in-vehicle telemetry system. Driving is undertaken in the Gallardo LP 560-4 and the Murciélago LP 640: the fastest and most extreme super sports car in its class.
All classes include technical and safety briefings, followed by handling and performance exercises, with instruction on how to get the most from driving on a race track. Participants will have the opportunity to improve their handling and feel of the permanent all-wheel drive system in Lamborghini’s vehicles;, learn to manage understeer and oversteer; practice maneuvers with and without ABS and ESP; master controlled drifting and, of course, find the ideal racing line on track.
Afterward, each participant will receive a CD containing his (or her) own in-car-video with footage of the whole driving day as well as a photo CD of all the action of the day on the race track. Lamborghini Academy courses start from 3,900.00 euro, including accommodation, cars at the race track and all driving instruction, but excluding travel. More information is available at your local Lamborghini dealership, or at www.lamborghiniacademy.com.
The current schedule shows events at various racetracks in Italy throughout this spring, summer and autumn. Sadly, if this is the first you’ve heard of Lamborghini Academy, you’ve already missed out on the Winter Academy which occurred last month in the Italian mountains. Personally, I’m hoping that Lamborghini will choose me as one of a select few journalists to participate in (and cover) the Academy- on their nickel.
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