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AMG Driving Academy Includes Two New Cars!

April 23, 2010
by NCG

Mercedes-Benz today debuted the availability of two new AMG cars in its Driving Academy exclusive to AMG cars. The E63 and the SLS Gullwing will be included in the Academy’s driving events, and particularly in the PRO, the PRO SLS AMG and the Masters Sports Trophy training , the SLS can also be used as a hire car.

Ace drivers Bernd Schneider, who won in the ITC, the DTM and the FIA-GT, and Bernd Maylander of the Official F1 Safety Car, will serve as instructors in the Academy. Emotion, Basic, Advanced, Pro and Master skill level students will learn how to safely drive the AMG cars while pushing these to the limits of their design and construction.

Tracks used in these sessions include such vaunted race tracks as the daunting Nurburgring North Loop and Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps which is part of the Grand Prix series. Participants can also expect to drive in the AMG Winter Sproting in Arjeplog, Sweden where the cars will be specially fitted with tire spikes for better grip on the all-ice roads. For its American audience, the AMG Driving Academy will race its students across the west coast’s Laguna Seca Raceway.

Participants are expected to pay at least $383 for inclusion into the AMG Driving Academy.

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The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic is a real ‘blast from the past’ with vintage flair, modern styling and engineering. It combines the original Dodge Challenger R/T styling with a new 375hp 5.7 liter HEMI V8 engine, Tremec 6-speed manual transmission, ZF-Sach’s twin disc performance clutch, rack & pinion steering with a performance gear, sport-tuned, fully independent suspension, dual exhaust, while riding on 20X8in. high-performance tires and alloy wheels. Inside is a modern, comfortable cabin with vintage accents. Dodge has taken the all-new Challenger to new heights of styling and performance.

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2009DodgeChallengerRTEngineTwo01smallThe high-output HEMI V8 engine is really hooked up

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