Mercedes AMG Driving Academy: Laguna Seca- 11.22.09
I’m jealous. Above is a pic of what my dad just told me is the “US-Spec AMG SLS for us to play with on the drag strip, slalom course and time trials.” So, while i was traveling, my dad (i blame my jetsetting inclination on him) took off to the Laguna Seca Raceway up in Monterey for the Mercedes AMG Driving Academy. He got to drive the brand new AMG SLS and was lucky to be one of the first to experience the new AMG Driving Academy launched in the USA. 16 cars were specially flown in from Germany to accompany the 20 full time cars availble for the course. Luminary driver/instructors included: Tommy Kendall (USA), Bernd Maylander (F1 pace car driver) and Susie Stoddart (Mercedes DTM team driver from Europe). Basically i came home to emails of his incredible adventure… from giddy stories about how mindblowing the drives were (teasing me how much fun i would have had going 160 around the track in one of those beauties) to tales of the chef grilling alongside the track for lunch to inside looks at the stunning carbon fiber drive shaft to the amazing friends he made on the trip and stories he heard… bottom line? The course was totally worth it, and he’d do it again in a heartbeat… in fact, there are 5 levels of courses happening around the US as well as Europe… i think he’s caught the bug, since he’s already dreaming about Sweden. I think i might have to try and convince him to take me along next time! But for now… i’ve convinced him to let me share his pictures with us ~ take a peek on the next page to see the experience!
There is also the amazing carbon fiber wrapped car that looked amazing ~ pics to come of that one soon!
Reception at the patio fire pits at the Intercontinental Hotel on the waterfront at Monterey:
German/Euro-Spec AMG SLS we drove on the Laguna Seca Race Track itself.
Gold colored calipers of the Ceramic brakes.
Here are the German/Euro Spec SLSs on the racetrack:
Lunch being served by the racetrack.
All aluminum body of the SLS
Gearbox positioned at the rear of the car to attain almost perfect weight distribution.
Carbon-fiber drive shaft - first in a production car.
Big V 8 engine positioned behind the front axle - again, better weight distribution.
Lunch break for both cars and drivers.
Everyone received an AMG balaclava to be worn under AMG helmet.
Red US-Spec SLS on display at the Intercontinental Hotel: