OREANDA-NEWS. The AMG Driving Academy is expanding the range of its events: from now on, driver training courses will also take place in the United Arab Emirates as well as in Poland.

Events are now held in nine countries around the world; all of them held on famous and even legendary race tracks. New to the programme: AMG Winter Sporting BASIC. This new driver training course in Austria allows participants to enjoy some very special experiences. The vehicles used are the brand-new A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG models. The AMG Driving Academy continues to grow from strength to strength: the team of top-level instructors, all of them with motor racing experience, now includes Cyndie Allemann, Lance David Arnold, Jan Seyffarth and Maximilian Gotz.

The AMG Winter Sporting BASIC programme, held on the Austrian Lungauring near Salzburg, is ideally suited to the A 45 AMG (Fuel consumption, combined cycle: 7,1 - 6,9 l/100km, CO2 emissions, combined: 165-161 g/km, energy efficiency class: D) and CLA 45 AMG (Fuel consumption, combined cycle: 7,1 - 6,9 l/100km, CO2 emissions, combined: 165-161 g/km, energy efficiency class: C). Against the backdrop of a breathtaking winter landscape, AMG customers and fans of the brand can experience the proverbial Driving Performance of both high-performance cars on specially prepared ice and snowy surfaces.

The technical prerequisites are perfect: the new AMG models both feature an AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with an output of 265 kW (360 hp) and 450 newton metres of torque, along with the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. Also available for use at the AMG Winter Sporting BASIC is the C 63 AMG Coup? with high-revving V8 engine and rear-wheel drive, offering 358 kW (487 hp).

Alongside the special driving experience provided by AMG Winter Sporting BASIC, the focus of this programme is, above all, on safety: Participants are able to work individually on developing their vehicle control skills and to improve further their driving safety. The new introductory-level BASIC winter driving training programme takes place over one and a half days, with dates from February 2014, and costs 1590 euros (incl. VAT). It is an ideal complement to the AMG Winter Sporting event in Swedish Lapland that has already proved immensely popular over the years. This course is designed specifically for experienced drivers and is provided at skills levels ADVANCED and PRO.