Have any of you taken any of the Audi driving experience programs
at Infineon? I was thinking of either the 1/2 day introductory S-
program or the 1 day S-Model program. I haven't been to an event like
this before. Do you feel the cost is justified?
Last year I went to Pocono Raceway in PA and did the Audi R8
experience, full day. Got plenty of seat time in the R8, RS4, and the
TT was used for a gymkhana (solo) course. We also drove an A4, A6,
and A8. I went hoping to also drive the S5, but they were hesitant to
let go of the two they had. We got to go on the track with the R8,
thru turn 1 and then into the infield course and back onto the track.
I chose to drive the tiptronic R8 with the paddles (like my RS6), and
I was much faster than the manual car behind me. We reached speeds of
about 130, and did about 10 laps, all this old man could take. d;o)
You're lucky to be o the west coast and the Infineon Raceway. Great
track. I'd say, DO IT. I may do Infineon next year.
Forgot to add: I also did the Audi program at Road Atlanta a few
years ago, and Audi's Hands On program back in 1987. Audi puts
together a good program with very professional drivers/personel. They
are a class act.
Thanks for the response. I'm trying to decide between the 1/2
day introductory course and the full day. Would a 1/2 day be
too little? Apparently they are the same program with more
track time for the 1-day. I don't want to leave with a feeling of
"it got over too quickly" or get completely worn out either...I'm
worried about the latter since I've never done one of these before
so I don't want my head spinning from driving super fast all day
long. What would you suggest for a first-timer?
I doubt you will get "completely worn out" on any program they offer.
You will be running on adrenaline most of the day, regardless the
program. I am 72 and not in good health, and had no problems with the
R8 program. I took a Bob Bondurant three day course a couple of years
ago and that was "intense" with a full track race (no instructors in
the car) on the last day. I was a happy tired old man every night.
Just a quick followup...I attended the 1/2-day
introductory S program. It was fun, and I think it was
the right thing given that I had never been to a track
before. I found that it took a lot of concentration for
me to follow the correct course on the track and I was
already at my limits by the end of the 1/2 day (too
much to learn in one sitting).
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