Following on <A HREF="http://my.is/forums/f43/red-white-blue-lexus-f-invades-america-339065/">the Lexus IS F Performance Experience at Laguna Seca in California on 15 August 2007</A> and its later visit to <A HREF="http://my.is/forums/f43/lexus-f-performance-experience-comes-floridas-moroso-motorsports-park-348900/">Florida's Moroso Motorsports Park on 19 January 2008,</A> Lexus has kicked it up to the next level and launched the Lexus Performance Driving Academy, highlighting the IS F performance sedan.
Lexus invites you to take the exceptional dynamic handling, power and performance of a Lexus -- and push it to the limit at a track near you. Enjoy a mix of acceleration and adrenaline as you master the art of high-performance competitive driving and sample a range of extraordinary Lexus performance sedans -- from the IS 350 to the blazing fast IS F. No traffic lights. No speed limits. No compromises.
This exciting driving event will visit the following locales:
3795 South Patterson Road
Friday 9 May thru Sunday 11 May 2008
Los Angeles, California
Auto Club Speedway
(formerly known as California Speedway)
9300 Cherry Avenue
Friday 30 May thru Sunday 1 June 2008
Summit Point, West Virginia
Summit Point Motorsports Park
2026 Summit Point Road
Summit Point, West Virginia
Friday 27 June thru Sunday 29 June 2008
Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 N Highway 41
Friday 11 July thru Sunday 13 July 2008
For the first time, Lexus will offer the option of two distinct driving experiences:
TWO-HOUR PERFORMANCE SESSION is a fast-paced combination of professional group instruction with an unforgettable, on-track driving experience behind the wheel of Lexus performance sedans. Your session begins with hands-on instruction by three professional instructors in the fundamentals of high performance vehicle handling, before you go on to drive a Lexus IS 250, IS 350, GS 460 and GS 450h through a succession of pulse-pounding laps. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the sheer power and superb handling capabilities of the amazing Lexus IS F. And finally, you’ll experience a thrilling hot lap in the IS F and will discover its capabilities with a pro driver behind the wheel. The Two-Hour Performance Session is held on Saturdays and Sundays and is Free of charge.
1/2 DAY ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE is the ultimate full-throttle experience: a comprehensive, half-day session, focused on advanced competitive driving skills behind the wheel of the incredible Lexus IS F. Activities include:
Chalk Talk: Learn grip dynamics, contact patch, line theory, the 100% rule -- and more.
Relay Rally Race: Compete in an exhilarating exercise where teams have one goal: to clock the best team time around the track.
Timed Autocross: Shave time off every lap with personalized coaching and technique instruction from pro race drivers.
Lead/Follow: Feel the power of the custom Brembo brakes, throttle blips on the downshift, and the face flattening acceleration of the 5.0-liter V8 in an on-track lead-follow exercise.
And for the truly fearless, each ULTIMATE session offers you the chance to accompany professional race drivers as they take the Lexus IS F to the limit in a series of blazing fast hot laps.
And you won't leave empty-handed, either, for each ULTIMATE session includes a Premium gift bag and an Exclusive award ceremony. The 1/2 Day Ultimate Performance Experience is held on Fridays, at either 7:30 AM or 11:30 AM and costs $295 to attend.
Just as the Lexus IS F's US$56,000 MSRP is a bargain, given its equipment levels and absence of a gas guzzler tax versus its Audi RS4, BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG archrivals (a topic we'll elaborate on in a future my.IS and LexusF.com Front Page story), that $295 registration fee compares quite favorably to the $595 Audi charges for its Driving Experience 1/2 Day Enthusiast Program, let alone the $1295 cost of the BMW M School or Mercedes AMG Challenge.
To register for your choice of Performance Experience (all drivers must be at least 21 years of age and present a valid U.S. drivers license), visit <A HREF="http://www.tasteoflexus.com/performance/">the Taste of Lexus Performance Driving Academy website.</A> To register, make sure to enter the Invitation Number issued especially for LexusF.com members: LP41859209. This code is only valid for the first 50 guests to register.