It is been very much popular of times cruising across the long roads to Las Vegas in USA for droning out the winter chills. But the loads of said automotive crank haven’t filled the automakers (nor even the petrol heads) desires of extreme driving. The Winter Driving Programme offered by various car making organizations has garnered enough of the attraction to entice all of eyebrows during winters. Listed below are the famous driving courses conducted by renowned carmaker of world. And needed to mention, one is not needed to get his/her own car to the circuit. Being specific, most of the courses are conducted near to Arctic Circle, so aspirers ‘from any corner of the world’ are needed to fly there as per the schedule, and would also have to bear temperatures mostly below to ‘zero’.
Audi Ice Experience:
- Location: Muonio, Finland
- Price: €3,990
Audi conducts its ice driving course in Muonio, Finland, dedicated to beginners as well as professionals. Drivers who signs up for these courses get a chance to drive a S5 Sportback on a seven kilometer circuit, which includes a frozen lake on-route. The Audi Ice Experience curriculum boasts techniques to steer, stabilize, and drift on snow. Drifting here means technique of losing traction while remaining in control of the car, and not exactly the one which we perform on tarmacs. Audi too has dedicated a course for professionals called as ‘The Pro Exclusive’. Under this portfolio, experienced drivers are taught to improving their driving styles using sorts of video analysis and evaluation system. Ingolstadt based carmaker covers accommodation, instruction and flights under the course fees, which starts at €3,990. Flights for the Audi Ice Experience are arranged only from certain airports of Germany.
AMG Winter Sporting:
- Location: Arjeplog, Sweden
- Price: €1,590
AMG Winter Sporting is being held by Mercedes-Benz at two locations: Arjeplog in Sweden and Lungauring in Austria. The course is divided into three parts, basic, pro and advanced. Mercedes-Benz AMG Winter Sporting features some of the most treacherous driving condition, and drivers are given AMG vehicles to sweep past those stretches. Pro course is designed for those who can show up their drifting skills up to the level of Race of Champions. Three-pointed star pampers its generous guests for one day-course with AMG Lodge, meals and instruction, charges a mere €1,590 only. And added as a pinnacle, Lungauring in Austria is also one of the testing grounds for many of the carmakers around the world, so a lucky one can also spot a test mule of the upcoming models.
Porsche Driving Experience Winter:
- Location: Lapland, Finland
- Price: €3,990
Porsche runs its winter driving experience in Lapland, Finland. The course for beginners includes change of direction and braking during winter in a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, with winter-rigged tires. A course called ‘Ice-ForceS’ fledged three full days of fun driving any of the models from Porsche 911 Carrera S, 4S and 911 Turbo and GT3 models with tires rugged by 4mm spikes, that too given without the traction control. Porsche calls its aspirers for winter driving experience just at €3,990 inclusive of accommodation, meals, and instruction by Porsche Driving Experience instructors.
Bentley Power on Ice:
- Location: Kuusamo, Finland
- Price: €10,840
Bentley held its winter experience at Kuusamo, Finland, spanned over three days. The driving course is instructed by World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, who also feeds the drivers to complete lap in the fastest pace possible. Drivers get a chance to drive the Bentleys on the ice lake and stay in the most luxury hotels of the venue. Price starts from €10,840 (ranging up to €13,390), with private jets ferrying all the drivers to and fro from Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Bentley’s experience is one of the most costly as well as coziest in the list.
Aston Martin on Ice:
- Location: St. Moritz (Switzerland) & Lapland (Sweden)
- Price: €3,200 (Switzerland) & €5,900 (Sweden)
Aston Martin’s winter session is held at two locations: St. Moritz in Switzerland and Lapland in Sweden. The one at Swiss is for beginners held for two days. Basic driving tips on snow tires are taught to the drivers in the snow clad country; while in Sweden the pilots are given a more of free hand to learn braking, traction control, all with the spiked tires on Aston Martin for three days. The British supercar maker charges €3,200 for Swiss package and €5,900 for the Swede experience.