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What is the BMW Performance Driving School?
The $12.5 million, 64,000 square-foot BMW Performance Driving School is located in Spartanburg County near the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. It is a state-of-the-art conference center; customer delivery center; and service, paint and body facility. It also offers unparalleled Performance Driver training courses as well as an aggressive Other Roads driving course.
What is the Performance Driving Course?
The physical layout of the Performance Driving course has been designed to provide BMW with various course configurations to simulate real-world driving conditions:
The exterior radius is .9 mile in length.
The overall paved area is 1.7 miles, varying in width from 24 to 48 feet.
A 300-foot trowelled concrete skid pad demonstrates BMW systems.
Leading into the skid pad is a unique accident-avoidance area, comprised of five water walls activated by an instructor in the control tower.
The course is comprised of both decreasing and increasing radius turns, elevation changes and straight aways, allowing for multiple course configurations.
Do I have to own a BMW?
You do not have to own a BMW in order to participate in a Performance Driving School course. All the driving schools are conducted in various current model year BMWs.
Who teaches the Performance Driving School courses?
All of our instructors are BMW-certified Driving Instructors. They have been trained at the Professional level in Munich for driver training. They have varied backgrounds that include race car drivers from NASCAR, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
How much seat time versus classroom time is allocated during the Performance Driving School course?
Because the instructors communicate with school participants via two-way radios in the cars, there is more seat time in the vehicle and immediate feedback during exercises. The school is scheduled to include a 10–15 minute talk before each exercise; then there's plenty of time in the seat for actual practice.
Is there a minimum age for driving or riding?
You must have a minimum of a driving permit from your state of residence in order to participate in the Teen School.
You must be at least 18 to participate in M School or Advanced M School.
All other schools require a valid driver's license.
What time should I schedule my departure?
Schools typically end at 4:30 p.m. and the airport is one exit from the Performance Driving School.
What if I need to rent a car while in the area?
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport has all the national rental companies.
What is the dress code?
The dress code for the driving school is casual and comfortable. Foremost, please wear comfortable, completely enclosed shoes for the driving.
Is it possible to bring a guest?
The school is designed for registered participants only. Your guest may lounge at our outdoor patio or enjoy our M café. They will not be permitted on the course.
Are there fax machines, copiers, and computer/modem lines available?
The Performance Driving School has fax machines, copiers and limited telephones for your use. We are also a wireless facility for computer use.
What time should I arrive?
Typically, a Performance Driving School course begins at 8:00 a.m. Times may vary and you should refer to your confirmation letter for specific dates and times of your class.
What hotels are in the area?
There are many hotels in the Greenville-Spartanburg area. A few to consider are:
The Greenville Marriott - located off of Interstate 85, 3 exits from the Performance Center
The Spartanburg Marriott - located in the growing Spartanburg downtown area
The Westin Poinsett - located in the beautiful downtown Greenville area
What if I plan to take the train or arrive by private plane?
Plan to arrive at the Greenville, South Carolina train station. For private aircraft, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is the primary airport and the FBO is Stevens Aviation.
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