Thanks to the large site in Maisach, it was no problem to design a 1.8-kilometre circuit, on which participants, particularly those on the safety courses, can practice accelerating, braking and cornering.
With a width of 10 to 15 metres, the 1.8-kilometre circuit corresponds to between three and five lanes of a motorway and thus allows evasive manoeuvres at higher speeds of up to 100 km/h. This gives them an opportunity to gain mastery of vehicles under realistic conditions.
Fast lane changes and slaloming take place on the ample slalom course inside the circuit. What are the forces involved in the interplay between speed and steering action? How much concentration is required to master the slalom course? On this circuit, training participants will discover the answers.Play video
This is one slippery area. The four 40 to 70-metre irrigated sections are perfectly suited to demonstrating the mistakes made when driving on a wet surface, and to giving participants a feeling of just how much a slippery surface influences handling. Braking, steering, swerving: all of this can be practiced in this area.
At speeds of up to 60 km/h on two of the four areas, and up to 100 km/h on the remaining two, the experiences are very similar to those encountered in genuine everyday traffic. This helps participants to identify, overcome or avoid completely any critical situations in the future.Play video
The dynamic area consists of three irrigated circuits with a diameter of 42 metres. This stretch of track allows certain aspects of vehicle control to be taught. An irrigation system on the circular areas allows us to simulate the change in handling which takes place on a wet surface. Understeer, oversteer and drifts are challenges that demand the utmost concentration from drivers. As it is not possible to practice this kind of critical situation in everyday traffic, the experience of knowing how a car behaves in extreme situations plays a major role in a driver’s confidence and his ability to cope with such circumstances.
As well as the safety aspect, there is no shortage of fun on the drifting courses in the new BMW M4 Coupé. On the contrary: anyone who has managed to pull off a controlled drift for a complete lap of an irrigated circle is guaranteed to climb out of his car with a broad grin on his face. Even experienced and sporty drivers can learn a thing or two here.Play video
Our all-road day tour is the perfect choice for anyone who has ever wanted to drive a BMW X5 away from tarmacked roads, and to experience the freedom of off-road driving. Before they head off-road, however, the participants face their first test on the premises of the Driving Academy in Maisach – the X5 course. The skills course presents the BMW X5 and its drivers with the typical challenges they will face when they go off-road later, but in a controlled environment. This includes a steep climb and decent at a gradient of 67 per cent. This four-wheel drive test demands sensitive use of the accelerator pedal. The so-called articulation is the supreme discipline for any off-road car. It simulates a river crossing and demonstrates the jounce travel and chassis of the BMW X5. The seesaw and lean of up to 43 per cent are guaranteed to give participants goosebumps, and give their skills a final brush-up before they head on their off-road excursion.Play video
LEARNING BEFORE DOING:
THE SEMINAR ROOMS.
Located between the reception building and the BMW Hall are five seminar rooms. And as you would expect from the Driving Academy, all the rooms are equipped with the very latest technology. Between 27 m² and 78 m² in size, the seminar rooms boast everything you need for between 20 and 60 people. The rooms are used for theory aspects of our training courses, but are also ideally suited to company workshops with a subsequent driving experience. All the seminar rooms are equipped with either a 70-inch LCD touchscreen or a projector.