About 20 years ago there really wasn't such a thing as a performance driving school.
I mean, sure, there was Skip Barber, which has long been considered one of the primo driving schools to go to. But if you were looking to get behind the wheel of one of your favorite brand's products and absolutely go hog wild, there wasn't anything for you.
Thankfully, over the years automakers building vehicles with sporting intentions decided to provide its customers and potential buyers in a new position. Behind the wheel and at the track.
Considering the significant advancements over the years, in addition to the reality a lot of high-performance autos can't be taken even close to their limit, having company-sponsored programs makes a whole lot of sense. It gets to display the full potential of its product, it can charge a fee and the newbie drivers have a blast while educating themselves.
Although I don't have any hard data to support this, I'd wager that most drivers that go in actually come out safer drivers when they leave the track.
In this relatively brief clip, check out this clip from Jaguar's Performance Driving Academy that hosted an event at the Circuit of the Americas.
Though we can't be sure if this was a promotional event or a lead-gen effort put forth by its dealers, we have to admit it's pretty cool Jaguar snagged a couple celebrities to attend. You may remember Mena Suvari from American Beauty — though it may be a bit difficult as she's sporting MASSIVE sunglasses — and Sebastian Stan from the Captain America franchise — he's Bucky Barnes.
Mena Suvari and Sebastian Stan join our ?Jaguar Performance Academy participants as they test out the power of the all-new F-TYPE ?R? Coupe on the Circuit of the Americas track with professional race car driver Ben Collins (The Stig)?.? Hear how they felt about their time behind the wheel and see the ?car? in action.