On February 19, the green flag will fly on the 2016 season of Lamborghini’s Esperienza and Accademia driving courses. The raging bull will charge out of the gate with experiential events geared for both novice and experienced racing enthusiasts, allowing them to test their mettle on top-tier tracks in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia.
For those just beginning with the marque, the Esperienza program provides an introductory day that kicks off with a gourmet breakfast, followed by lessons in performance and handling while behind the wheel of the Aventador and Huracán. After lunch and espresso, participants take to the track for a full circuit that is guided by professional instructors. Adding authenticity to the afternoon, a concluding awards ceremony will recognize the fastest learners. As a further reward, the classes offered in Imola, Italy, will include a tour of Lamborghini’s factory and museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Accademia, the more competitive course, revs up the action with two types of terrain (track and ice) and two levels of difficulty (intensive and advanced). The daylong drill includes exercises in slalom, acceleration, braking, and oversteering. Those ready to become real racers have the option of taking the Pilota Lamborghini course, which simulates a true competition weekend with practice and qualifying sessions, and a concluding 30-lap guided race in a Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo. When finished with the Pilota, students will be eligible to apply for an application toward an IMSA-FIA race license.
Commencing with the Winter Accademia in Livigno, Italy, the ice-based instruction continues through February, ending with an offering in Aspen, Colo. Accademia track tutorials begin in March and include circuits such as Phillip Island in Australia, Nürburgring in Germany, Valencia in Spain, and Laguna Seca in the United States. And this year, the Pilota Lamborghini practicum will take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from April 7 through 9. (lamborghini.com)