Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

After Russ Lansky bought his 2016 Dodge Hellcat he found out that each owner was offered one day of schooling to the Bondurant Racing School of High Performance Driving, a $1,600.00 dollar a day value. Dodge is the official vehicle manufacturer and has partnered with the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Russ fly’s all over the United States for his every day work job so he had more than enough frequent flyer miles to fly out to Arizona and back for free, and so he did. 

The Dodge brand is America’s mainstream performance brand and the official vehicle partner manufacturer for the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. The school utilizes the Charger, Challenger, and Dodge flagship vehicle, the Dodge Viper. The best tires in the world have Goodyear written all over them and that’s why Goodyear partnered with the Bondurant School using Goodyear Eagle F-1 radials exclusively on all Bondurant vehicles. Their high performance street tires offer a wide, low-profile stance, contributing to the exceptional handling characteristics of all the Bondurant vehicles. One of the next cars Russ got behind the wheel of was the Challenger SRT 392 High Performance Dodge.

The High Performance Driving course combines advanced street-driving skills with car-control techniques refined through years on the racetrack. Behind the wheel of a 485-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT 392, students covered autocross, slalom, and accident avoidance, first with the instructor then personally along with plenty of track time on the 1.6 mile Bondurant Road Course. Russ actually got behind a Challenger Hellcat but got to drive it with a lot more gusto than his own back home. There is no other production car that can match the hard-core power of the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat propelled by the Supercharged 6.2-liter SRT Hellcat HEMI® V8., with 707 horsepower, 650 lb-ft of torque, that produces pure adrenaline. They have four race tracks available here at the Bondurant School. They have their own purpose-built road course, and access to 3 of Firebird Raceway’s tracks. This provides them with the space to accommodate all types of training from highway survival training to advanced road racing and executive protection.

The Bondurant Skill Pads with eight acres of asphalt has a million possibilities. This pad is used for high performance driver training and includes a Throttle Steer Circle, Handling Oval, Accident Avoidance Simulator, Slalom Course, Autocross, and Skid Pad. The pad can be reconfigured (using cones or barriers) to set up karting tracks, a drifting area, or several kinds of skill or slalom events. He found that the Dodge Viper stuck to the road courses much like his Corvette at home.  He could push the Viper much harder in the turns than the other cars before losing traction.  The skid car they had set up was one of the really fun cars for Russ to drive.  With 4 small tires attached to the under body opposite the 4 drive tires and with the controls mounted next to the drivers seat they could raise the drive tires off the ground to loose traction at much lower speeds than the other race cars.   Loosing traction at much lower speeds made it easier for the driving instructor to give Russ instructions on how to drive out of these skid scenarios safely.  All in all Russ had a great day at the Bondurant Racing School.

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