No matter how much time you spend on track in a street car, you won’t be properly prepared to drive a real race car. It doesn’t matter how many laps you log on a sim rig, or how many onboard videos you watch on YouTube. Nothing can match the real thing. Falling into that ultra-low bucket seat for the first time, surrounded by a tight metal roll cage and presented with a steering wheel you’ve only seen on TV; even before you turn the car on it becomes overwhelming.
Still, as an enthusiast it’s only natural you’d want to, maybe someday, drive a real race car on a real race track. If you’re reading this it’s likely a childhood dream for you—I know it was for me. BMW’s one-day M4 GT4 Experience program is able to make that a reality for relatively little money. The best part is, it makes driving a race car way less intimidating than you think.
That’s all thanks to how the program approaches the day. Attendees start in a classroom session to learn proper technique, going over things like driving line, braking zones, and corner exit. After that, you suit up in fire suits and helmets before taking to the track. Importantly, your first time driving isn’t behind the wheel of an M4 GT4. Rather, you’re tossed the keys to an M3 or M4 street car and led around the track in lead-follow sessions. This way, when you do eventually get behind the wheel of the GT4 car, you don’t have to worry about learning the circuit—you’ll have already memorized the turns, apexes, and big braking zones. You can focus entirely on driving the car.
For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.