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Mitsubishi Launches Evo Experience II Add-On At Infineon

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On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 11:24AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Mitsubishi Launches Evo Experience II Add-On At Infineon

Mitsubishi Motors America has announced the literal next level in tire-torturing with the “Lancer Evolution Experience II,” the newly-available follow-up to the carmaker’s original Evo-driving course through the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

[OK, they call it “Infineon Raceway” now, but it will always be Sears Point to me.]

Anyhoo, this offers Evo geeks—and the general public—the chance to REALLY scare the wee out of themselves behind the wheel of a specially-prepared Evolution X in an additional intensive day of instruction.

But before you go and assume that this is the typical “follow-the-leader” or “we’re lapping for fun, so no stopwatches here” driving school, I have two words for you: “Time Attack.”

I’ve been to just about every kind of driving school there is, and they all fall into two basic categories: “advance the vehicle” and “advance the driver.”

With the latter, it’s usually designed to be a rung on the ladder that leads to aspiring race drivers being able to ditch “aspiring” in short order in the style of vehicle—open-wheel, for instance—used by the series in which they aspire to race, brands-be-damned.

Usually when a car company’s name appears prominently—as an integral part of the course’s name, for instance—the focus is on showing people what the car can do while showing the student that they could do it as well.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’ve seen a few instances when the “school” turns out to be a live-action infomercial with any actual driving being incidental.

So unless you’re looking to be the next Michael Schumacher—the FERRARI Schu, naturally—the program that you’re looking for will be a combination of the two (i.e. a skill-building school that uses the cars you’re most interested in).

Feel like learning to drive the snot out of an all-wheel drive Evo on a racetrack? Do you have $995 to invest in the endeavor? Will you please refer to it as “Sears Point” every chance you get? If you answered “Yes” to at least the second one, then the Evo Experience is the school for you.

Do you want to be the king (or queen) of all you survey, able to drive an Evo in anger as though every trip you make is a tarmac stage that will win you the World Rally Championship? Have an extra day and an additional $1,295? Then—God help those poor Lancers—Experience II is ALSO for you.

Visit http://www.jimrussellusa.com/programs/driving-schools for more on both Experiences, including registration information. Classes are held on various weekdays, once per month.

Oh, and if you actually OWN an Evo X, stay away. FAR away. Your wallet—and your non-terrorized friends and families—will thank you.


"Mitsubishi Motors and the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School Unleash the Next-Generation Lancer Evolution Experience II at Infineon Raceway

CYPRESS, Calif., July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) and the legendary Jim Russell Racing Drivers School have launched an exciting high-performance driving program that will allow drivers to take their skill set to a whole new level with the advanced Lancer Evolution Experience II at the challenging Infineon Raceway in beautiful Sonoma, California.

Building on the outstanding curriculum and driving instruction offered in the popular Lancer Evolution Experience I, the new program has drivers tackling even more track time in the magnificent Mitsubishi Evolution X than in the original – and places special emphasis on timed competition from behind the wheel of Mitsubishi's iconic performance machine featuring race-ready equipment including a fully-integrated roll cage, Sparco racing seat and safety harness.

Students begin the Lancer Evolution Experience II by revisiting such critical high-performance driving criteria as line theory and driving dynamics in the classroom before heading out to the paddock to perform several key driving exercises (several of these exercises are timed), with Jim Russell's world-class driving instructors offering outstanding coaching every step of the way.

After a brief track orientation back in the classroom, the rest of the Lancer Evolution Experience II program consists of driving out on the track, with the instructors continually honing their student's driving techniques. The program culminates with a specially-designed "Time Attack" course on the Infineon Raceway that has an instructor belted in alongside the driver during the practice sessions to provide critical driving tips and feedback.

Then it's time for the grand finale – each student takes to the "Time Attack" track to put their newly acquired driving skills to the test against their fellow students in a race against the clock. The fastest driver from each school session will be invited back to compete in the Lancer Evolution Challenge Run Off – with the winner of this competition scoring free use of a Mitsubishi vehicle for a whole year.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has long been a favored race car of choice in the "Time Attack" time trial racing series that originated in Japan and has found enthusiastic support in the United States in the form of the Redline Pro Time Attack and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) Time Trial series.

The daylong Lancer Evolution Experience II program costs $1,295 and is open to any graduate of the Lancer Evolution Experience I. For more information about this and other Mitsubishi Evolution high-performance driving courses offered at the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, log on to jimrussellusa.com."

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RoadKill | 11:26AM (Fri, Jul 8, 2011)

That looks like entirely too much fun!


dwalter | 9:50AM (Mon, Jul 11, 2011)


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dwalter | 8:54AM (Mon, Jul 11, 2011)

"plus" 1, I mean. haha. looks like so much fun

  • dwalter

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