As unfortunate as it may be, most of us won’t be the next Dan Gurney or Bruce McLaren out on track. That being said, that doesn’t mean that we can’t go out and hone our on-track skills to a respectable level. One of the best ways to do this is to attend a driving school, like the ones available at Area 27 Motorsports Park. For fans of muscle cars, the school offers a 2.5 day long course focused around the Chevrolet Camaro. For the first time however, the company is now offering up learning sessions in the ultimate track-day Chevrolet: the Camaro ZL1 1LE.
For those who are unfamiliar with Area 27 Motorsports Park, let us get you up to speed on this gorgeous circuit. Located just five miles outside of Oliver, British Columbia, this Canadian playground of speed is just 20 minutes away from the Washington border. As such, much of the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest is on full display at the racetrack. The beauty isn’t limited to the surroundings either, as the facilities at the track are also modern and well-designed. But perhaps the best part about Area 27 is the track itself, which was inspired by the classic grand prix circuits of yore. Famous sections like Eau Rouge, 130R, Ste. Devote and Parabolica all helped 1997 F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve design the circuit back in 2017. This is where students will develop skills such as trail braking technique, optimizing brake pressure for corner entry, finding apex speed, position, and steering angles in search of faster lap times.
Area 27 remains the only motorsports park to offer a driving school that exclusively utilizes the Chevrolet Camaro 1LE models, ranging from the turbo 4-cylinder, V6, SS, models and now the mighty ZL1. Not a bad lineup when you consider that the Camaro Driving Academy has only been around for two years now. Along with the addition of the 650 horsepower track-focused muscle car, Area 27 is also now offering a single day advanced lapping session that utilizes Chevrolets Performance Data Recorder to help develop areas in which students need improvement.
Like any driving school, the price for some time at Area 27 Motorsports Park doesn’t come cheap. Opt for the full 2.5 day Camaro Driving Academy session, and you’ll pay between $3,395.00 to $4,195.00 Canadian depending on your choice of ride. Pricing is not yet available for either Camaro ZL1 1LE experience, but it might just be worth it for the views alone. Visit Area 27 Motorsport Park’s website for booking information.