When long time Bondurant Racing School was officially renamed Radford Racing School earlier this year, it was unclear how much longer the facility would continue as the Official High-performance Driving School of Dodge SRT. Well, turns out the relationship is going to last a while longer following the announcement that Dodge and Radford have signed a new multi-year agreement to keep the SRT Experience Class in place for the foreseeable future. But it gets better than just that. Especially if you’re a Dodge SRT Hellcat customer.
The extended agreement includes a fleet of more than 85 Dodge//SRT vehicles at the school, including the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. Other fun vehicles not mentioned in the press release include a couple SRT Dodge Demons, a few Challenger Redeye Widebody muscle cars, at least one Viper ACR, and a handful of Ligier JS Formula 4 cars.
Admission to the 1-day SRT Experience Class at Radford Racing School is included in the purchase price of any Dodge SRT Hellcat product, provided you submit your qualifying VIN within the first 12 months of taking delivery. At the moment, that leaves you with just the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Challenger SRT Hellcat, and (barely) the Durango SRT Hellcat.
The SRT Experience Class includes basic car control skills and theory, emergency accident avoidance, slalom racing, autocross sessions, lead-follow lapping, and then finally hot-lap instruction with one of Radford’s pro coaches riding shotgun. We think this should be basic driver’s ed, but we’re at least happy that people with 700-plus horsepower Dodge SRT Hellcat muscle cars get this chance.
“Dodge is in our DNA,” said Mike Kessler, Radford Racing School’s general manager. “There’s simply no better way to describe our relationship. Dodge is an icon of American performance with their line of SRT Hellcat vehicles, and we couldn’t be more honored to showcase the capabilities of these cars every day on our track.”
It’s been a turbulent few years following Bondurant’s bankruptcy and subsequent sale back in 2019. The new ownership group vowed to return the prestigeous facility back to it’s former glory. But it wasn’t until March of this year when it was announced that Bob Bondurant’s eponymous company. would be renamed after bespoke coach builder Radford, now backed by ex-Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button. The last person we’d expect to run a Dodge SRT Hellcat driving school, but great nonetheless.
Even though the name changed, the facility at Radford remains the place to go if you’re trying to learn how to race cars.