Ultimate Test Drive with BMW

bmwusa-ude-test-drive-1 bmwusa-ude-test-drive-2Not too long ago I was able to partake in an event hosted by BMW. I signed up ahead of time for a free autocross course in a new BMW 2 Series. I wasn’t sure what the event details were or what it would be like but was excited anyway. On the day of, I arrived at the location, parked, and checked in.

bmwusa-ude-test-drive-3 bmwusa-ude-test-drive-4They had a couple of fun setups to demonstrate the capabilities of their cars, one being a skidpad and another a mountain of sorts. The skidpad was essentially a giant piece of plastic covered in water and soap, but fun to slide around on. The driver demonstrated the difference between having traction control on and off. The other setup demonstrated how their SAV’s handle uneven terrain, putting power to the wheels that need it most, and how the SAV can assist the driver in coming down a hill at a safe and steady speed.

bmwusa-ude-test-drive-5For the autocross course, we all sat in the Harmon Kardon theater for a class on driving. We learned about common driving mistakes, how to fix them, and other great principles for driving a car. I feel like I learned a lot, even to use in my day-to-day driving.

We were shuttled out to the track, first riding around a couple of laps slow with the driver as he gave us some pointers and helpful information, then he demonstrated the track at full speed. It was exhilarating, to say the least. I had a lot of doubts about whether or not I could drive a car like that, or if I’d know what to do when it came time. After a couple of practice rounds and knocking a few cones out of my way, it was my turn…

It turns out that I can drive the track (with helpful guidance from a professional driver). After we all had a chance to make our video we had a fun relay race and said our goodbyes. I have to admit that the drive home was not as exciting as the few hours I spent with BMW, and I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to do this. It was one of the best times I’ve had behind the wheel of a car.

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33 thoughts on “Ultimate Test Drive with BMW

  1. Hi Jessica! Wow, that sounds like fun. I have to admit, I don’t drive much in the City, so I’d really enjoy going through a course like this. Pretty sweet ride. By the way, it was awesome meeting you last night at the POPSUGAR event. I hope to see you again soon.

    1. They extended an invitation to me via e-mail, but you can signup without an ID code. 🙂 I shared the invite with a few friends that I thought might be interested as well.

    1. I wanted to cry when I hit the cones. I just apologized over and over. The instructor was laughing and telling me to just keep driving, haha.

  2. Wow, that looks like fun!
    Can you believe that I haven’t driven in almost 3 years! Not since I arrive in America. I’m a little freaked out by everything being on the opposite side of the road (and opposite side of the car!) to what I’m used to. I should really get over that and just hop in a Zipcar and go for a drive – or maybe a BMW on a super fun track 😉

  3. What a blast! I got to drive a Maserati earlier this year, and I was so afraid I was going to crash, but the instructor kept saying go faster! So glad you had fun!

  4. This is AWESOME, I’ve always wanted to test drive a car on one of those tracks! Such beautiful cars <3

    1. You have to sign up for it in certain cities/dates. My course was 2 hours long. They seemed to allow people to come back and do it again if they wanted but I wouldn’t risk just showing up. Plus they don’t give out the location on the website, so they send over info. The link is: http://www.bmwusa.com/ude Just click on ” *No ID Code “.

  5. That looks super scary. The rollercoaster car I mean. But fun to watch… probably. 😉 I don’t see myself owning a car any time soon – I can’t even drive – but sometimes I’ll look at gmaps and be like gosh, I could be in central London in 10 minutes if I had a car, and then I want one. But then I think about parking fees and gas and how I don’t go anywhere to save on transport to begin with soooo yeah.

  6. This looks like a blast!! I can’t remember what car company it was.. but I went to something similar back in college. It actually might have been BMW or maybe Audi. Test driving was so fun!

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