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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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ZR1 Driving School Course Cirriculum

Ron Fellows Performance Driving School
ZR1 Program: Power Under Control
(Subject to change)
ZR1 School is now open!
Call 800-391-6891 ext 238 to register today!

Congratulations on your new Corvette ZR1, and welcome to a legendary pairing of America’s Supercar and the very driver who helped make it so – Ron Fellows. In the world of auto racing, Ron Fellows’ name is synonymous with Corvette. He’s been a leading part of Corvette Racing since the program began. Ron had the opportunity to participate in the on-track development of the Corvette ZR1, and provided input on fine-tuning its driving dynamics. Now he has developed a very special training program at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch to help you master the ZR1’s awesome performance, and to enhance your enjoyment of this amazing work of automotive art and engineering. Spring Mountain’s exhilarating track, a 2.2-mile road course near fabulous Las Vegas, was purpose-built for training Corvette drivers.

Ron Fellows 2-Day ZR1 Performance Driving School (Option for 3rd day available)
•3 to 1 Student to Instructor ratio
•Students will drive our hot new ZR1s & Z06 Corvettes in class
•During your enrollment, students will enjoy full privileges at our $3 Million Member Center, with luxurious Clubhouse, Fitness and Massage Center, Pool, Spa, Racquetball court and more

The Car is your Classroom. At the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School, we believe there is no substitute for feeling how your input affects your vehicle’s behavior. That’s why for new ZR1 owners, our two new ZR1s are your classroom. And, for a vehicle that accomplishes zero-to-100 mph-to-zero in less than 11 seconds, you’ll quickly appreciate the power and responsiveness of the Corvette ZR1. Two way radios in every car give you confidence on our adrenaline-charged road course, and translate to more seat time to test your own limits and the limits of this world-class supercar. The radios provide instant feedback from your instructor, and make for a safer learning environment. Even when the instructor is not in the car, they’re still with you, providing real time assessment and guidance on every corner, every straight, and every lap.

Program Day 1

Braking, Heel & Toe, Skid-car, Lead-Follow Sessions. Begin your day with a ZR1 braking exercise to demonstrate the difference between conventional braking and ABS braking systems though a series of exercises leading up to accident avoidance. You’ll find more stopping power than you’ll ever need with
the monster Brembo calipers installed in the ZR1. Next you will move on to proper shifting techniques, including Heel & Toe downshifting. Then it’s on to the Skid-car and Oval exercises on the paddock, which are designed to help you with visual scanning. Using your eyes properly is essential to successful car control. This is the cornerstone of our program philosophy. You will then jump back onto the track for some lead follow sessions with our expert instructors. Cornering instruction follows, and then you’ll be back on the track for some additional lapping sessions to close out the day.

Program Day 2

Shifting, Pendulum Exercises, Lapping. You will start off Day 2 of the ZR1 program with some shifting practice, and then it is onto the paddock area for our Pendulum exercise. The Pendulum exercise teaches you how to maintain constant control in any situation. A tech session to review the ZR1 vs. the Z06 will be held in the classroom, and you’re off to the track again for some heart-pounding lapping exercises. The instructors will give some demonstration laps where you will ride along with them in the ZR1. Following this you will continue your sessions on the track learning to push yourself and your vehicle to the limit. At the end of the day hot laps can be given with our skilled instructors driving the ZR1/Z06 at limits you never thought were possible.

Program Day 3 (optional)

Maximum Track Time with Open Lapping Sessions. Practice makes perfect! Because we believe you will benefit with maximum track time, Day 3 of your ZR1 program is predominately spent on the 2.2-mile purpose-built Spring Mountain road course. You’ll warm up with some shifting sessions, some lead-follow sessions, and then on to open lapping for the rest of the day. This is the ideal conclusion to a power-packed curriculum, designed to develop the driving skill and finesse worthy of the incredible supercharged ZR1.

Call 800-391-6891 ext 238 to register today! We’ll see you on the track!

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-29-2008, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Below is a great testimonial about the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain. This graduate highlights the most important point: The best modification you can make to your car is in the Driver first! If you've ever been thinking about enrolling, then read this!

I was fortunate enough to be one of the four students in the first ZR1 driving course, it comes with the car. I wanted to get the maximum I could from my experience, I think I did. I opted to do the three day level one school before the ZR1 School. I will tell you the schedule, the instructors, the employees, the owner, the food, the cars, the track, the club house are all second to none, and both classes were excellent. I’ve never been to another driving school everything I was taught I should have known for the last 40 years but I didn’t, my reflexes are not what a race driver would want but reflexes were not what I needed, this was not about being a race driver, its about you and a car, the car and the track, balance and momentum. The instructors don’t use the word fast or talk about how fast they go, they talk about momentum, your eyes, what you see, what you feel, when the car oversteer’s and why and how to correct it, when it understeer’s why and how to correct it. You get to push your limit. I do not believe there was a student that left either of these courses feeling he could have spent his money in a better way, we all gained more than we spent. For those of you modifying your cars more horsepower, more torque, bigger brakes, louder exhaust, I submit that the best money you can spend is on yourself, learn your limit, if you can push the car to its limit there are always other things you can do to improve it, if you cant push it to its limit then all the other additions you make may only serve to cause you issues that put you or others at risk down the road. The base C6 Corvette Coupe is a remarkable car. We all got to drive every type Corvette they had at the track, a base car without heads up, a Z51suspension, a supercharged Callaway with suspension modifications, a base car with competition coil over suspension coupe, the Z06, a Z06 with higher performance brake pads and the ZR1 they are all more car than I may ever be able to push to there limit, but with the help of Dave R, Jordan, Barry, JJ, Victor and Mitch we gave the cars what for me was a fair exercise. I left a better driver for sure, more aware of my car and its capabilities. The ZR1 class offered plenty of seat time in both the Z06 and ZR1 you will leave understanding the difference in the two cars with exceptional training behind you. Will I ever race a Corvette competitively? No! Will I go do a track day at some of the other tracks around the country? Preparations are already being made. I just got off the phone with Melinda I’m going back to Spring Mountain and taking my son with me, he needs the same training and I want more instruction from these instructors and more seat time in these cars. I have not told you much about what we did I’ll let them do that with there curriculum explanation as I’m sure it will change because they probably got a good laugh out of my performance and there may be a few things they decide not to offer again and a few things they decide they better offer more of based on how uneducated some of us are. About the time you start to feel you are gaining on this process they have the capability of showing you how much more is out there for you to learn and they do an excellent job of that. I would have stayed for another week, unfortunately life does not always allow everything you want. Thanks guys and gals, my experience was one I’ll remember for a long time and yes I’ll be back. I left with some new challenges for my driving style; I left with a new found capability to feel balance in a car, something I never looked for before but understand now. But most importantly I left with a new understanding of what a fantastic piece of machinery the base C6, the C6 with Z51, the Z06 and the ZR1 are. My hat is off to the Spring Mountain Advanced Driving School; I’m humbled and honored to have been fortunate enough to attend.

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