When Mercedes-Benz announced the North American branch of its Driving Academy, it was a welcome and necessary addition to the services the car manufacturer provides to the motoring public.
There is nothing like a closed course and a set of professional driving instructors to emphasize the serious responsibility of operating a multi-ton high-speed machine. But it’s not all boring stuff, as this video taken at the Driving Academy shows. Here, a couple of the instructors show some advanced driving techniques, such as power sliding. Since the Academy’s main demographic are teenage drivers, these advanced techniques show the skills involved in managing a car’s attitude around the track.
Mercedes and drifting are words that are hardly used in the same sentence, but what these video shows is that this German manufacturer’s cars are not quite the same cars mom and dad used to drive. Showing what the current crop of Mercedes cars can do can only enhance the appeal of the German automaker’s vehicles to a new generation of customers.