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BMW Performance Center West Driving School Opening in California

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/6/2014 Jason Udy

BMW is opening its second U.S.-based driving school, this time on the West Coast. Partnering with private motorsports organization The Thermal Club, the BMW Performance Center West is located just outside of La Quinta, Calif. The new driving school complements the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which opened in 1999.

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The BMW Performance Center West will offer the same driving courses as the Spartanburg facility, including the BMW M Schools and BMW Teen Driving Schools. The 32-acre facility features a 1.4-mile road course with a 6.2-acre paddock, a skidpad, and an 8500 sq-ft Performance Facility.

“We have long believed that the right driver training is every bit as important as technology in helping to keep drivers safe,” noted Peter Miles -- Vice President of Sales Channel Development and Customer Relations, BMW of North America, in a release. “The BMW Performance Center West will make it easier for customers in the Western U.S. to benefit from the same professional driving instruction that nearly 130,000 drivers have had at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina over the last 15 years.”

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As a new premium private motorsports club, The Thermal Club features 5.5 miles of road racing circuits, private luxury garage villas, luxury concierge services, and more. Other facility highlights include The Motorsports Village with the Tuning Shop complete with vehicle bays, locker rooms, and lounge, while the Trackside Garage houses track and safety vehicles and the Tower Building, which is a combination of the main clubhouse and a 70-foot-high operational control tower. The Thermal Club also features a pool, kids club, and tennis courts.

Read about our experience at the One-Day M School at the Spartanburg test facility here.

Source: BMW

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