COTA Driving Experience

COTA Driving Experience

Feel the adrenaline rush as you get behind the wheel at the world-famous Circuit of The Americas track – home to iconic race series including Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP, World Endurance Championship, and more. Retrace the paths of champions around COTA’s 20 turns and gain confidence as you push yourself and your vehicle to the limits.

*All drivers must be at least 25 years old to participate.

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Course Map

Perfect your driving technique on the world-famous Circuit of The Americas’ racetrack. Climb the Turn 1 hill, weave your way through the esses, whip around the Turn 11 hairpin, and achieve your maximum speed across the back straight. Master all 20 turns of the only purpose-built racetrack in the country.

2024 BMW M2

Engine: 3.0 Twin Turbo Inline 6-Cylinder
Horsepower: 453
Torque: 406 LB-FT
Acceleration: 3.9s 0-60 MPH

2024 BMW M3 Competition xDrive

Engine: 3.0 Twin Turbo Inline 6-Cylinder
Horsepower: 503
Torque: 479 LB-FT
Acceleration: 3.4s 0-60

2024 BMW M4 Competition xDrive

Engine: 3.0 Twin Turbo Incline 6-Cylinder
Horsepower: 523
Torque: 479 LB-FT
Acceleration: 3.4s 0-60 MPH

Schedule

COTA Driving Experience will be held on select dates and space is limited for this exclusive program. Times and dates are subject to change.

*Please note this program requires a minimum number of participants. In the event that your date is cancelled, your experience can be rescheduled.

Sunday
September 8
Thursday
September 26
Tuesday
October 29

Group Events

Ride Along

Perfect for entertaining large groups of over 40 people. Guests will have the chance to hop in a BMW M-Performance Vehicle and take a hot lap with a professional. Click the button or fill out the form below to start planning an incredible event that your group will remember for ages!

Driving Experience Corporate Inquiries

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FAQs

Where is the COTA Driving Experience located?

The course is located at 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617.

What type of vehicle do I get to drive?

Guests will be driving a BMW M2 during the car control exercises and either a BMW M3 or BMW M4 on track. If there is a specific model guests would like to drive, the Driving Experience staff will make their best efforts to accommodate.

Can I drive my own vehicle at the COTA Driving Experience?

For your safety, you must drive one of our BMW M-performance vehicles. Our BMW vehicles have undergone hours of tests to ensure that they are up-to-date with all inspections and safety protocol.

Are there any driving requirements for attending the school?

All guests must be 25 years or older with a valid driver’s license to participate in our driving program.

How large is the average class?

Each event will have two groups with around 13 participants each.

How much driving time do I get?

Guests will have approximately 1.5 hours of driving time during their experience.

Do you cancel an event because of inclement weather?

In the event of adverse weather conditions that make the driver experience unsafe, COTA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the activity. In such cases, guests will be offered the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.

What clothing should I wear?

When participating in an on-track driving experience, it’s important to prioritize safety and comfort. Here are some recommendations:

  • Helmet: COTA will provide homologated helmets available in all sizes.
  • Closed-toe shoes: Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes with a good grip. Racing shoes or athletic shoes with thin soles are ideal for better pedal feel and control.
  • Long pants: It’s advisable to wear long pants.
  • Comfortable clothing: Choose comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing to stay cool and focused during the experience. Opt for breathable, lightweight materials.
  • Sunglasses: During hot summer days, protect your eyes from the sun and glare with sunglasses.
What is your cancellation policy?

Participants may receive a full refund if the cancellation is made at least 60 days before the scheduled driving experience.

Cancellations made within 59 and 31 days before the scheduled date will be eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 30 days of the scheduled event.

Am I allowed to bring guests?

Guests are welcome and a fee of $100 will be charged per head count.