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New Sports Cars: CIAS 2018 Toronto, ON

We made our annual pilgrimage to the 2018 Canadian International Auto Show to see where sports cars and car culture is heading!

It was great to see so many wonderful machines under the lights and for us, even more exciting to imagine what they’ll be like when we see them at the race track this season!

We love most all cars but hold a special place for those wonderful performance machines for “driving”! Please visit our gallery for a quick look at some of the fancy pieces we saw and took note of!

It was great to hear from Christian von Koenigsegg on the speed record breaking Agera RS in the morning.

Also, congratulations to Honda for it’s being awarded the AJAC Car of the Year distinction for the new Accord. We had the pleasure of working with AJAC at Test Fest with the array of great hardware!

Until next year! Now, the track season is coming! Follow us on social media and learn more about how we chase driving fun relentlessly!

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Preparing for a DriveTeq Local Track Day

DriveTeq believes it is important that we do our best to deliver maximum value when you participate in either one of our own, managed, or coached track events.  We want to provide our resources in a manner consistent with our Driving Values and help you prepare yourself as best you can for your day(s).

Although you need to consider your specific circumstances and the following lists are in no manner exhaustive, in our experience it can be very helpful to consider the following prior to attending a DriveTeq local track event:

At Least 2 Weeks Prior to the Local Event

  • Event Format:  Be aware whether the track event that you are considering is open, two-run, three-run, or multi-run format.  Each has its following and expectation as to driver competency.
  • Track Car Tech Inspection: Although we do not typically require a formal "tech inspection", please consider a review of the vehicle  to ensure your car is prepared for the rigors of the driver's education event.  It's unfortunate, for example, if you arrive with brake pads that will not last the completion of the event. Additionally, fresh high-temperature brake fluid will significantly reduce the likelihood that you will feel brake pedal "fade" during the event.
  • Helmet: Unless you are a beginner, ensure you have an auto sport helmet with a Snell rating of 2010 or newer.  If you are a beginner and able to obtain a helmet, please have it available.

Prior to the Local Event

Personal

  • Mental:  Prepare by observing specific video to get an overview of the course.  If you are are attending an event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) with us, consider booking a preparatory local track session at one of the smaller local tracks we operate at (see our Schedule for availability of local track sessions).  Note: CTMP is the fastest track in North America and appropriate respect should be given.  Always come to a track event well rested.
  • Weather & Clothing:  Check the expected weather and come prepared with appropriate clothing.  We run events rain or shine (and in the winter with snow/ice).  Always expect some variation in temperatures and have layers.  While you are driving, you will likely be warm.  When you are standing outside, you may be cold.  The track typically feels colder than what you expect from the actual temperature.  Be prepared for rain with a change of clothing and shoes.  Clothing Essentials: raincoat, sunglasses, sunscreen, sweaters, t-shirts, jerseys, hats, gloves, driving shoes (if you have - otherwise soft soled shoes that will allow "pedal-feel"), change of shoes.
  • Chair: If you have space, a fold-up chair is nice.
  • Food: Determine whether lunch is provided at the event.  In any event, it's always advisable to bring a few snacks and some water (particularly during the warmest months).
  • Money:  We suggest having some cash on hand.
  • Electronic Devices:  Remember chargers for whatever devices you bring.  At the same time, it is very important that you are not using the devices or have them on during track exercises.

Equipment and Car

  • Gas: Come to the track with a full tank of gas.  You will likely use more than you would in normal everyday driving.  After lunch, if you have 2/3 or less of a tank remaining, fill your tank before the gas pumps at CTMP close between 1:30 to 2:30pm.  Failure will result in your inability to drive to the end of the day and worst, to the nearest gas station to get home.
  • Gas Cans:  Depending on your carrying ability, you may wish to bring gas cans.  At CTMP, gas is often available through the middle of the day at a premium price but otherwise you will need to go off-site to fill your tank.  Gas cans provide some additional flexibility and save some time at the track.
  • Tools: Bring your car tools to the extent you have them.  Typically, work gloves, a torque wrench, socket for your wheel nuts, an air pressure gauge and a car jack, if you are changing wheels.  If you have tools uniquely suited to or required for your car, bring them (e.g. centre lock wheel torque wrench).
  • Helmet:  Unless you are a beginner, ensure you have your Snell 2010 or better rated helmet.  If you are a beginner, please bring a helmet if you have access to one.
  • Oil & Brake Fluid:  Bring some extra motor oil and high temperature brake fluid.
  • Cleaning:  Windshield cleaner and paper/cloth towels.

Please feel free to discuss any concerns or questions with us prior to the event.  You can simply Contact Us.

We look forward to seeing you at the track!  DriveTeq: Driving Better...Driving Results!

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The Best Driving Week Ever…

Buckle up – #herewegoagain!

This week we start with a DriveTeq driver education and track day at the fabled former F1 circuit, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. After we conquer this, we make our way north to Montebello, QC for a half day program in the dirt with the Land Rover 4x4s! A little change of pace and scenery before … we land in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec to drive the storied “other” former F1 circuit in Canada, Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant!

We take a day of rest after two full days of driving Mont-Tremblant, do a little cycling, celebrate Chef Gary’s birthday and make our way home to get ready for 45-50 Shelby Mustangs back at the big house, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park!

Will it be crazy? Yes, crazy fun and memorable. If you’re not joining us this week at some point, we hope you’ll find a time in the future!!

Check out our Calendar for the many events we host both locally in the GTA and elsewhere in Canada and the USA!

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Anatomy of a DriveTeq Driver Education Track Day

This blog is for those individuals who are contemplating a DriveTeq driver education track day (“DriveTeq DE”) and would like to know how it’s operated.   The following is generally how our track days unfold but always subject to specific changes made to accommodate special circumstances that may arise from time to time.

Who should attend a DriveTeq DE, are there different groups and what are the expectations?  

The events are run for everyone from the “track first timer” to a pro driver.  Generally, we separate people on track into three different groups according to their driving skill and experience.  We do not separate individuals based on the speed of their car.  For the track newcomer, we permit them to experience the day at their own pace, and under the supervision and with the assistance of an experienced driving coach.  We reduce the stress, increase understanding and create a whole lot of learning and entertainment.

For the intermediate driver, we make coaches available for people who need or want them and increase the locations that you may pass slower cars.  We work hard with intermediate level drivers to help those that want to improve and to get better.  And, for those with some experience wanting to enjoy their car in a more spirited and educational environment, we give them that opportunity too.

For our advanced drivers, we permit passing anywhere on the track with an appropriate signal.  The expectation for our advanced drivers is extremely high.  They are qualified based on factors such as their car control skills and exceptionally good situational awareness and judgement.  We do not qualify advanced drivers based upon the speed of their car but rather the skill in their driving.  We love “fast” provided it’s blended with a high level of driving competence and a fundamental understanding of driving dynamics. In our view, an advanced driver can be placed onto any road course and pick it up competently in a few laps because they understand vision and car dynamics and can implement; i.e. also, their driving is not based solely on an understanding of the “line”.  The track days are not about “fast” in the form of “wild and/or dangerous”.

Tenor of a DriveTeq DE

A DriveTeq DE is for all levels of driver and is focussed on driving well at every level.  Our days are intended to be both educational and entertaining and they are designed so every level of driver can maximize on their objectives within our framework.  Our days are not for racing and it’s not permitted.  A DriveTeq DE is predicated on excellent operation, and mutual respect and care by all participants for one another.  We create the environment for it, we enforce it and our friends and clients thrive in it.

How does the day begin?

Our days start early with registration and the collection of any outstanding payment in the event centre depending on the track.  Our track newcomers are then taken for an introductory classroom session to build some foundational elements upon the rest of their day driving will be based.

The balance of our drivers are then asked to attend a track side meeting to go over track etiquette including passing rules, flags, safety procedures and general comments relating to the structure and philosophy of our days.  This is also an opportunity for individuals to ask questions of our chief instructor and track safety personnel before we begin the day’s activities.

What kind of cars?

Most any car, provided it is safe, can be used at a DriveTeq DE.  We always reserve the right to disqualify a car if we believe it to be dangerous or unfit.  Most importantly for track newcomers, you do not require a high performance sports car.  Although many fast cars participate in the days, it is not a pre-requisite; in fact, our experience is track newcomers often learn much more when they begin in slower cars so their focus is on learning proper driving technique.

Exercises for Track Newcomers

Part of our program is to prepare newcomers for the track before they enter upon it.  We review fundamentals of proper driving technique in order to properly prepare people to have the best and safest day possible.  At DriveTeq, our focus is to help individuals at every level drive better in a controlled environment.

During the period that track newcomers are in the classroom and in exercises, the advanced and intermediate drivers are on track practising their driving skills on an alternating basis.  Before the lunch hour, we integrate the track newcomer group into the on-track portion of the day.

Safety & Track Personnel

We always have EMS personnel on site at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and we have a full complement of track marshals at both the Grand Prix Track and the Driver Development Course.  At the GP track, we maintain not less than ten (10) corner marshals to protect our drivers around the many blind corners at this great track.

Lunch Break

We break for a minimum one hour lunch.  This gives everyone a chance to refresh, eat and prepare for the afternoon sessions.  Normally, lunch is provided as part of the entrance fee for the day.

Questions, Comments during the Event

During the course of the day, the Chief Instructor, coaches and track staff are available to answer questions, take comments and generally assist participants in meeting their personal objectives, staying safe and having an outstanding and memorable day at the track.

How do I prepare for a DriveTeq DE?

If you’d like to learn more about what you should do to prepare for a DriveTeq DE, click Here.

If you continue to have questions about our DriveTeq DE’s, we’d be delighted to speak with you.  Please do not hesitate to Contact Us!  We work very hard to have exceptional events and we hope to see you at the track! DriveTeq:  Driving Better…Driving Results!