Track Day

Buy a new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, get a free track day at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Ford is upping the incentive to get a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

So, you've bought a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Now the question has to be, "Do you know how to drive it?" Ford is offering buyers the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of track driving during a free session at Charlotte Motor Speedway with their Mustang Shelby GT500 purchase.

Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina is the home of the new Ford Performance Racing School. GT500 Track Attack, the program Mustang Shelby GT500 owners are invited to attend, will be the first program introduced at the location.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500Ford has opened a new driving school at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

During the program, owners are given the opportunity to learn firsthand the capabilities of their cars with professional training from instructors. They train in the classroom, on a road course, and on a four-wide drag strip. The immersive experience allows drivers to test the performance and handling characteristics of their new cars with concentrations on braking and launch techniques. Owners will learn how to maximize the technology of the car's drive modes and launch control..

"With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics," said Dave Pericak, director of enterprise product line management, Ford. "We've set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed. GT500 Track Attack is absolutely essential in helping owners understand how to get the most out of their cars. This promises to be an exciting experience – one that owners will never forget."

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500The program lasts for one day but participants can add another day of instruction for a fee.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford Performance Racing School will provide Shelby GT500s for participants to use in all exercises. An optional second day of on-track instruction will be conducted in Ford Mustang GTs equipped with upgraded Ford Performance suspensions and brakes.

As part of the deal when buyers purchase a new 2020 Mustang Shelby GTA500, Ford will cover costs of the driving school in its entirety, while owners will be responsible for their travel, hotel and optional-day Mustang GT program costs. While not yet finalized, options for owners to bring guests are being considered. Those interested in learning more about this program should sign up here to receive additional details as they become available.

Look for Ford Performance Racing School to announce specific plans and schedules for GT500 Track Attack in the near future at www.GT500TrackAttack.com.

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2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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The 2023 Acura Integra is a very good thing
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2023 Acura Integra2023 Acura Integra reservations begin soonautomotivemap.com

The Integra will start arriving on dealers' lots in early June, and will carry a starting price of $30,800 before destination. The car is the only liftback in its segment, and gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available, but buyers can opt for a continuously variable transmission.

2023 Acura IntegraThe new Integra comes as a five-door only. Acura

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