05 May '11, 9pm

Fast track to heaven

WHAT does heaven for petrolheads look like? Instead of fluffy clouds, the backdrop would probably be a flowing loop of tarmac 4.45km long, set against rolling greenery that dips gently into the Tasman Sea. Basically, it's Australia's Phillip Island Circuit. It's where 37 examples of the fastest cars that Mercedes-Benz has to offer, sit on the pit lane. They're the latest from the company's AMG subsidiary, which shoehorns ludicrously powerful engines underneath any bonnet bearing the three-pointed star. And it's where we've been invited to witness the AMG Challenge. Like AMG cars, which are powered by hand-built engines, AMG driving events are special. In Asia the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy runs 200 clinics for some 18,000 people a year, but there are only half a dozen AMG events. "AMG events are for our enthusiasts," beamed Peter Hackett, an Australian who has spent 27 ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Cars/EDC110506-0000007/Fast-tr...

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