A few weeks ago I had the privilege to attend the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina. Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Greenville and Spartanburg, the institution teaches both drivers and riders everything from drifting techniques to off-road maneuverability. The most fun and absolute hands-on learning experience I've ever encountered, it's the brand's ultimate playground and classroom.
In the 60 hours that I spend in Spartanburg, I got to experience a crash course in everything the school has to offer. We drove a number of powerful M Class vehicles on the racetrack, learning to time our braking and acceleration with turns and straightaways. We mastered maneuverability and control of the GS series, taking these incredibly agile and precise motorcycles on and off road. We even drove X5s on an all-terrain crash course. To top it all off, we ended the trip with a tour of the BMW factory responsible for all production of the X3, X5 and X6—yup, BMWs made in America.