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Check Out BMW's Explosive Training Camp for Armored Vehicle Drivers

Car driving into a wall of fire
Car driving into a wall of fire

If you watch enough Jason Bourne and James Bond movies, you’ll find yourself imagining what it would be like to be behind the wheel in a daring escape. Stunt drivers don’t get nearly enough credit for those scenes, but it’s the real-life professional drivers who have to evade explosions, evade roadblocks, and navigate roads in pitch darkness. They're the real hardcore motorists.

Add bullet-resistant armoring to the vehicle, and special protection drivers must be the best at what they do in order to control these heavy cars when their clients’ lives depend on it. BMW has a special school in Germany to help prepare them for extreme situations on a former military airfield, and it includes an array of pyrotechnics, pylons, and simulated attacks.

car driving through an obstacle course
car driving through an obstacle course

BMW offers a two-day course, starting with the basics of driving physics, driving technique, and tactical knowledge on the first day. That includes evasive maneuvers, emergency braking, and fiery explosions on a winding forest road in a heavyweight bulletproof car. Day two adds the infamous J-turn that you often see in the movies, which is a move that quickly transitions from reverse to drive without losing speed.

The German brand says participants also learn "anticipatory driving and the ability to maintain a perfect overview even under stress." Being "perfect" is a tall order, but if you’re driving a high-profile celebrity or political figure around, I guess that’s what it takes. While the course itself sounds like fun, driving in those conditions for real would be terrifying.