Our Classes

 

Our Rally University program offers rigorous and intense car control aimed at maximizing your skill as a rally driver in a variety of cars and platforms in courses that range from one to four days. We also have a half day clinic and 2.5-hour introduction rally experience that offer the same skills training from our University program in a simple, easy to digest class that will open your eyes, hands and feet to the skill of rally driving.

All lessons highlighted in bold represent actual in-car instruction.

 

 

$399                                                                         

Our rally experience gives you the thrills and spills of professional rally racing in a fun, efficient, easy to digest format. If you're new to motorsport or rallying and just want to get your feet wet, this is the class for you. We promise that we will do everything we can to make you want to come back for more.

LESSONS / FORMAT

-Classroom introduction

-Straight line braking

-Figure 8

-Junior Slalom

-Lap of the Rally Ranch Special Stage

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

-Intro to left-foot braking

-Proper hand position

-Threshold braking

-Traction sensing

-Rally vision

 

$699  

If you're committed to learning car control, our half-day clinic will give you twice as much seat time as our 2.5 hour class and give you a solid foundation on which to develop your rally and racing skills. Perfect for the avid autocrosser who wants to improve their car control, the Lone Star Rallycross competitor who wants to make it those last couple spots to the top of the podium or the motorsport enthusiast who just wants to know how it's done, the half day rally clinic is the wildest time you can have before lunch!

LESSONS / FORMAT

-Classroom introduction to Left Foot Braking

-Classroom vehicle dynamics discussion

-Straight line braking drag race

-Condensed skidpad and Figure 8

-Short Slalom, intro to weight transfer

-2 laps around the Rally Ranch Special Stage!

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

-Basic left-foot braking

-Proper hand position

-Threshold braking

-Traction sensing

-Rally vision

-Aquarium Technique

-Basic rally weight transfer techniques

 

$999 - $4,700

Our premier driver training program, Rally Ready University offers intense driver training in a one to four-day format so you can become a professional gravel-slaying machine. Our University program builds an immensely solid foundation on which to develop your skills in rallying or racing of any sort. The seat time in our 4-day rally school is equivalent to more than an entire season of professional rallying but unlike a race, you have professional instructors teaching you the right habits, breaking the wrong ones and helping you to make, correct and realize mistakes so that when you hit the rally stages, it's all muscle memory. On all four days of class, lunch is included. Meals are prepared fresh in-house with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Vegetarian, gluten-free and other options are available upon request.

 

   

$999  

A full day of left-foot braking, sliding sideways and learning to do things you thought were only for YouTube and WRC+.

Start the day off in our turbo, AWD Subaru WRX’s or whatever car you choose and get comfortable using your left foot on the brakes in our straight line braking exercise. Overcome your muscle memory habits and refine your binary clutch motions into dynamic, refined braking inputs. From there, move into front-wheel drive cars and learn how to adjust the attitude and pitch of the car using nothing but left-foot braking in our skidpad exercise.

After a home-cooked meal in our classroom lounge, move to the Figure 8 exercise. Affectionately called El Ocho Loco, the Figure 8 is the first taste you’ll get of real sideways action as you learn how to use left-foot braking to link together corners in a low speed environment.

Finish the day off with a few laps up and down the slalom where you’ll feel the car break loose and slide back and forth while you keep everything in control right at the limit with your newly developed skills.

The only problem? It’s going to be hard not to want to stay for day 2.

LESSONS / FORMAT

-Classroom introduction to rallying, share with us your goals

-Classroom vehicle dynamics and rally driving instruction

-Straight line braking: traction sensing and threshold braking

-Skidpad exercise. Finding, reducing and eliminating understeer.

-Figure 8: Weight transfer, corner exit and corner entry.

-Intro to Slalom

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

-Left-foot braking fundamentals: traction sensing, threshold braking, basic cornering.

-Proper hand position

-Rally vision

-Aquarium Technique

-Rally weight transfer techniques

 

   

$1,999  

Day 1: Start off with the basics in our straight line braking exercise where you get comfortable using your clutch foot as both a clutch foot and a braking foot back to back. Overcome your muscle memory to become comfortable using your left foot on the brakes. From there, head to the skidpad where you’ll learn to adjust the attitude and pitch of the car through the corner using only your left-foot braking skills.

After a home-cooked meal in the Rally Ranch lounge, we’re off to the Figure 8. Here’s where you’ll finally get your first taste of linking corners together with left-foot braking and feeling the back of the car slide.

We finish day 1 with a few laps up and down the slalom where you’ll feel the car break loose and slide while you keep everything in control with left-foot braking.

Day 2: Nothing quite like sleeping on it. Day 2 is where you can really see how much your day 1 work taught you. We’re right back in the car to pick up where we left off day 1, tearing laps up and down the slalom for a good portion of the day. As you progress through the slalom and develop the instinctual, muscle memory control, we’ll put you in a variety of different cars teaching you not just how to drive, but how to adapt to a variety of platforms.

The dynamic slalom comes next where the course is ever-changing. Cones move, and corners tighten and open, keeping you on your toes throughout the day. As your slalom skills become increasingly refined, we add in the infield Rallycross track. This wide-open series of corners builds speed and confidence as you start to find higher entry speeds and tighter lines throughout the course.

The final exercise of the day will be the Scandinavian Flick. Yes, it’s the real reason you all came! Luckily, you’ve already learned it in the slalom, we just need to make some small changes and you’ll have “The Vatanen Touch” in no time.

LESSONS / FORMAT

-Classroom recap of day 1, intro to day 2

-Low speed slalom

-High speed and dynamic slalom

-Classroom pendulum turn preparation

-Pendulum turn exercise

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

-Advanced left-foot braking

-High speed corner entry

-Advanced weight transfer

-Fancy footwork: Scandinavian Flick

-Rally line

-Driving what you see

 

   

$3,299  

Day 1: Start off with the basics in our straight line braking exercise where you get comfortable using your clutch foot as both a clutch foot and a braking foot back to back. Overcome your muscle memory to become comfortable using your left foot on the brakes. From there, head to the skidpad where you’ll learn to adjust the attitude and pitch of the car through the corner using only your left-foot braking skills.

After a home-cooked meal in the Rally Ranch lounge, we’re off to the Figure 8. Here’s where you’ll finally get your first taste of linking corners together with left-foot braking and feeling the back of the car slide.

We finish day 1 with a few laps up and down the slalom where you’ll feel the car break loose and slide while you keep everything in control with left-foot braking.

Day 2: Nothing quite like sleeping on it. Day 2 is where you can really see how much your day 1 work taught you. We’re right back in the car to pick up where we left off day 1, tearing laps up and down the slalom for a good portion of the day. As you progress through the slalom and develop the instinctual, muscle memory control, we’ll put you in a variety of different cars teaching you not just how to drive, but how to adapt to a variety of platforms.

The dynamic slalom comes next where the course is ever-changing. Cones move, and corners tighten and open, keeping you on your toes throughout the day. As your slalom skills become increasingly refined, we add in the infield Rallycross track. This wide-open series of corners builds speed and confidence as you start to find higher entry speeds and tighter lines throughout the course.

The final exercise of the day will be the Scandinavian Flick. Yes, it’s the real reason you all came! Luckily, you’ve already learned it in the slalom, we just need to make some small changes and you’ll have “The Vatanen Touch” in no time.

Day 3: Two days of driving rally cars is exhausting. But you’re still itching to go on day 3. As is customary, we start the day with a quick roundup and recap of day 2 with some slalom laps and some laps on the infield RX track. Then it’s back into the classroom for some co-driver training. Our method of co-driver training doesn’t differentiate between drivers and co-drivers. We believe that going into your first event, you need to know both roles in order to be successful. The relationship between driver and co-driver is paramount to a safe rally and it is important that each side of the car know how difficult and important the other job is in order to keep the team on task.

From the classroom, we’ll take our prepared notes and we’ll head out on the Pond Loop rally stage to do some reconnaissance or ‘recce’ for short. Everyone will take turns reading notes and listening to notes at normal, road speeds to develop an ear for the language. Once everyone is comfortable, it’s time for the fun!

With your new ear for the language of stage notes, we’ll helmet back up and take turns as drivers and co-drivers learning the teamwork element of rallying.

Once the notes are flowing comfortably, we move to the exercise everyone thinks rally is all about, the handbrake turn.

In reality, the handbrake turn is a small piece of the puzzle, but it is a great tool to have in the toolbox for those extra-tight corners, or for when the you know what hits the fan.

A few more laps around the rally stage and we call it a day from the driver’s seat. Last piece of the day is a ridealong with an instructor where you can experience the Rally Ranch from the right seat with one of our ace pilots.

LESSONS / FORMAT

-Classroom recap of day 2

-Classroom stage rally discussion

-Advanced rally course

-Dynamic, blind corner 

-Intro to stage notes

-Handbrake turns

-Timed laps around advanced rally course

-AWD Turbo ridealong

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

-Handbrake turns

-Advanced rally vision, looking corners ahead

-Processing pace notes, working with a co-driver

-Linking corners

-4WD vehicle dynamics (everything happens faster!)