BMW Track Trainer

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BMW Track Trainer

The BMW Track Trainer is a modified BMW 330i that can negotiate a race track autonomously at the limit of traction. It was conceived as a driver training tool that allows a new student to experience the ideal race line from the driver's seat.[1] The vehicle is a research project from BMW Group Research and Technology (BMW Forschung und Technik GmbH).

Race tracks[edit]

Track Trainer has raced autonomously at Valencia, Hockenheimring, Lausitzring, Zandvoort, Nordschleife,[2] and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.[3]

Media coverage[edit]

Track Trainer was covered by Top Gear in a segment during the 2007 season[4] and The Car Show on the third episode of the 2011 season.


Track Trainer uses a combination of GPS and INS data to create a precision position estimate of the vehicle states in real-time. Vehicle control is commanded to an ideal line recorded by a manually driven reference lap.[5]