Frequently Asked questions
Our programs make very popular gift items. You can book them without selecting a date so that the recipient can choose the date that suits them. We can also provide you with a personalized gift letter.
Our karts are CRG Race karts using TKM race motors with speeds capable of 100 kmph. Our formula racecars are authentic Formula Renault 1600 racers, which offer performance of 1-100 kmph in 5 seconds and top speeds of approximately 190 kmph. Our equipment represents the very technology and is superior to all other comparable racing schools.
No previous experience is necessary, however for our Formula Car courses you will need some experience with a standard transmission.
Apart from the quality of our equipment the level of instruction is unparalleled, class sizes are limited to four drivers per instructor. Karting schools operate with six karts per instructor. There will be sufficient laps during the day to tire you out - you will be ready to climb out of the cockpit by the time you are through!
Most definitely! Our courses are competitive with all Formula Car courses offered throughout North America, as well with as other driving schools that are available locally. Our one and two day programs also include catered lunch as well as your data and video in a complimentary 2.0GB USB card, you will of course be lapping on your own by the end of the course.
ince we provide helmets, balaclavas, race suits, gloves for our Formula Car programs, as well as neck braces and rib protectors for our karting programs, all you need are some snug flat soled shoes, with socks. Wear a t-shirt and short pants underneath your race suit. Students are of course welcome to bring their own helmet and driving equipment, provided it is Snell and FIA compliant.
Our Formula Car and Road car programs operate rain or shine, unless we consider the conditions unsafe. For our kart courses, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will give you a rain check to reschedule.
Our courses allow for passing in designated zones on the racetrack. For karting graduates interested in racing, we offer Arrive and Drive racing programs, in conjunction with the Calgary Kart Racing Club.
You are certainly welcome to bring along the family to watch or a personal guest to share in the experience with you. If possible, we will even recommend some of the best viewing areas for you. The only condition is that all guests and spectators must follow the recommendations of ABRS personnel at all times.
Cancellations are accepted less a 10% handling fee, up to thirty days prior to your event. Rescheduling is accepted up to thirty days prior to an event at no charge, less than thirty days will incur a handling fee. See our Terms and Conditions section for full details on our cancellation and rescheduling policies.
In our one and two day Formula Car programs you will receive your data and video in a complimentary 2.0GB USB card.
Once you have shown evidence that you have previous experience, it will be up to the discretion of ABRS staff to determine your qualifications to step straight into the advanced programs. You may be required to take an ABRS half or full day course.
We are officially recognized by Western Canadian Motorsports Association (WCMA), the Regional National Sanctioning body for Western Canadian Autosport. Graduates of our two and three day Formula Car programs are qualified to apply for their basic road racing licenses.
Students are responsible for accident damage up to $4,500 per incident in any of our Introductory, Half, One or first day of two day formula car programs. Crash damage liability is limited to $10,000 per incident for second day of our two day program and advanced formula car lapping sessions. Karting program crash damage is limited to $500 per incident and $1,500 for corporate and arrive and drive kart race programs.
Our racecars are surprisingly roomy and can accommodate students from under 150 cm (5’0”) to 200 cm (6’7”).
The price of our courses range from $400 for an Introductory Formula Car program through to $4,500 for our Three Day Formula program, so we have courses available to suit all budgets. We also offer gift certificates starting at $100.
Our programs are scheduled to run May through October with our California Formula Car programs operating December - June. Our Winter Driving Schools operate mid December through the end of February. See the Calendars sections listed under the Formula Car, Karting and Road Safety Sections
For more specific information accomodation, address and maps for each circuit please visit our Tracks and Venues section
We accept children starting at 12 years of age for our karting school. We accept students in our Formula Car Schools from around 14 years of age, with a minimum height restriction of 5’0” and experience with a standard transmission.
With over twenty five years of race instruction experience, Chief Instructor Allen Berg has never had an accident resulting driver injury. Furthermore, by using the latest Carbon Fiber chassis technology in our racecars, compared to tube frame construction of all other schools (1960’s technology), our racecars are the safest available. We also employ FIA approved HJC helmets and SABELT racewear. Sabelt is an official supplier to the Ferrari F-1 team, if Sabelt are good enough for Ferrari it is good enough for us.