An exclusive experience in an exclusive location: Grab the wheel at the BMW Performance Center in Thermal, California.

A fleet of BMW, John Cooper Works MINI, professional instructors and a closed track; it’s all here at the BMW Performance Center in Thermal, California.

Nestled in the Coachella Valley desert, surrounded by palm trees and mountains, lies the BMW Performance Center in Thermal, California. It’s the closed course driving facility where you can get behind the wheel of a BMW or MINI on a racetrack and learn how to accelerate, brake, corner, and drift. Fast.
There are classes and experiences for every skill level including our One and Two Day Car Control Clinics for both adults and teens, a variety of M Schools and multiple action-packed track drive experiences. Get your adrenaline pumping as the RPMs climb and the on-track challenges get exciting. If you’ve always wanted to experience what a BMW can really do, we’ve got a fleet of brand new Ultimate Driving Machines® waiting for you to get behind the wheel.
We’re also the home of the new MINI Motoring School, which offers autocross, track and for the movie buff, stunt-driving courses (after all, we are just 2 hours from Los Angeles). Each class is taught by professional driving instructors, with years of combined experience, who will encourage you to push the limits, and stay safe while having fun. If you have a team or clients you’d like to host, you’ll find us well equipped for corporate events and group outings. With free WiFi, large multimedia-capable conference rooms and gourmet catering, we offer the perfect mix of team-building track exercises and convenient workspaces that will make it a day your team won’t forget. When it’s time to refuel or complement a great day at the Driving School, top-shelf cuisine from renowned Chef Cody Buchholz is on the menu. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even cocktail receptions can be included and customized with help from our event team. Our coffee bar is open all day for a quick pick-me-up. Our facility also boasts a Gift Shop, loaded with all the BMW and MINI apparel and goodies you could shake a gear shift at.
With beautiful Palm Springs just a short drive away, a full staff ready to assist with your every need and a lot full of BMW and MINI vehicles just waiting for you, the BMW Performance Center offers an exclusive experience, however you choose to spend your day (or two!) here.

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