HPDE: High Performance Driver Education
Drive Your Car on America's famous Road Courses
You have always wanted to know what “she could do”, but you know the streets and highways are not the place. NASA gives you and your car an easy, safe, and affordable way to get on the track! No speed limits, no pedestrians, but best of all-no tickets. The NASA HPDE provide you with a certified instructor to help guide you through the event, one on one, as you learn how to handle your car at the limit. You set your own goals and go as fast as you feel comfortable going.
Basically, all you need is a safe car and a helmet. The car does not have to be fancy or fast. Students bring everything from a Hyundai to a Ferrari. Read the requirements for the other miscellaneous items required. Get a head start and fill out the required HPDE Tech Inspection Form before your first event!
Anyone who is a member of NASA (or a NASA sanctioned car club, such as INEX) may participate. Minimum age is 18 (16 with parental consent). Many different types of people enter our events. The number of women who are taking our courses has steadily increased and most are very eager to enhance their driving skills. A lot of husbands and wives also team up and use only one car which makes it a little bit more convenient. There are many teenagers and young adults who receive a school entry compliments of their parents who want to teach their kids to be safer drivers. Note– All passengers must be at least 18 years old. Please see section 4.6 of the Club Codes and Regulations.
Body damage to cars very rarely occurs, however you are encouraged to check with your insurance company regarding coverage. Most insurance companies cover damages to your car during the HPDE. Be careful if they tell that it is not covered. Agents have been wrong before. Ask them for a list of “exclusions” in YOUR policy and consult an expert.
The student participants are separated according to their experience level into four basic groups: One, Two, Three, and Four. There are no speed limits in any of the groups, and the novice drivers are assigned instructors for safety reasons.
Run Group Explanation
Group 1 (HPDE-1)
Group 2 (HPDE-2)
Group 3 (HPDE-3)
Group 4 (HPDE-4)
Enter Into A World Of Fun
Learn more about the NASA Driving Experience.
to get started with HPDE
We’re excited to have you aboard. Here are a few more resources to get you started.
- Membership in NASA or a NASA sanctioned club
- Fill out HPDE Tech Inspection Form
- Any car in safe operating condition (from Ferrari to Hyundai)
- Mufflers. Different tracks have different sound policies
- Roll bars in convertible autos
- Seat belts in good working order
- State driver’s license
- Long sleeve shirt and pants (cotton is great)
- A helmet
- Knowledge of the Club Codes and Regulations
- At least 18 years of age (16 w/parental consent)
Time Trial Program- Compete for fastest time against other cars in your class. More information can be found at the NASA Time Trial Website
NASA supports the efforts of the leading safety testing and standards bodies in motorsports today and is a proud member of SFI.
Allowed Convertibles with Stated Factory Rollover Protection
HPDE and Time Trial Only. You can find more information on this Drive NASA forum.