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German motoring organisation, ADAC, the largest in Europe, picked the British brand ahead of some mighty German competition. It will use a fleet of 100 MG ZR hot hatch cars at its 60 training centres around the country. Drivers will learn the safe way to handle a high performance car, on ADAC's purpose-built handling areas, which simulate difficult driving conditions such as heavy rain, ice and snow.
Around 140,000 drivers a year choose to improve their knowledge and skill by visiting an ADAC centre.
"The MG ZR was selected for its superb handling feel and powerful performance. It also has loads of youth appeal, that will attract young drivers to the training centres," said Rod Ramsay, MG Rover managing director, sales and marketing.
ADAC instructors will use the MG ZR 160, which has excellent driving dynamics, powerful acceleration (0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds) and a top speed of 131 mph.
The first MG ZRs arrive in March, at the newly opened ADAC centre in Grevenbroich, near Düsseldorf. Based on an area of approximately 12 hectares, this is currently the most modern and sophisticated of the ADAC driving safety centres.