Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Team Goes To Radford Racing School!


Owning a high performance car does not automatically mean that you have the skills to manage that performance. We’ve all seen the videos on the interwebs, heard about ultra-rare Porsches and such being completely written off. But the Plastic Cup Boyz, the group of longtime friends who make up Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew, won’t be another viral bait.

How? ‘Or’ What? By learning advanced car control techniques at Radford Running School, then scanning the autocross course to find out who’s the best driver in the crew.

Radford Racing School, the world’s first high performance driving school

The best way to learn to control a powerful car (or any car, for that matter) is under the guidance of a professional. So, just find a professional racer and rent a track for a few days and go to town, right? Maybe if you are Kevin Hart and can afford it, but there is a better and much more fiscally reasonable way: High Performance Driving School. Rather than having to shoulder the cost of finding monitors, locations, and vehicles (along with all the different insurance policies) yourself, a successful driving school does it all for you.

Radford Running School (formerly Bondurant High Performance Driving School) is one of the oldest, most technically diverse and best driving schools in the world. No other driving school offers as many courses as Radford, ranging from: basic car check for new drivers, Dodge’s SRT Experience for Hellcat owners, kart school, open wheel racing school and even a course to earn your NHRA 9-second drag racing license in one of the fastest production cars of all time, the Dodge Demon. In addition, the runway is brand new and the facilities were completely renovated during the pandemic shutdown period. Located in Chandler, Arizona, the Radford Racing School is just a short drive from the Los Angeles Plastic Cup Boyz.

Advanced car control techniques: spot your arrival and weight transfer

The first rule of driving any type of vehicle is to keep your eyes pointed in the direction in which you want to go. If you look away from your destination, your course will drift and this can lead to bad situations. Of course, this is the first lesson the guys from Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Team learn at Radford. The next concept Radford instructors teach Plastic Cup Boyz is weight transfer and how it can affect handling.

When a car accelerates, the torsional forces of the transmission and tires interacting with the road surface cause the front to lift. As the front of the car rises, the center of gravity (COG) shifts rearward and the rear wheels have more traction. The exact opposite occurs when braking; the front dives and the COG is moved to the front of the car and the front wheels are more weighted. Harnessing this weight transfer allows professional drivers to get the most out of a vehicle, using weight transfer to load and unload tires as the situation requires.

Some of the crew had somewhat better driving experience than others. Joey Wells told us, “The only performance driving experience I had before Radford was kart racing. However, it won’t be my last time. I had a bullet. NASCAR, beware! Joey may not have John Cluasell’s flair for style (vroom, vroom!), but each of the Plastic Cup Boyz now has a much better understanding of what actual control of the car is like.

After a day of instruction on the skidpad, it’s time to bring out the cones, stopwatches and Hellcat Redeye Challengers! Which of the Plastic Cup Boyz did Radford learn the most? Sign up for your free trial of the MotorTrend app-the only place to look Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Team learn more about automotive culture – to find out.


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