Originally from Bogota Colombia, Rafael Torres started karting when he was eight years of age before finding his calling in Road Racing in his family owned Touring car. A three-time German Touring Series Champion in the USA with countless podiums and multiple lap records, Rafael is passionate about driver development, sharing his knowledge and years of tire testing and technical expertise gained from building racecars, driving touring cars and prototypes. His specialist areas are one-on-one video, data, and car to car instruction.
Rafael spent many years with Skip Barber Racing School teaching open wheel and sedan racing. When not instructing, you can find him at a track racing, coaching or at the BMW Driving School in South Carolina, where he currently works as a driver and instructor.
He holds two international and one domestic instructor certifications and has taken multiple courses in Vehicle Applied Dynamics with SAE. He is also certified in Multiple Intelligence allowing him to tap into the psychology of the driver which includes learning strategies to work with dyslexic drivers.
He uses his Mechanical and Fabrication skills for car setup, development, and troubleshooting on track. These skills led him to work for many years as a Technical Inspector with IMSA, and also as an independent test driver for Michelin and BFGoodrich (both domestic and abroad).