Originally Posted by mastek
Yes - the driver is a BIG part of a lap time - hence the Randy Pobst 1:42 in a "bone stock" car (im glad u believe everything you read in a "Car&Driver/MotorTrend" magazine) cough pads cough tires
Not to resurrect a dead horse, but...
Here's the video of Randy Pobst's 1:42.96 lap:
Sounds like crappy street tires to me. Brakes? Who knows? But he didn't seem to be be doing a lot of braking.
I did a 1:45.86 in a very heavy (3975 pounds w/driver) e90 M3 on stock suspension and street tires (albeit good ones - RS3s) at Laguna on Monday on a pretty sloppy lap. So I can definitely believe someone like Pobst could pull a 1:42.96 with a bone stock E92 M3 (probably 200+ pounds lighter than my car).