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      11-11-2012, 11:14 PM   #14
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Drives: 11 E90 M3 Individual
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Location: Wichita, KS

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2004 BMW M3  [4.50]
2011 BMW E90 M3  [5.00]
2013 BMW 328i  [5.00]
If you can slow down the videos you'll notice that my front tires are always pointed in the intended direction of travel, despite where the nose of the car is pointed. I'm just letting the rear go where it wants to go but keeping it in control with throttle.You have to let go of the steering wheel because the momentum of the back end and the grip of the front tires will keep the car going in the intended direction while making the steering adjustment for you. You cannot turn the wheel fast enough yourself. If you don't let the steering wheel travel freely then you basically shift weight off of one side of car and then the front end starts to chase the back end...hence a spin. The tricky part to learn is when to catch the wheel. At some point, you want to hold the rear in place so you can ease off the throttle and get everything back in line.

You do need to anticipate the rear coming around quickly to allow the steering wheel to spin. If you are a tad slow you will oscillate. I also learned the good thing about the E9X M3 is it has a LOT of opposite lock so you can get the car super sideways and hold it if you've got the cajones.

Again, I did one drift practice and I learned a ton from it. I credit those 3 hours and 2 rear tires with really increasing my confidence on the track. Car setup is not that different apparently. You want it to handle as balanced as the track. I highly recommend to at least try drifting with a good instructor at least once!
2015 F34 328iX GT Glacier Silver
2011 E90 M3 Monte Carlo Blue
2004 E46 M3 Imola Red

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