What is interesting is that with a E36 M3 sedan (with cams, 280 hP) I ran that sam configuration at Reno-Fernley in 2:26.9. Their 414 hp M3 ran it in 2:34.2. I did have Toyo RA1 tires (worth about 4 seconds per lap) and a street/track suspension, but geez. Makes me wonder how bad the test driver was in this comparo.
Driving sideways: It's not faster, but damn it's more fun!