Originally Posted by captainaudio
The driver makes a huge difference. Watch a "Spec" racing series where the cars are absolutly identical. In the Skip Barber Series they test the cars with a pro driver and radar guns to see make sure they are as identical in performance as humanly possible. At the end of the race some of the drivers are laps behind. I have seen M3 drivers get their clocks cleaned by Miatas with better drivers.,
Just because a particular car got around the Nurbergring fast with a world class driver at the wheel does not mean that the average driver can duplicate that perfrormance. Some cars that don't look all that impressive on paper are much easier to drive at the limit. Other cars that look impressive on paper can be a handful to drive and downright treacherous in the hands of an inexperienced driver (prime example - early Porsche 911s).
To think that because Hans Schtuck can get a car particular car around the Nurbergring fast you can do it too is like thinking that if get a Fender Stratocaster you are going to be able to play like Eric Clapton.
After many years of instruction with somre of the best coaches in the business I learned two important things.
1. I am a much better driver than I was.
2. I am nowhere near as good a drivers as I thought I was.
One last thought - any one who pushes a car like an M3 to its limits on public roads has a few screws loose.
+1, so true.
Most folks can't come close to the performance number posted in the magazines. The overall driving experience is much more important than some magazine derived numbers.