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      03-14-2006, 01:21 PM   #1
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I'm so excited!!!!

I'm so excited!!! I'm going down to spartanburg in 15 minutes. Then tomorrow I start a two day driving course at the BMW performance center. I will post pics when I get back. I consider this the best form of test drive available.
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      03-14-2006, 01:30 PM   #2
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      03-14-2006, 09:49 PM   #4
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I've done a few courses at the performance center, and now I dicided to do a two day course. I always push the car to the limit, you only have limited time in someone elses car, so I go for it.
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what do you mean in someone else's car? does that mean that someone else also drives your car? or is it all BMW's BMWs???

that Z4 M is so sexy!!
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Day One at the course

I arrived at the performance center a liitle early, about 7:45am. I went in and filled out the waiver form. Everyone else started to appear. The course started off on time at 8:30am. We started in the classroom for a half our session. The instructors intruduced themselves. First was Larry, an older guy who has done some pro-racing for shelby in the past. Next was Donny, another older guy who also has done pro-racing. Then finally Allison, a women maybe in her thirties, who is work toward a pro-racing deal in stock cars. Larry gave the verbal instruction. We spoke a lot about contact patches on tires and how acceleration and braking adjust the variations in contact patch size, and how this affects handling. They we got put into groups of two. I was put with Steve in car #2. Our first event was a slalom course to get used to the vehicles handling and to increase your confidence. We also went on to the autocross for some hot laps. Another event was understeer/oversteer on the skidpad. We did this with the DSC on and off. That system is absolutely amazing. We went onto the upper skidpad and set up a little race, which they call a Rat race. What they do is set up a large oval and soak the track in water. Two people start off on opposite sides of the oval next to a cone. The first person to pass their cone after five laps is the winner. So we had a mini contest, which I won by a close margin. We also did a braking exercise and a emergency lane change exercise. The lane change was by far the most annoying event trying to avoid the cones, which luckily I did. We finish the day off with a timed trial around the autocross course. I came third out of eight people. 1st position was 25.3 secs, 2nd position was 25.8 and my time was 26.3 secs. A wierd thing was that on one car the ABS failed and all four wheel locked up and the guy skided over a cone and blew the front drivers side tire. So thats the event for day one. I didn't have time to take pictures, Sorry!

I forgot to mention that the British Press were here today driving the hell out a bunch of Z4 M roadsters. That was the coolest thing to watch. they were doing hot laps and driving on the skid pad. They were spinning out on the skidpad and the course they set up for the journalists. Those guys can drive.
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Day two was fantastic. We started the day off with a slalom to get us loosened up ready for the days events. We did highway speed braking. We started at 55mph then moved up in 5mph increments to 70mph. We went back onto the skidpad and spent move time with oversteer. We put the cars into sport mode and blipped the throttle to get the back end loose. Drifting is pointless, but great fun. We did a timed slalom course, which I won . We went "offroad" in X3s . We continued working on emergency lane changing, except today we did a double emergency lane change. In the space provided I managed to pull off 50mph three times, clipping a cone on the second run. 55mph is very hard to pull off. Then to finish off the day we got to drive a M3, M5, 650i and 760i around a circuit. That was awesome the M5 has some serious power. The M3 was the most fun through the slalom. the 650i sounds awesome a pulls like a mule, it handles really well (it was my favorite to drive). the 760i was hilarious, you can tell it is made for luxury. you enter a corner and turn, but nothing happens. the engine is sudate and you know why its the flagship. Emphasis on SHIP. It feels like a barge in corners. I can't wait to see the M6 if the 650i felt that stable.

I highly recommend this course to everyone. It teaches you a lot about vehicle dynamics and the instructors spend more time with you how to go the fastest through a corner. Next stop for me, M-school.
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I took the Two-day course, which carries on from the One-day course. The cost is $895. and is well worth the money.

One-Day School
This one-day program emphasizes professional driving theory, supported by hands-on practice. Accident avoidance maneuvers and car-control skills are developed on several areas of the Performance Driving Course, including the water wall corridor, ultra-slick skid pad, slalom course, autocross circuit and lifestyle course. The instructors stress learning by doing, with plenty of opportunity for practice. Cost of school is $550 per person.

Two-Day School
This two-day session picks up where the One-Day School ends. Participants spend more time on the skid pad and gain an in-depth understanding of the active safety technology to become safer, more responsible drivers. A portion of the second day is spent in a number of different BMW vehicles to demonstrate differences in vehicle dynamics. Cost of school is $895 per person.
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