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      09-17-2008, 03:58 PM   #23
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awesome great stuff
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      09-17-2008, 05:55 PM   #24
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Wow very nice indeed, would love to drive that track.
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      09-17-2008, 06:14 PM   #25
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I'm jealous! I would love to do this one day
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how much was all this ?? like TOTAL , with hotel, admission food ect !!! please ??

great review btw did not read it all lol , just came from school and my mind is not recording what i am reading !!!!
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....I read that you have Solo2 experience? You will definitely be able to use your car control skills but you will need to get use to the speed (everybody does )
Thats what will be interesting. As you know you are hard pressed to go much over 60-70 at Solo2 events... The tech stuff does not bother me, its just doing it all again at 140+. Maybe I'll do a local SoCal race school then sign up for Advanced M as it does sound like a blast.

Might be a good X-Mas gift to me!!!
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      09-17-2008, 06:56 PM   #28
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Thats what will be interesting. As you know you are hard pressed to go much over 60-70 at Solo2 events... The tech stuff does not bother me, its just doing it all again at 140+. Maybe I'll do a local SoCal race school then sign up for Advanced M as it does sound like a blast.

Might be a good X-Mas gift to me!!!

If you have done some SCCA events, I would say you have more experience than many in the program but if you are a maniac then never mind
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      09-17-2008, 07:28 PM   #29
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      09-17-2008, 08:21 PM   #30
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T-Bone, I hope they don't phase out the MT cars! I went down to do one at the performance center and I loved it also, BMW really does know how to do this! Heel toe is an awesome skill and something to be proud of as a performance driver! Honestly I don't heel and toe on the street often, but once you are going through some mountain passes it's a necessary skill. Reading this makes me want to get back on the track!
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      09-17-2008, 09:11 PM   #31
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Hey T, do SMG's have the so called "lag" between pulling the paddles and actuation of shifts? Or does the "lag" vary just like the DCT?
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      09-17-2008, 09:13 PM   #32
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T-Bone, I hope they don't phase out the MT cars! I went down to do one at the performance center and I loved it also, BMW really does know how to do this! Heel toe is an awesome skill and something to be proud of as a performance driver! Honestly I don't heel and toe on the street often, but once you are going through some mountain passes it's a necessary skill. Reading this makes me want to get back on the track!
I agree, it is a niche within a dying skill of driving a manual. But if I were a business guy running this program, I would remove more barriers for people signing up.

The fear of driving manual is real, particularly on a track where mistakes are not tolerated.


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Hey T, do SMG's have the so called "lag" between pulling the paddles and actuation of shifts? Or does the "lag" vary just like the DCT?
No lags in SMG. I wanted to see the DCT lag at the track but I didn't drive one there, yet.
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      09-17-2008, 09:15 PM   #33
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I agree, it is a niche within a dying skill of driving a manual. But if I were a business guy running this program, I would remove more barriers for people signing up.

The fear of driving manual is real, particularly on a track where mistakes are not tolerated.




No lags in SMG. I wanted to see the DCT lag at the track but I didn't drive one there, yet.
thanks for the quick reply.
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      09-18-2008, 07:56 AM   #34
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Nice writeup. There's an article in this months Bimmer magazine (Issue 78, November) with an article on the Advanced M School at VIR also, if you want to read more about it.
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      09-18-2008, 09:10 AM   #35
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I definitely agree! The BMW M school was a blast when I went. One instructor told us to " drive the M cars like we stole 'em", hah.
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this is def on my to-do list
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      09-18-2008, 01:28 PM   #37
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Gonna ask the wife to let me do this as my birthday present
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      09-19-2008, 03:34 PM   #38
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Nice report!

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In fact, without strategizing braking points, heel-n-toe points, shift points, I find that your mind has more time to think about other things, and perhaps this is the one factor that people rarely discuss between the 2 technologies. I found I had more time thinking about braking points, throttle modulation, bracing with the SMG. With the 6MT, you were always busy....but I must readily admit, I loved going through the gears manuallly
the truth is tho once you get it right, you are driving in your sub-conscience where your brain processes things a million time faster.
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the truth is tho once you get it right, you are driving in your sub-conscience where your brain processes things a million time faster.
Sure but I was learning the track and learning how the car handled at 150 mph. So I will be a bit cautious at first


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Gonna ask the wife to let me do this as my birthday present
One of the guys had his wife give this as a present, he was very happy.
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      09-19-2008, 07:11 PM   #40
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I just got my DVDs from Advanced M School @ VIR today... I loved all the cars so much, I want one of each. I saw 150 in the M5 HUD on numerous occasions. Even on the hot lap with an instructor, I don't think we went much faster than that (tho how he got to 6th on the back straight without short shifting I couldn't figure).

I didn't have the balls to enter the high-speed esses quite as fast as OP but eventually worked up to about 100MPH entry. On the hot lap the instructor entered them at 110+! Scary fast.

Tremendous instruction... Incredible cars... I can't recommend this program highly enough.
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      09-21-2008, 01:39 PM   #41
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Sick.

I love how all the cars were lined up like Go-Karts at the track. M cars EVERYWHERE. $4G isn't bad considering things are covered.
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