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      10-06-2007, 02:30 PM   #20
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Join Date: Aug 2005
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Here are a few pictures from the trip.

We stayed at the Dorint Hotel at the Nurburgring. The rooms looked right out onto the Nurburgring GP track and Nordshleife:

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On Monday night, there was a dinner in the BMW VIP suite at the GP circuit:

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After dinner there was a presentation covering the Nordshleife and BMW's history of motorsport success:

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After dinner and the presentation, we were taken to one of the GP circuit garages for the presentation of the M3:

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We were given champagne and there was a presentation on the exterior design elements of the car. I did not get any really good pictures of the presentation car, but it was white with 19s and it looked stunning.

There were also dispalys of various technical components of the car, including the carbon roof:

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The next morning started early at the GP track. It was stunning to see all of the M3s ready for action:

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We drove the cars on the track in various exercises and for complete laps of the "sprint" version of the GP circuit. The car really sounds amazing.
The brakes (with race pads) withstood continuous lapping with no detectable fade. We were not permitted to drive with DSC completely off, but I found that M dynamic mode allowed a good amount of slip and rotation before interfering. I found that the car "worked" best with EDC in "normal" mode. (More about this later. . .)

The next day, we had a tour of the GP circuit and visited the Nurburgring museum. We took a tour of the M testing center in Nurburg, which included a very informative and interesting presentation by the engineer in chanrge of suspension and kinematics for all M cars. Later that day, we had a go-kart competition, which actually turned out to be a lot of fun and very competitive.

To be continued. . .
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