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Old 01-19-2013, 07:40 PM
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The good stuff is coming - I'm just too exhausted to write right now. Until I recover, the pictures will have to suffice. I'm traveling home tomorrow (7.5 to 8 hours), so hopefully I can get to writing tomorrow.

My quick summary of impressions after the last 2 days is as follows:
1. M5 and M6 are blisteringly fast and really, really good.
2. The M3 was my favorite around the track. I've said for a long time around here that I adore the M3, and that held true today. It's ridiculous what can be done in that car and how even an idiot like me can do amazing things - even if I did find myself a few feet off an apex on several occasions. I could be going sideways at really high speeds and think, "this is fun, and I should do that again." In the M6, it was more like, "holy crap, I have no idea how fast I was going, I very nearly lost it, and I don't think I'll be doing that again..."
3. While the M3 was my favorite around the track, the interior is just as I remembered it. As a daily driver, I just couldn't live with that dated, plasticky interior. The car is astonishing to drive - I'd say the best driver's car for under $100k - but I know on a daily basis the HUD, Nappa, etc. are more important to me than how long and how fast I can go sideways. As for correcting oversteer and understeer (situations more likely seen in the real world), I think the M5 and M6 were just as easy to save from a nasty wipeout.
4. The NA V8 in the M3 is a gift from the Bavarian God of Thunder. I didn't see it on day 1 when we used it for some minor exercises, but after today - getting up to nearly triple digit speeds at times and revving the hell outta that engine - I am a believer. The noise coming out of corners and hitting the long straights was brilliant and puts the 650i's M Sport exhaust to shame. Down low it's underwhelming, but give it the ol' lead foot, and it sings.
5. The M5 is an unfathomable beast. The instructors used them for their hot laps laden with probably 800 pounds of people, and they did things a car that big and heavy shouldn't do. Drifting around sweeping corners at > 100 mph is an insane sensation. These drivers deserve a great deal of the credit - great guys with crazy skills - but the cars are praiseworthy.

That's all for now - so much for being short lol. I can only say so much typing this on my phone half asleep in bed
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