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Old 11-15-2008, 05:26 PM   #1
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Hi,
I have been around (more or less passively) on this forum for some time now so I though it was time to talk a little bit about my ride and share some pictures taken on the track.


My car is a (aging) 2002 M3 that I bought 3 years ago. Put 36k miles on it and now it clocks 70k miles. Everything is stock except the Alpine iDA-X100 (that I warmly recommend for mp3s and HD radio) and Power Slot Rotors with Hawk pads that replaced the worn-out OEM parts.

Mandatory custom shot:


Now the interesting part. For the 3rd time this year I attempt a 2 days driving school at Infineon (on the full track, not the Nascar version). Again I had a huge blast and I though I would share some of the pictures that were taken by the official photograph of the event (please notice and respect the copyright).
I have to remember to take my camera next time because each time there was some very nice cars (Viper ACR, GT2 and GT3 RS, GT-R, AC Cobra 427 race spec, F430 Challenge, Gallardo, Murcielago, Z06, Lotus Exige…).

Enjoy!
Turn 6 (aka tire killer):


Turn 2 (scary one with the wall very close... no room for error as for most of the turns @Infineon):


Turn 2 chasing a Dinan M5:



Turn 8a:


turn 11:



We had a rainy day, but no pb I lived in France, England and Switzerland for 27 years, so I am not scared wet conditions.
Turn 12:


Turn 2 (note how fare from the apex I need to avoid pothole full of water and slippery paint):




Tires after 3 track days (yep BMW under-steer like crazy…) :

Still have enough thread left for San Francisco's winter but I will have to change them next year (or maybe not as I plan to change the whole car).

Enjoy!
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Old 11-15-2008, 05:55 PM   #2
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Awesome car!

Im glad its getting the use it deserves!
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:51 PM   #3
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Great car!
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:01 AM   #4
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Awesome car man. Haha, if you think your car is old, you should see my 98 E36 M3. Now that is really old.

Great color by the way!
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:38 AM   #5
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nice pictures my favorite BMW
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:48 PM   #6
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I love the E46, that engine is fabulous, just hope it's not an SMG.
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:22 PM   #7
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M3's understeer? That's a first... Get back on the throttle earlier!
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:00 PM   #8
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Thanks guys for all the good words, yes it's a fantastic car.

Originally Posted by pitfield View Post
I love the E46, that engine is fabulous, just hope it's not an SMG.
Yes it's an SMG. Trust me I hated at the beginning, but now I am use to it. For everyday use once you learn how to use it (ie anticipating lag in reaction and feeding correctly the gas pedal when up/downshifting) it's a good/ok gearbox. For heel and toe training I still have my wife's Miata

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M3's understeer? That's a first... Get back on the throttle earlier!
I know it sounds strange for an M3 but I talk to instructors and owners of prepared M3 and they all told me the same thing: it's a "safety feature" of 99% of road cars.
I don't think that getting on the gas early will correct this behavior, it will just upset the car and I will eventually finish in the wall... I could eventually slam it after the apex but that's not when the understeering is bad, it's during the 1/3rd part of the turn, before the apex.
There is a solution to correct this understeer which consists of installing camber plates and put at least 3deg of camber (the max with the stock car is 1 deg) but I don't feel like modifying the car as 1) it is my everyday car and 2) I will change it next year.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:13 PM   #9
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why are u changing it?
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:13 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by CarlZ View Post
why are u changing it?
This sounds familiar
Honestly the ride is a little ruff for everyday use. I am living in San Francisco where the streets and surrounding highways are awful. I think the heavy 19'' wheels and stock suspensions don't help but I don't really want to spend $5K on a car that now worth ~$20K. I will leave the joy of customization and pimping to the next owner.
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