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      11-30-2012, 08:53 AM   #23
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I agree. Throw a Quaife plus coilovers into the 335i and you'll be close to the M3 in cornering speeds, and pull away from it in the straights.

The AP Racing brakes are great. IRRC Tony uses a track compound on the track, as opposed to the normal pad compound for the street. Having changed my stock brakes recently to a Performance Friction BBK I can assure it's a big difference. Vastly superior also to the M3 brakes.

In 3rd? I get a christmas tree in my dashboard even in 5th gear when it's not totally dry. In third gear I can provoke wheelspin at leisure even when it's dry and I'm on my summer tyres. The torque is addictive though.

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With that kind of power Marcel, I would assume you would be driving with all the aids completely off!!!... as they do use up your rear brake pads!...
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      11-30-2012, 12:04 PM   #24
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With that kind of power Marcel, I would assume you would be driving with all the aids completely off!!!... as they do use up your rear brake pads!...
Errrr no, because with the usual weather in Luxembourg (rain!) that would not be very wise to do in public traffic! When I went out for a lunch break with a (female) colleague of mine and did just a little drifting on an intersection, that did not go down too well with her...

And when I took a friend of mine out for a spin he almost crapped himself when I floored in on the on-ramp of the motorway. I can still hear him shouting and begging to let off the gas...

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      11-30-2012, 12:28 PM   #25
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With that kind of power Marcel, I would assume you would be driving with all the aids completely off!!!... as they do use up your rear brake pads!...
Not really a big issue if you have a LSD. At least I don't notice any extra wear but then again the rear AP pad is more than twice the size of the puny OEM one. My pad wear is definitely from braking hard on track. Even on a dry track you need to think seriously about what you're doing if you turn all the gizmo's off. It only takes a moment lapse of concentration and you are heading backwards into the unknown.

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Errrr no, because with the usual weather in Luxembourg (rain!) that would not be very wise to do in public traffic! When I went out for a lunch break with a (female) colleague of mine and did just a little drifting on an intersection, that did not go down too well with her...

And when I took a friend of mine out for a spin he almost crapped himself when I floored in on the on-ramp of the motorway. I can still hear him shouting and begging to let off the gas...

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before or after lunch? Might be a tad risky after.... Not many expect the rear wheels to spin up on a dry road doing 60mph .

Stop it... you are tempting me .... must resist the urge...
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      11-30-2012, 03:52 PM   #26
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Yeah but you've got a very special set of turbos on yours
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      12-03-2012, 11:17 AM   #27
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Errrr no, because with the usual weather in Luxembourg (rain!) that would not be very wise to do in public traffic! When I went out for a lunch break with a (female) colleague of mine and did just a little drifting on an intersection, that did not go down too well with her...

And when I took a friend of mine out for a spin he almost crapped himself when I floored in on the on-ramp of the motorway. I can still hear him shouting and begging to let off the gas...

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i can just picture it !

prob the last time they go out for lunch with you
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I would strongly recommend going out with an instructor they can encourage you to drive up to the safe limits and give you some really good track tips.

I was with an instructor and was able to outpace and overtake two 911 which were on the track. The track was dry and I was braking so hard the ABS where coming on a few times, and in the corners I was having to slow down due to the 911 just could not handle them. I too have Michelin pilot sports and non-run flats. Even the instructor was amazed with the Alpina road holding. However the Michelins took hammering and now need a new set.

I confess I was underwhelmed with the 911 performance and road holding I expected more, especially to what the press say about them. Has anyone else found this as well? (it could be the two 911 drivers were totally crap drivers)
Yep, I test drove a 911 (997 2s) with 385BHP and -- didnt like it, didnt feel as special or as powerful as the M3, and I hated the gear shifting on the steering wheel. So I got the M3DCT and my god what a car cant wait to get it to a track - that said I did race a 335i on the road and I took him with ease from a 60mph rolling start
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Yep, I test drove a 911 (997 2s) with 385BHP and -- didnt like it, didnt feel as special or as powerful as the M3, and I hated the gear shifting on the steering wheel. So I got the M3DCT and my god what a car cant wait to get it to a track - that said I did race a 335i on the road and I took him with ease from a 60mph rolling start
Im guessing that was a standard 335i?
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      02-07-2013, 11:12 AM   #30
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Im guessing that was a standard 335i?
I would imagine so.
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