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      03-12-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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My First Track Day (e92 335i)

My first track day was a very fun, very humbling experience. I have driven in canyons my whole life living in California, but holy shit!!! My first session I went out alone, the next I went with an instructor, and the third I went alone again.

The first session was pretty intimidating even for an experienced driver never being on the track. I was in the beginner group and was just trying to learn the correct lines, apexes, etc. while getting a feel for the speed and intensity of the whole experience.

The second session the instructor took me out and drove a few laps showing me the correct lines of the track and how hard I can take the corners.. pretty much all the basics. Flash forward to the end of the day his first lap was 5 seconds better than my best. I have a new found respect for professional drivers, he got in my car and straight up and drove it better then I ever had in 2 years, of course hes a pro, but I was still humbled.

My third session out I started to get the hang of the course and my own personal limitations being a rookie, needless to say.. Cant wait to get more track time under my belt.. IM HOOKED!!

Notes from my trip:
- The oil temps did get high, an aftermarket oil cooler is smart.
- I'm running a stock FMIC, my obvious next upgrade.
- Get a better nights sleep (3 hours is rough..)
- Damn glad I sprung for the instructor...
- I should have done this sooner!




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Hey Nick, nice to meet you at the track. It's always nice to see some E9x's out on track. Hope to see you at future events.
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What track did you go to?

I was wondering about going to the track with my 335 but also worried about high temps with the turbos. Did you have the oem oil cooler? I was wondering if the oem oil cooler will suffice since that is what I currently have.

Btw, nice photo!
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Congrats to the OP for a memorable 1st track experience. It sounds like you came with a lot more experience than most. 5 secs slower than an instructor in a car he's probably going 8/10ths in (cuz he doesn't know your car) is not shabby at all.

I really liked the fact that you didn't go in as one of the 'cocky' types. Big thumbs up for you.

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I was wondering about going to the track with my 335 but also worried about high temps with the turbos. Did you have the oem oil cooler? I was wondering if the oem oil cooler will suffice since that is what I currently have.
Yes, OEM oil cooler is ok for first few track events, unless you sign up for a summer 90-100F event. Then, it might be hit and miss. But chances are you won't be pushing your car that hard the 1st day. The OP was one of the rare few who knew his car really well, so his oil temps probably got a lot higher than most 1st timers. Still, he didn't overheat either. Sign up and have fun!
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The track was Willow Springs, The Streets of Willow course in CA. It's a small & technical with 2 minor straights. Yeah, I have an OEM oil cooler, and i think all three 335s there were running stock oil coolers.

Vince nice meeting you too, see you at the next event.. and nice driving btw
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The track was Willow Springs, The Streets of Willow course in CA. It's a small & technical with 2 minor straights. Yeah, I have an OEM oil cooler, and i think all three 335s there were running stock oil coolers.
Yes, I have the OEM oil cooler. Since the ambient temp at the track last Friday was around mid 60s to just about 70, the OEM oil cooler was fine. I think this highest oil temp I saw was about 290.

Nick, what did you end up with? Did you improve on your time? I posted my best lap here, http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=500890.
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You beat me by a good 10secs. Cool vid watching it makes me see some things I could of done better.
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My first track day was a very fun, very humbling experience. I have driven in canyons my whole life living in California, but holy shit!!! My first session I went out alone, the next I went with an instructor, and the third I went alone again.

The first session was pretty intimidating even for an experienced driver never being on the track. I was in the beginner group and was just trying to learn the correct lines, apexes, etc. while getting a feel for the speed and intensity of the whole experience.

The second session the instructor took me out and drove a few laps showing me the correct lines of the track and how hard I can take the corners.. pretty much all the basics. Flash forward to the end of the day his first lap was 5 seconds better than my best. I have a new found respect for professional drivers, he got in my car and straight up and drove it better then I ever had in 2 years, of course hes a pro, but I was still humbled.

My third session out I started to get the hang of the course and my own personal limitations being a rookie, needless to say.. Cant wait to get more track time under my belt.. IM HOOKED!!

Notes from my trip:
- The oil temps did get high, an aftermarket oil cooler is smart.
- I'm running a stock FMIC, my obvious next upgrade.
- Get a better nights sleep (3 hours is rough..)
- Damn glad I sprung for the instructor...
- I should have done this sooner!




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Congrats, sounds like a good time.

You definitely need a good night rest before getting on the track.

What kind of tires are you on? and what setting did you have the coils set to?
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