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    A day at Nürburgring Nordschleife

    Hi!

    Yesterday I went to the Nordschleife which is only 70KM from my home. I arrived there at 4.pm at it was crowed. The traffic at Döttinger Höhe reached back all the straight. I decided to wait, took a seat in the sun and had fun with all those cars. New GT3s from Finland, GT2s and some Ferraris. There was on 360 Modena tuned by Digitec ...what a sound.

    After one hour I started for my first lap. My car, a 2001 996 with nothing in it just Sportseats,SportExhaust and Sport Design Tires. Further more i put off some weight ( backseats, emergency wheel (?) etc. )

    I drove 3 laps and it was a perfect ride. The 996 is not so slow as some may think. I like it.

    Afterwards i was talking to a guy with a M3 CSL. The car looks superb, has a brilliant sound. We went for another lap until we decided to switch cars.
    Well ... that's a car made for this. But the very best in the sequential shifting. In the 996 i have to be very concentrated to use the correct gear and it really bothers me not to have both hands on the wheel. With the BMW, it's pure racing fun!

    As I was thinking of buying a M3CSL .. i think, the day yesterday helped me a lot in my decision.

    Secondly I hope that Porsche is going to present a sequential shifting for the 997, at least as an option maybe 2005.

    Michael

    Re: A day at Nürburgring Nordschleife

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    Secondly I hope that Porsche is going to present a sequential shifting for the 997, at least as an option maybe 2005.



    although i'm not a fan of sequential shift systems and love porsche's 6 speed manual i agree that they are really behind regarding tranny technology.

    my guess is that we'll see the double clutch system ("DSG") that VW introduced for the R32 golf and the 3.2 V6 audi TT and A3 as an option for the 997.


    BMW M3 at Nürburgring

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    Afterwards i was talking to a guy with a M3 CSL. The car looks superb, has a brilliant sound. We went for another lap until we decided to switch cars. Well ... that's a car made for this.



    Was that the M3 with the early engine that blew on the track and dumped a few hundred metres of oil at the exit of a blind corner just before Hohe Acht resulting in a biker going down? No I guess not as that was slightly earlier in the day ....

    But I do think it is about time BMW bit the bullet and took all of those engines out of circulation. They are proving to be quite dangerous.

    The closure really was incredible. Traffic stationary everywhere. The photo below was taken on the approach road from Nürburg.

    Glad you enjoyed your time at the Ring.

    Stephen
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    Re: BMW M3 at Nürburgring

    Hi!

    No ... I remember the oil just before "Hohe Acht". But that wasn't the CSL of the guy I met.

    I hope it wasn't the last sunny day this year so that i can go once more to the Nürburgring this year. I still have on ticket left ... Maybe it would be nice to meet some of our Forum members there sometime. As i go alone there, that would be a nice Abwechslung (?)

    Well .. regarding the CSL. I dont know. My leasing contract is running til October 2004. And I received a special offer from Porsche Financial to lease a new 996 now, drive it for 18 month and get the 997 then, again new car. Sounds good, isn't it?

    Re: BMW M3 at Nürburgring

    yep, i absolutely love the SMG in our M3 and wish it was in every car we owned. i too think it's fantastic to be able to leave both hands on the wheel all the time and hate to admit i don't mind the heel/toe shifting being done for me.

     
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