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Will keep this short but i took the tii to the bmw driving weekend at the track in the blue (intermediate) group and with 195/60/14 falken 615k's, ireland engineering suspension setup (see their "performance street" parts list) and a healthy dose of testicles. i lapped a z4, 911 (997) and held my own. Only the 911 turbos and e90 m3's were passing me. No rubbing. I was told i was often on thee wheels.

Looking forward to day two. Just try to wipe the smile off my face!post-43382-0-66054600-1377386975_thumb.j

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@Gliding Serpent: Glad to hear you had a great time out on the track. It is fun to see how easy these old cars are to manipulate on the race track.   I'd suggest you do a post-track nut and bolt tightness check. You would be surprised how things will loosen after the car gets a good workout.

 

Woohoo!

 

iphones are set in landscape -- you should hold them sideways when snapping pics.

 

Have fun!

I am left handed and like using my left index finger to snap the picture. All my landscape pics in the iPhone are upside down and must be rotated/edited on the PC.

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About to go to bed and will post action shots later... But the car was pretty popular... Everyone came to check it out and many heads turned when i pulled into the pits (surrounded by 911 turbos and m3's and boss 302's).

I met my booked instructor (guest instructor... President From ontario bmw club), and the montreal club president (another guest intructor) basically said, move along, this is my student now. I guess he had a couple of tii's in the past. I had an absolute blast with him. he was egging me on and he had me doing lots of throttle oversteer for the pure fun of it. Did get a little time with my original instructor on day two before he had to fly home.

I Finished the second part of day two with a third instructor. He did not know the car at all. when he asked what to expect i said "no surprises really, and it is very tossable and predictable and gives you a ton of feedback". When he got out to switch to me he was grinning ear to ear. He said he had no idea what to expect, but really had a blast. I dont think he wanted to switch over to me.

To be honest if you gave me a choice of lapping in any car out there, and there were some hot cars, i would have chosen my tii. Smiles per hour were off the chart.

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bravo!

 

everyone should take their 2002 to the track at least once in its life.  there is no other place to let it have the fun it was designed for.

 

interesting...instructors drive students cars?  I only do that on the very rare occasion where a student isn't getting it and i don't have my own car at the track to take them out in.  too many liability issues associated with driving someone else's car on a track....

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bravo!

everyone should take their 2002 to the track at least once in its life. there is no other place to let it have the fun it was designed for.

interesting...instructors drive students cars? I only do that on the very rare occasion where a student isn't getting it and i don't have my own car at the track to take them out in. too many liability issues associated with driving someone else's car on a track....

The visiting instructors had me do all the driving, but both knew 2002's. I suspect that was the standard for them. In our school you are matched with someone with a similar car, and your instructor does the first lap or two of each session to show you the line or techniques or whatever. Then you pit and switch for the rest of the session. As the weekend goes on they will often just let me do the driving.

I liked the extra seat time with the visiting instructors, but during one lull i had the most experienced local driver take me out for four laps with him driving, and i can tell you i learned a ton. By the third lap he was pulling sickening speeds and using every inch of the track all while talking me through it step by step. He had a 2002 many years prior.

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Track time in an '02 is fun. I wasnt able to do any events this year due to my wife and I opening up a business. Next year I should be back on track.

 

Yes, on a 2002, every nut and bolt will vibrate off the car. Seriously. Putting a wrench on every nut and bolt is necessary both before and after an event.

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Are there any similar events on the left coast?

 

You might also look at VARA's racing/performance driving school coming in January (attached is flyer from last year - 2014 date will be known soon). You'll learn plenty, and have a great time - feel free to contact me for more info, or ask Jeff / Jeremy about it the next time you're talking to the guys at Ireland Engineering. -KB

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