If you want to straight to the Supersprint factory visit and skip the trip down to Italy from Sweden.
This is relevant to all M5 and M6 owners: reviews of the headers for both the V8 and V10 owners. Do not miss the 9 videos of almost an hour below in total.
Quick links to the movies:
1. 300+ km/h on Autobahn
2. Arriving in Monte Carlo via Italy
3. BMW M Roadster Z4 vs BMW M5 E39 standard race on autobahn.
4. Ferrari F430 vs BMW M5 E39 "race" from Monaco to Italy
5. Comparison of Supersprint headers vs standard for V8 and V10 BMW M5
6. BMW M5 E39 on Superspritn Dyno
7. Comparison of standard BMW M6 headers vs Superpsrint headers
8. BMW M6 on the dyno
9. BMW M5 E60 on the dyno.
10. BMW M5 E60 on the dyno second run
The goal was to visit Supersprint in Italy with the joy of driving from Stockholm (click for Google Maps and Satellite view)
via the French Riviera to Monte Carlo (click for Google Maps and Satellite view)
. In total I was gone for less than one week: Friday afternoon to Wednesday the following week.
We started from a Friday afternoon at 3.00 PM
with a clean BMW M5 100% standard except Hartge top speed delimiter (click for an earlier video)
. As an added bonus we also had a new front because of this unfortunate experience
. So no stonechips.
So we started around 3 o'clock from Stockholm, avoidign major queing. We had to take it easy through most of Sweden becuase of for hours we had this freindly car infront of us:
In fact from he was in front of us for hours
so it was legal speeds all the way through Sweden.
We even ended up in queing at the south of Sweden so we decided to take the ferry over Öresund
instead of going over the bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen.
Below was taken at the ferry to Denmark at 7.02 PM
So taking the ferry offered us a good way to take a pause and eat something. Then we had the bad luck of queing through Denmark as well. However we had the luck of bouncing into somethign exotic on the way:
This Porsche 911 Turbo (997) was coinsidentically the very same Porsche 911 Turbo we later should meet up at the m5board.com Koenigsegg airfield exotic shooutout
However since we where travelling in a standard BMW M5 E39 with 400 HP we would not have so much luck in beating this car
, for that a Kelleners Sport BMW M5 E60 with 550 HP is needed
(click for video).
Above we do the second fuel up of our trip, where we lost track of the Porsche 911 Turbo.
Above we are passing a bridge in the dark in Denmark at 8.53 PM.
Above we finally reached the ferry between Rödby and Puttgarten (Click for map).
After the ferry on the unlimited concrete roads of the German Autobahn. It does seem like there is some kind of secondary limiter that sets in at exactly 6500 rpm on 6th gear, since it feels like it can do more.
Video 1 below.
The top speed test. Click here.
6500 rpm on 6th gear with over 300 km/h on the speedometer.
Above you can see the secret function for that reveals the GPS speed in m/s which is 80,8 m/s. Time is 23.20 German time and 22.20 General Mean Time. Click on the picture or here for the exact location where we hit top speed.
Looks like we hit the top speed somewhere near here passing Beimoor on the A1 going South at 291 km/h (Click for map) going south on A1. Estimated time of arrival at 290 km/h is 6.34 A.M. to Monte Carlo, Monaco. We needed to pass through the whole Germany, Switzerland, Italy, some parts of France to arrive to our destination.
When fueling up we bought some Red Bull and of course the German Sport Auto which had a Supertest of the BMW 335i.
Fueling up again, now in Germany. Time is 00.58 PM. More fuel is needed after our first top speed run where we managed to go to well over 300 km/h on the speedometer and according to the GPS that is exactly 290,88 km/h, or 291 km/h or 181,8 mph.
Time to fuel up again at 02.56 AM, two hours later.
04.36 A.M. Time to fuel up again, one and a half hour later. If we consumed 2 liters / 10 km we averaged 200 km/h. My guess is that it consumed a litle less but we averaged over 200 km/h on certain distances...
Of course we fuel up with 100+ octane.
There we discovered that repeated 290+ km/h runs was too much for the rear cover between the exhaust, that is somewhere on the German Autobahn now...
At 6.00 A.M. we finally reach beautiful Switzerland with Basel behind us towards direction Milan (Click for map).
However we have speedlimits in Switzerland so from what I remember we where flashed around five times by stationay cameras, this was especially common in tunnels.
Taking a pause to get some air from the Alpes.
On the excellent Italian (pay) autostrada we met up with this Nismo 350Z which surprisingly enough could stay at our back from a sprint from 100 km/h to around 200 km/h.
07:20 AM Fueling up in Italy. We thoughtthat you had to tip these guys who fueled up for you, but we didn't have cash. So we bought them a Bounty candy everytime and gave them, which everybody seemed to be overtly happy about. Then after a few fuelups we realized that it was one line for "help your self" and one for served (Servito) which you paid more per liter...
Only in Italian?
From the dusk and cold weather in Sweden to Southern France
09:08 A.M. Working on the ETA along the Italian Mediterrian coast...
Monte Carlo here we come...
10.30 A.M. Clooooooser...
We actually chose that hotel above to stay with a nice view over France (from France) and Monaco. Time to start looking for nice cars Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world with an area of 1.95 square km (482 acres)
Passing our soon to be hotel.
Video 2. The trip through Italy and finally arrived at Monaco after 18 hours of driving and over 2500 km. Click here.
Looks like the
Monegasques also have taste: Silverstone II BMW M5...
...and a Black Sapphire BMW M5 E60.
And one more!
Looks like the Fast and the Furious not have been a success in Monaco and France...
...which is releiving to see.
Monegasques still have something to learn when it comes to cars
Some of the houses in Monte Carlo.
11.00 P.M. Arrived at the harbour of Monte Carlo. So between 19,5 and 20 hours from Stockhol to Monte Carlo, over 2500 km.
We easily lost 2-3 h through Sweden because of ques and traffic but we made up for that going through Germany and our average was over 130 km/h on the whole trip which we had the one of the best car in the world for this purpose. The questions is what the time would be with an E60 M5 since its somewhat higher fuel consumption. Also, we would have not have had this speed through Germany with a 250 km/h speedlimiter. The last stretch through basel was constantly between 250 and 300 km/h but at soem stretches in Germany it was simply impossible to go over 240 km/h because of turns, bends, hills and mountains (the autobahns around Kassel is lovely however).
Many yachts are here because of the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show.
After this trip we weren't physically tired, only sleepy. But nowhere did anything ache and you felt very relaxed, whcih you would not have done on that Porsche 911 Turbo going from Denmark... Or in that case Ferrari F430 or Gallardo.
On the picture above if you would turn around 180 degrees you will see the tunnel the Formula one cars enter after the uphill after the start / finishing straight.
Lady Moura have been around for a while, seen everywhere. The largest yachts could not enter Monaco harbour since they go to deep. The largest ones like Microsoft founder Paul Allen's Octopus is at IYCA at Antibes.
Nice view overlooking the harbour.
Many nice yachts that not necessarily are powered by engines...
... and is not nessecarily registred in any European country.
At the top of the hill you can see the castle.
...or Cayman Islands...
Also smaller boats can be nice. There is always someone who has a larger toy than yourself...
A parked helicopter on the boat...
It was quite crowded in the harbour.
We where lucky to see the new spectacular 70 WallyPower Open. As Wally Power themselves describe it:
"The 70 WallyPower Open features the suite interior layout of this motor yacht design. The glass superstructure is open to the aft transom, and the air conditioning acts as a barrier between the outside and the inside. As a result, the deck is a large open space. The accommodation features a very large owner’s suite forward taking up two thirds of the interiors. The two MTU diesel engines generating 3,000 Hp and driving KaMeWa water-jets, provide 45 knots of speed full load at continuous duty with a consumption of only 250 litres – 66 US gallons per hour."
"Shaka is the fourth boat and Tango the fifth one of the Wally 80 design: they both are the flush deck, three cabin version of this successful yacht combining the hull lines of Farr Yacht Design with the interiors and styling of Lazzarini Pickering Architects and Wally. Shaka features the canting keel while Tango has the fixed keel and the wide central skylight."
"Y3K uniquely combines the performance of a maxi racer with the characteristics of an ocean cruiser. This 29-meter (94-foot) sloop has been successfully competing in the Mediterranean regattas as well as cruising in great comfort."
Going towards the casino with the company of a Ferrari F430 Spider and a Mercedes E55 AMG based Brabus K8.
And a German registred Ford GT40 as well...
Parking on the small shopping street the M5 does not look totally out of place.
An Italian Lamborghini Muciolago and Range Rover Sport.
One part of the casino.
Bentley Continental Flying Spur at the "roundabout" at the Casino...
Apparantly we missed some kind of rally
And what do we have here, but not a true modern day BMW classic: the S62 powered BMW Z8. Also on the cliff behind the car you can see the casrtle we would park the M5 outside this evening.
Old SL where it really stood for it's designation: S
eicht = Sporty and light...
...and here we have a modern day SL. Proper name is UH55 AMG, Unsporty and Heavy. This was a Brabus modified SL55 AMG. Below is a K8, a modified E55 AMG:
No that is not quad exhausts...
It is 6 exhaust pipes!
Wow, this is not your regular Porsche 911 Turbo, it is the 993 Turbo S which is super unique in European version with 450 HP only sold in 342 examples compared with the 2331 for the regular 911 Turbo during 1997 and 1998.
So after we cruised around the area around the Casino -without gambling- we decided to try to park the car somewhere. We found a garage after a few Maybach, Lamborghini and Mercedes dealerships. The garage turned out to be a pleasent surprise...
Parking the car next to a perfect example of a Monaco-registred E12 5-series with only 100 000 km:
Besides old BMW we also found other fast cars...
So we parked the car and started to find our way out walking (of course)...
...this looks promising. Time to turn around and grap a towel and bathing stuff.
Ahhh, after 20 hours of driving having some sun in the end of Sepetember at 25 degrees Celsius is peeeerfect!
However there are always someone that have it somewhat better than yourself in Monte Carlo...
...but in fact it seems that this millionair have some problems. The cannot manage to land on the yacht! Kind of like not being able to find a parking sport, you know the feeling.
So I assume he just had to "park" somewhere else and take a boat.
In addition to signs we have some of these guys as well...
Here we are exactly opposite the tunnel entrance where we parked when we arrived. Many of these flats do rent out their apartements durign the F1 races for large sums. Some apartements have excellent views of parts of the track.
Heading for Antibes harbour and IYCA for the evening to see the really large yachts. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Octopus. Built in 2003 by Lürssen in Germany with a tonnage of 9930 metric tons. It has two helicopter pads, basket court, "garage" for submarine and tender.
Octopus was so large that it really was a problem gettign a voerview of it becasue it was so large.
Another huge yacht built by Lürssen is Carinthia VII, who is own by a widow of German billionaire Ms Heidi Horten. Beautiful dark blue hull and 97 meters long it had a more tasteful design than the Octopus. With four 9925 HP engines she can reach a remarkable 25 knots.
I would like to have see Carinthia VII in the daylight as well.
Double stairs up leadign up to the entrance. Home port is Antibes.
Also a large sailingboat was in Antibes harbour. Beautifully illuminated.
A "smaller" yacht with a huge TV-screen near the entrance.
The garage under the Casino in Monte Carlo also contaained soem nice surpises:
Ferrari 575 Superamericana...
Rolls Royce Corniche was just made in 374 examples and had a 325 HP turbocharged V-8. 738 Nm is impressive but the top speed of 215 km/h is not... This was the last Rolls Royce built before BMW took over the company . It was also the last Rolls Royce to come off the Crewe powerplant after it was completely dedicated to producing Bentleys. This was also the first -and last- Rolls Royce to be based on a Bentley and not the opposite way around.
So, we are havign extreme prototypes as well here?
When the evenign cam we cruised around on the F1 stretch and also looked for some races, which later at the evening got.
Nice cars outside the disco, a Mercedes SL65 AMG...
And the larger brother Mercedes McLaren SL-R...
A Ferrari 612 Scagletti and a Lamborghini Diablo...
...as well as a Aston Martin DB9 next to the car on the nicest parking spot
a Sapphire Black BMW M5 of course!
On the way to our hotel we spotted a BMW 5-series and a Ferrari F430 COnvertible going out from Monte Carlo towards Italy along the hilly highways along the coast. Although we knew we didn't standa chance we had alot of fun following him through the tunnels and down the hills to the Italian border at 3 a.m.
The sound in the tunnels was amazing and the blue flames from the Ferrari F430 was very visible!
Video 3: The Ferrari F430 chase along the Mediterrian coast from Monaco towards Italy. Click here
Maybe it didn't look so fast but the roads where great with very sharp angle downhill along with excellent curves with hunreds of meters on the sides of the road, so you did not wantto crash there. And we both knew that the Ferrari F430 could outhandle us easy there so we took it relatively easy. However the exhaust looked of the F430 beuatiful with almost constant blue flames shooting out from them.
Parking in style at our hotel. BMW M5, Ferrari 612 Scagletti and Jaguar XK-R.
Please repark it nice...
Which he did!
The hotell overlooked Monaco on one side and France on the other side.
And during the day...
Far away to go and swim but still a beuatiful view.
An Aston Martin Vanquish with France in the background...
Next day on our way towards SuperSprint close to Bologna in Northern Italy for a demonstration of their headers for the V-10 and V-8 BMW M5. Just in the beginning of the Italian coastal roads we met up with an Audi RS6 that did not want to play. But it was an excellent companion on these beautiful roads.
The Italian highways might not got more beautiful when we went firther away from the Cote d'Azure, but they sure got more fun! Downhil land VERY curvy as you can see on the navigation above.
Meeting up a Porsche 911 Turbo (996)...
...as well as Porsche 911 Carrera (997).
Picking the "wrong" line in Italy where you get the car fueld up for you but a higher fee per liter. The "cheaper" price is around three times as more expensive as in USA...