After reading about the BMW schools on the forums, I've signed up for the May 23, 2012 M 2 day performance driving school. I'm excited now and the hard part is the waiting. Will anyone else from the forum be attending?
See you there.
Current: 2008 e60 DINAN ///M5 Interlagos Blue SMG
DINAN 3.91 Differential, Stage 2 Suspension, Free-flow exhaust, Stage III Software, Front strut braces,
High Flow Air mass meters and intakes, 13% Underdrive pulley, RPI Scoops.
09' or 10' M5 (NOT SOON ENOUGH!)
93 Porsche RS America (track/street)FOR SALE
08 Ford Explorer (traded M5 in for it) needed tow vehicle
06 M5 Interlagos Blue, Silverstone II(full) (GONE)
You will have the time of your life. Be sure to bring a GoPro as their footage in car with their camera system of driving on day 2 is not all that great. Get plenty of rest especially for the 2nd day. Bring plenty of $$ to buy the cool merchandise from the Performance Store (stuff you can not order online or get anywhere else) and just be ready to have an insane amount of fun and incredible instruction.
BMWpedals ///M pedals, Valentine 1 Radar/Laser detector hardwired, Dension 500 Gateway and Specdock Iphone Dock, Black BMW steering wheel emblem, Bavarian Soundwerks BSW Stage 1 speaker upgrade, Trinity Autosport Interior LED lighting, Formula 1 Pinnacle Tint
DINAN badge (matte black), Matte Black Front Grill, Matte Black Side Grills, Matte Black ///M Badge, MTECH V3 High Powered LED Angel Eyes, Trinity AutoSport Smoked LED Side Markers, Trinity AutoSport Black BMW Roundels and wheel caps, WeissLicht Xenon LED License Plate lights, Bumper Plugs, H&R Track Plus spacers, ///M valve stem caps
DINAN 3.91 Limited Slip Differential, DINAN Stage III Engine Performance Software, DINAN Stage II Suspension System, DINAN High Flow Middle Racing Exhaust with 3.5" resonators (secondary cat delete), DINAN Free Flow Exhaust (matte black tips), DINAN High Flow Air Mass Meter/Intakes, DINAN Carbon Fiber Rear Shock Tower Brace, Sprint booster V2, Hawk HPS Brake Pads, Stoptech Stainless Steel Brake Lines, EvoSport Power Performance Pulley, RPi SVI Oil Cooler, RPi Ram Air Induction Scoops (black), OEM charcoal filter delete, Track four wheel alignment to DINAN Stage II suspension specs, Michelin Pilot Sport 2s
BMW Personalization Coding
Removed seatbelt chime, close windows with comfort access, disable Idrive disclaimer, fold mirrors with comfort access, fuel reserve warning 1/8th tank, removed speed correction factor, amber corner eyes delete, close windows with FOB, digital speedometer, fold mirrors with FOB, turn signals in HUD, Euro Flash-To-Pass (Xenon)
Short Answer: My 2 day M school experience was fantastic. The comment by ykjones that "You will have the time of your life" is indeed true. It was incredibly fun, well put-together, and I learned a lot behind the wheel.
I thoroughly encourage you to do the program if you are able to.
I will try to pull together a complete write-up and some video. May take a while though.
e60 ssk, zhp knob, brake ducts, ate super gold, ate brake shoes, pagid yellow rs19, pagid blue, titanium backing plates, dinan rsb, mk4 gps, vxx ae, brushed aluminum trim swap, gp2, bell sa2010, sparco tornado, sparco speed+ racing, 3mm front spacers, turner 32mm bolts, x5 thrust arm bushings, OE 9.5" squared 275/35/18 dunlop direzza zii, OE staggered 245/40-275/35/18 direzza z1 star spec, staggered style 66 on 235-245/45/17 blizzak ws70, pentosin mtf2, liqui moly 10w60, mobil1 0w40, ground control camber plates, bilstein b8 monotube dampers, intrax of holland racing springs*tbi
dynojet 319ft-lb, 341whp, firstname.lastname@example.org englishtown, lime rock 1'09.9", lightning 1'23.420", thunderbolt 1'44.2", watkins glen *tbd, secret menu maf test, 138+ 2nd gear
Favorite Quote: "Understeer is when you hit the wall with your front end. Oversteer is when you hit the wall with your back end. Horsepower is how hard you hit the wall. Torque is how far you move the wall when you hit it. "
How much track time do you get? Actual on track driving.
when I went earlier this year, it is about ~20 (+/-) minutes per M car, in both a morning and afternoon session.
So for example, I drove the 1M, M3, and M5 about ~20 minutes each, per course they had set up. So that is about 2 hours per day. That is time allotted for by yourself driving. That doesn't include when you are doing ride along sessions, demonstrations sessions, follow the leader around the track sessions, etc.
It may seem a small amount of time, but believe me you are fully occupied, and busy during M school.