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I`m back home in one piece. The Ring is a multiheaded dragon - and it requires full focus. Here is the first lap

M5 F10 from 991 Gulf - YouTube.



As expected the M5 F10 had better handling and brakes than my E60. The engine pulls even stronger than the Panamera Turbo with 590 ps FVD kit, ceramic brakes and PDCC(hydraulic anti roll bars). And the power comes quicker, with less turbo lag. Combined with the also faster DSG gearbox this driveline gives a very effective an nimble drive at the demanding Ring. And I did luckily put on a new set of brake pads Bremsen witch made the brakes very effective, it would have been useless without this extra stopping power. Peter is my mechanics at the Ring. He fixes everything so far, brakes, steering, cooling, engines - Porsches, Ferraris, BMWs and so on. He knows the Ring and will often predict where the damages have happened. "You broke this in “Karusell”, am I right?, to early out of the turn?" You just look down in shame - he has been there -done that. The E60 picture under in this post is from the Karusell (Carousel).



When you go all the way to the Ring its valuable to have Peter, +491726524593 [email protected]. My tyre supplier at the Ring Reifen Radermacher, Kempenich: Startseite told me that the 2014 Michelin Pilot Super Sport where even better than last years, so I ditched my 2012 MPSS for a fresh set. And it was much better. The grip and specially the turn-in approved, witch is crucial for the M5. They also filled nitrogen Nitrogen in Tires : Information about Nitrogen Tire Inflation News, Benefits, Generator Dealers, Location Finder & More in the tires; witch gave me stabile pressure and no smoke from tyres after a full lap at day two. So all in all the fantastic engine, fast gearbox, good brakes, persistent tyres and a cool headed driver turned out to be a fabulous drive. Overtaking is a pleasure, never driven such a strong car at the Ring. Just look when I follow my friends F430 Scuderia

BMW M5 chasing F430 Scuderia - YouTube.

Compared to the Panamera the M5 has little more push with less lag. The handling is good at the M5, but it doesn’t give you any confidence in the speeds this driveline makes it possible to go. The centre of gravity is to high, it rolls to much and snaps out with the back if your to heavy footed. The e-diff is very efficient, but when it snaps, you better be ready. With stability system on its very safe, but you looses the ability to push the car into the necessary oversteer. In M-mode this changes. You can steer the car more with the throttle, if you go slow in fast out. This is the smart mode at the Ring.

With everything off you hear the crowd trackside screaming for blood, and you can see the multiheaded dragon in the woods trackside roaring COME TO MEEEEEE. If you can ignore those, you are the hero of the day - filled with adrenaline going sideways in Brünnchen to the applause of hundreds of action-hungry spectators. The M5 F10 is for experienced drivers - as you all probably know already. The Panamera on the other hand was absolutely stabile, no roll, awesome brakes - much safer and a little faster around the Ring. But I had 100 laps with my Panamera at the Ring and 5 laps with the M5 so far, and I like the M5 a lot - it makes me feel alive and kicking.

Looking forward for next trip. It’s useful to plan at trip where we can meet at the Ring and drive and share experiences. If your interested, just tell me - I do some trips every year - since 1992. Here´s some laps with the 991 4s – its a walk in the park, as being 20 again- its so light, fast, sharp turn in, revs high, shifts as mind controlled, great sound and very stabile – a true sports car

991 Carrera Gulf - YouTube.

The Nurburgring is what you’re dreaming of. The Ring, the machine and you – battling with the law of physics and you own ego. You have to decide to have the right speed into every corner, then you can go safe every lap. Overtake only when sure you have been seen. Check your rear mirror every 5. second, and let everyone behind you pass at once. Never loose this focus or consentration. This is driving in its purest form. I`m almost out of words – nowhere else you can experience this.
 

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Buddy,

You seriously need to paragraph.

Thanks for giving me a headache.
 

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No helmets required at the 'ring?
Not on TF days as it's a Public de-restricted (in the main) toll road. For driver training, closed events & private track days you are required to wear a helmet.

I'll be taking my F10 round there in September en route to a 2 day track day at Spa Francorchamps:) Have completed about 150 laps of the Nordschleife in a variety of cars over the years but nowadays way too many d1ckheads attend TF days so the road gets shut frequently & it's just not as much fun as it used to be & is a lot more dangerous.

Did Scuderia Hanseat there in 2007 which was a truly awesome experience.
 

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Loving the pictures!!

Nice write up.. thanks for the paragraphs ;)
 
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Hi,


When is your next trip to the ring? I go once a month in summer time. Would love a lap in a f10 ;-)
I'm definitely there on Sunday 7th September:)
 

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What day you come over? Will you travel via Antwerp or Brussels?
We'll be heading over from Rotterdam as will be crossing the Channel on the Hull-Rotterdam ship.
 

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I thought you took the one to Calais, that way you came thru Belgium and I could have joined you on the way.
Nope, i live in the North of England so easier to travel over from Hull which is 100 miles rather than Dover which is 290 miles.

I'll be coming through Belgium in just under 3 weeks as taking the Hull - Zeebrugge crossing en route to Le Mans for the 24hr:)
 

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I have talked about coming to le mans a few times but never made it. Alot of petrolheads go there every year.
I used to go every year to york to Ten of the best. That's not to for from you then
 

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I have talked to coming to le mans a few times but never made it. Alot of petrolheads go there every year.
I used to go every year to york to Ten of the best. That's not to for from you then
Not far at all. If i recall, that event is at Elvington? Driven on there a few times over the years & have friends who've taken part in that event.
 
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