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Not criticism, merely adding so that people don't make THIS mistake...
Driver skills is just as important, and also making our car lighter weight.
Speaking of driving skills - I highly recommend young drivers take Defensive driving schools, Car Control Clinic, then high performance driving school.
It is usually offered by your local BMW CCA chapter. Join BMW CCA and check your local chapters bulletin board for school dates.
Or you can take the M driving school.
3) Get to know your car really well. Learn its limits and breaking point.
Know when you break traction, learn its limitations.
AMEN TO THESE!
I condensed your two points together for this reason, #3 really needs to be advised "Get to know your car really well... ON THE TRACK"
Those who are veterans to the race track know that the aforementioned limits are discovered by exceeding them. Sure you can do a controlled slip, but on a public road? I wouldn't. Especially not on something new and for the first time. Really the sole point of the track is:
2)EMS on standby
3)less solid objects to collide with if you do lose traction and cannot recover control of the vehicle
It is simply the best ideal situation for #3.
I know technically you've recommended both and I like that you layered the training and ramped it up to racing school at the end.
I just wanted to emphasize that #3 should never be done in a public setting.
I've formerly competed in IMSA, SCCA and WERA (yes I know.. bikes.. sue me. they are WAY less expensive to repair!) and ALL of the various schools I've attended (California Superbike school being my favorite. Keith Code is an incredible person) the one thing they did way better than those road schools was safety. The way they layered the technique one lesson at a time and also forced students through two tiers of safety training and philosophy before getting into the fun stuff would really bolster a lot of young hopefuls.
I guess the short is, a defensive driving school will teach you how to avoid crashing.
Racing school will teach you how to crash and what to do when you're in the process of crashing.
I've wrecked plenty on the track and I have a 0 incident on the street. (I am 48)
If anyone is about to comment "well if you knew what you were doing you wouldn't crash on the track either" There are two kinds of racers. Those who have wrecked and those who will.. believe that. Plus, Canadians.