BMW was a client of mine for about three years, prior to my leaving Marker at the start of last year. They could be a challenge at times (I’ve yet to find a client who isn’t) but they were damn cool to work with.
A lot of people daydream about winning the lottery and what they’d do with the money. Most will reel off a shopping list starting with a big house and flash car, most likely a Ferrari or a Porsche. Sod that. When I hit the big time the only thing that would deter me from buying an M5 or M6 is the knowledge that I will almost certainly – and at no fault of the car or its manufacturer – die behind the wheel of said supercar (or in close proximity to its crumpled remains).
Last year I was fortunate to land a spot on one of BMW’s regular driver training courses at Pukekohe race track. After a day of instruction, skills testing and driving brand new 330i’s like they were stolen, instructor Mike Eady (former Porsche Racing Series champion and class winner of the Nurbergring 24-hour race) took us all out for ‘hot laps’ in the M5 he’d been driving all day. The bog-standard M5 he’d picked up at Jerry Clayton’s that morning…
Four passengers. Hot brakes. Badly work tyres. 3 passengers. 245 km/h (153 mph) in 5th gear. Apparently he decided not to use 6th or 7th ‘cos he ‘didn’t want to push it’.
The M cars are fucking monsters, and superior to every supercar you could think of, with the possible exception of the Bugatti Veyron (but with a $4m price tag, the Veyron might as well be hypothetical). Screw longeivity – I want one!
The first video I stumbled across this afternoon, and shows German racing legend Hans Stuck taking an M6 up to 194 mph (310 km/h) on the Autobahn. The second is from 2004, and shows the same guy setting a new lap record at the Nurburgring in an M3 GTR. At one point you see a little black dot appear in front of him, get slowly bigger and then flash past his side window. In case you miss it, it’s a 911 Turbo doing over 100 mph.