Emilio700
Emilio700 New Reader
4/8/13 10:39 a.m.

A few of us just returned from a week long trip to Germany. Mar 28-April 4, 2013 Myself William Chen (bellwilliam) Sonny Watanasirisuk (vagaxt) Zhong Cheung (evoix)

The shirts read: "That is how I drive.. Flat out" Sort of a motto for Team 949 Racing and trackhq.com forum

The original plan was to rent a Suzuki Swift GT from rent4ring.de and do the Tourist course for 4 days. When we arrived the track was close to remove snow and do some frost repair. So we decided to visit nearby Belgium and get some waffles. On the way there we decided Spa wasn't too far from the border so we would go check it out. Arrived at Spa in snowy, drizzly weather and saw there was a track day going on. Our UK distributor MOT Motorsport, Nick Dougill was there doing trackside tire service with his Rotrex supercharged Miata in tow.

Of course we signed up for the track day and drove the rest of the afternoon in our rental BMW 320D (diesel). Nick was nice enough to let me drive his NB on the track for a few laps. Video from that hoonage Me: http://youtu.be/Z1ysXSdrF2A Sonny: http://youtu.be/zpTUcmVd8hQ Sonny Spa BMW 320D

The ring was closed the next day until 2pm so we went back to Spa and rented a Lotuse Exige S (240bhp). Video Me: http://youtu.be/EFXhCbJB9SU Sonny: http://youtu.be/01N-ov27VHE

The next day the organizers gave us access to a shortened version of the Nurburgring GP course while they finished repairing the Nordscheife and clearing snow. We drove all day then decided to have a Swift Challenge Time Attack. 2 flying laps, best lap wins. Sonny schooled us with this lap. GP course in the Suzuki Swift GT http://youtu.be/VTRKODVafUI

The last day we were pretty pumped to drive the ring having been there for three days. We were rewarded with a clean but very cold track. A few laps in the morning on a drying track with warm R888 GG's. Mid day, someone blew an engine just after the karussell so the track was closed for about 30 minutes. Tires got stone cold and it started snowing lightly. The track now had a light dusting of frozen snow. It was snowing lightly as Sonny and I head out for a lap battle with the two swifts. Ice cold race tires and a coating of frost means it was slicker than snot. Perfect!

Driving the Nordschleife is a must do for any serious track junkie. Absolutely fantastic experience.

Video from the first lap battle. 2nd lap we started to get a little heat and dry line but it was still very slick. Video Me: http://youtu.be/RtAyj4Q0hR0 Sonny's blue swift: http://youtu.be/a2OMKMra5hg

My best lap as the track dried out later in the day http://youtu.be/f6jilx0Pijg

We all managed to get about 7-8 laps a piece in the swifts. While we were there we drove some karts, visited the Porsche and Mercedes museums at the factories in Stuttgart, ate, drank, bought Nurbugring t shirts, stickers and had a blast. I have not taken a vacation since starting 949 Racing 7 years ago. This trip made up for that.

cdowd
cdowd Reader
4/8/13 10:43 a.m.

Awesome!

cdowd
cdowd Reader
4/8/13 10:43 a.m.

Awesome!

nderwater
nderwater UberDork
4/8/13 11:04 a.m.

Super, super awesome. How did driving the Exige compare to driving a SuperMiata?

Emilio700
Emilio700 New Reader
4/8/13 12:20 p.m.
nderwater wrote: Super, super awesome. How did driving the Exige compare to driving a SuperMiata?

Shifter in Exige is crap. Power, brakes, grip, balance good. Miata is a bit easier to drive at limit.

Beer Baron
Beer Baron UltimaDork
4/8/13 12:26 p.m.

Awesome times!

I did a trip to the Nurburgring last July. Also rented a swift from R4R. Only had the funds and time in the trip schedule for half a day there. Definitely a dream come true. I tried to convince the little lady to drive a lap. She was up for riding along on one, but not actually driving. Her loss.

Oh well, I'm sure we'll head back there sometime for an anniversary or something.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
4/8/13 1:00 p.m.
Emilio700 wrote: Shifter in Exige is crap.

As in gates horribly close together right? I've heard about that, I'd be worried about causing an accidental 5-2 downshift disaster. I saw at least one accidental 3-6 shift in the videos.

Are those Swifts stock? They stay really flat in the corners and it looks like they're topping out around 220kph.

Beer Baron
Beer Baron UltimaDork
4/8/13 1:01 p.m.
GameboyRMH wrote: Are those Swifts stock? They stay really flat in the corners and it looks like they're topping out around 220kph.

Nope. There is a reason GRM'ers always rent the Swifts form Rent4Ring. They aren't radical, but they do have a full cage, harness, majorly upgraded suspension, beefy brakes, and are running on R888's.

Jerry
Jerry Reader
4/8/13 1:32 p.m.

Holy E36 M3, you can rent cars to drive on the Nurburgring? Not just admire on Top Gear episodes?

Well berkeley, just added another bucket list item...

Beer Baron
Beer Baron UltimaDork
4/8/13 1:35 p.m.
Jerry wrote: Holy E36 M3, you can rent cars to drive on the Nurburgring? Not just admire on Top Gear episodes?

Umm... yeah. You didn't know that? Just don't use a rental from a standard Hertz type deal. They will slap you with something like a 1500Euro fine. There are outfits just off the track with prepped cars for rent. You can also drive your own car if you buy a beater while over there.

Emilio700
Emilio700 New Reader
4/8/13 1:39 p.m.
GameboyRMH wrote:
Emilio700 wrote: Shifter in Exige is crap.
As in gates horribly close together right? I've heard about that, I'd be worried about causing an accidental 5-2 downshift disaster. I saw at least one accidental 3-6 shift in the videos. Are those Swifts stock? They stay really flat in the corners and it looks like they're topping out around 220kph.

Rubbery, vague. By contrast, the shifter and trans in the Swift was fantastic. Note the rapid fire shifts in the Swift. The Swifts had a nice powerband but slow as molasses. The grip and brakes on the Swifts were great though. Since the nordschleife is a momentum course mostly, we could embarrass some high dollar equipment. Dale Lomas of rent4ring told us two guys in Caymans came up to him and asked to rent the "turbo swifts". We went by them so fast they assumed we actually had, you know power. lulz.

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