Monday, May 7, 2012

Watkins Glen Weekend: Z4 M Coupe at Turn 10

I love this shot of the One Hot Lap Z4 M Coupe going through Turn 10 at Watkins Glen. 

Hat Tip to Mike R.

Of the 20 or so tracks I have driven, Watkins Glen is easily one of my favorite (V.I.R. and Tremblant would probably be the other two). And Turn 10 is one of my favorite at the Glen. For fastest entry, it requires you to put the outside tires of the car just 2 feet off the wall to the right, brush the brakes to settle the car and enter with maintenance throttle in fourth gear. If you hit the line right and take advantage of all the camber, you can be at 100% throttle by the time you get to the apex and just let the car rotate and drift out the trackout cone. I am at ~ 110 mph at trackout in the Coupe and it feels exhilarating when it all works out perfectly and the car ends right next to the rumbles on trackout.

I had no idea the infield at Turn 10 was so pretty, especially with all the dandelions this time of year. Kudos to Mike R. for a fantastic shot! Oh, and judging by the suspension load from the picture, it looks like the Coupe can use another half inch of lowering... as long as the rear tires can clear the fender.

5/8/12 UPDATE
My friend and One Hot Lap fan David G. writes: "While it's clear that you parked that blue car and took a quick snap this black one was actually moving when pictured at Road Atlanta."


Clearly picture envy not worth responding to. You be the judge.

3 comments:

  1. Great weekend at The Glen... and when I told you I cooked my brakes... I wasn't kidding! No pad left, warped the steel backing plate and melted to the caliper piston.

    http://hallatauer.4t.com/images/Brake.jpg

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  2. Dan, amazing! I did that a few years ago too in my E46 325i. The backing plate was bent badly. You def need a brakes upgrade.

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