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Mcoupe @ track events (archive)

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Posted by JoElla John on June 09, 1999 at 16:27:45:

After several driver school events, some observations about the Mcoupe in high performance situations:
unaltered-that is street condition- it pushes or understeers a lot. The Dunlops (came on mine) do protest loudly when pushed, but respond to adjustments in tire pressure. However, do not lower the pressure below the recommended 32 psi, rather increase the front to overcome the understeer and do so a pound at a time until you achieve your individual driving style need.
On the way home from Mid Ohio, across West Virginia mountains I experienced a flat tire which the kit could not address due to the extent of tire damage by the time I could stop. I was lucky to be traveling with the trailer carrying the M3 and we were able to load the Mcoupe and drive the M3 home.
P.S. The 1-800 roadside assistance did not answer except to say "we are experiencing an unusually large volume of calls, please stay on the line." which after 25 minutes I declined to do any longer.

Two street condition Mcoupes were at Roebling plus mine and we were just getting acquainted with our cars. All were impressed with the throttle response and torque coming out of turns, however the straight speeds did not continue to climb after 126 or so, it just maintained. ??
Two T.C. Cline prepaired Mcoupes were at Mid Ohio plus mine (still streeet condition). Both the Cline Coupes did overcome the tendency of the Mcoupe to feel softly shocked (for comfortable ride on street) and the owners liked the stiffer suspensions to help overcome the understeer. Track tires also help a lot in cornering (lap times were 2 seconds better at least on stickies). We all have a lot to learn about set ups to allow us to drive them every day and enjoy them and also not be embarrassed on the track (the press makes other's expectations very high and in street prep, when other cars are track prep. the Mcoupe is not outstanding on road course type tracks).
At Summit Point West Virginia there was only one other Mcoupe and it was street prep. but well driven by a "track junkie" who also instructs at various club schools. His comment was "I, think I could set this car up with just firmer shocks and track tires and learn to be very fast, very soon." I tend to agree. The shocks are soft, but I am still playing with the learning curve and want to enjoy the car as it is until I feel I can drive it well enough to say "i'm using its potential as it is and then I'll begin to change things one at a time. Always keeping it happy to be on the street, too. I do love it as an everyday driver. It is great to look forward to the drive to work and home. My staff and my husband feel it has improved their lives as well. It is hard not to arrive grinning each day.
Our next jaunt is to CANADA and I am not driving the Mcoupe that far :( . I will be sorry when my husband is on track in his E 30 M3, which he carries to events, and he is having a ball and all I can do is ride with him. Maybe next year we can get a two car trailer. Enjoy your BMWs and please share any information about your Mcoupe.
Does anyone have wheels to sell for the Mcoupe?


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