I had my first track day in the car today at Blackhawk Farms Raceway and ran in the intermediate group. This is my 4th track day in 3 years and it's amazing how quickly you get to know people by attending these things semi regularly. It's great being able to run with some of the same people year after year and developing a trust on the track.
Ok now that that's out of the way, the car. She ran beautifully! Stock brakes, stock suspension and pss tires. The car was perfect. It did what it was supposed to with no surprises. I took it slow for the day to feel the car out. The NA power took some getting used to. Even though the s65 is a supposed torqueless turd I had a low end power that i didnt expect and it was consistent through the power band. Power came on easy and steady. No surging or lag to deal with. It was great. Right off the bat I was running similar times I ran in my 335i but I was way more consistent. My fastest in the 335i was 1:29 and in the M3 I managed a 1:32. I'm pretty happy with that considering it was my first time out with it and i wasn't pushing very hard. The DCT was awesome! It did get a little laggy on up shifts when it got hot but downshifts were excellent. Being able to focus on braking zones was a really nice change. I could put my energy into hitting better lines instead of worrying about my feet.
Of course every driver walks away from an event saying "if I just had this item it'd be that much better!". For me I'd like to get the Schroth quick fit harness and a slightly better pad with more bite. These worked and I NEVER had any fade but I'd like the pedal a little more effective sooner. The car does have a little wiggle under heavy braking which led to some but puckering moments but I'm not sure how to fix that yet. The easy answer is coilovers but I'm happy with the ride quality so we'll see if I "fix" that.
Now for the video! My go pro only recorded the last 10:25 of each session unbeknownst to me but this was the last and my fastest session.