Track Test: BMW M6 GT3
– Bad Driburg, Germany
Just don’t stall the engine. That’s all I have on my mind on a sunny Wednesday at Bilster Berg.
And my track test in the BMW M6 GT3 does indeed have a lot in common with the training to get your driver’s license. Actually more than you would think as there are a lot of lessons to be learned before you even touch the wheel. The big question is whether I have paid enough attention during the theoretical parts of my training.
It starts with a ten-page dossier explaining all things technical about my track test, featuring a lot of data, procedures, and dos and don’ts. How do I start the car? When do I shift? What do I have to do in an emergency? And lots of other basic questions. All covered, I should be ready to go.
The M6 is a very different kind of machine. And it shows during the pre-test preparation.
After I have studied the dossier in detail I am paired with a senior BMW instructor to go through it all once more, and in even more detail. This takes a bit of time as the 500-plus-horsepower M6 GT3 is the fastest and certainly most complex car I’ve driven so far. And my past experiences include only a few test outings in touring cars. The M6 is a very different kind of machine. And it shows during the pre-test preparation.
Take the extraction training, for example. You have to complete it in order to qualify for the run. You fail, you don’t drive – simple as that. In practice it means getting into the car fully harnessed with helmet, HANS, belts, ra...