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BMW's Performance Driving School: Video

BMW’s Performance Driving School: Video

There are quite a few folks out there who will spend a lot of money to make their car go just a little bit faster. This is especially true of Bimmer owners. Dropping thousands on BPUs is the name of the game when it comes to European sports car mods.
And while I should be the last person on Earth to judge such behavior (“underdrive pulleys, eh? Five extra horsepower for how much, exactly? Never mind, just give them to me”), I will say that the most important upgrade anyone should make is to the nut behind the wheel.

Yes, you, Mr. "I’ve got a fast car." You’re the one making all those sloppy apexes and not blipping on your downshifts, and that’ll cost you time every single lap, even if you do happen to make more power and grip harder than the other guy.

So what do you do? Simple – go back to school. BMW is offering a slew of courses at its Performance Center, a few of which are highlighted in this video.

Even if you don’t spend your weekends at the track, a learning session at a decent driving school will make you a better driver on the street. As professional driver and race coach Grant Ryley told us in an interview last December, “the very first time that you get to threshold on the brakes shouldn’t be when you’re trying to avoid an accident on the highway. That should be the hundredth time.”

Wise words, indeed.

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Video: Road Testament looks at whether technology is making cars worse

Video: Road Testament looks at whether technology is making cars worse

There’s no denying the fact that the automotive world is changing dramatically, and has been ever since the first car was produced back in the late 19th century. However, the last 10 years has seen what are arguably the most dramatic changes to the automobile, with advanced technologies being at the forefront of every manufacturer’s minds.

However, is all of this technology, such as paddle-shifters and traction control, taking away the thrill of driving and making modern day cars worse than their predecessors?

Well, that’s the exact question that the Road Testament on the Drive YouTube channel aims to find out in their latest installment, with our very favorite automotive journo, Chris Harris, joining regular Mike Spinelli on the desk for the very first time.

It probably goes without saying that neither of the two are thrilled with the dramatic changes currently taking place, but still do hold out hope for the future where car manufacturers may start putting the driver’s needs and desires first before adding safety and unnecessary technologies.

Check out the video to get a great insight into the minds of these two, and if it helps to create or reaffirm your opinion on the issue, be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Is the BMW 320d the best car ever produced? Richard Hammond thinks so

Is the BMW 320d the best car ever produced? Richard Hammond thinks so

BMW has always been obsessed with producing the ‘ultimate driving machine,’ and no, those machines don’t just come in the form of M-series vehicles. Nope, BMW strives to deliver perfection in every single car made by the German giant, and if Richard Hammond is to be believed, they may have just created the best car ever with the recently launched BMW 320d coupe.

On paper, a claim like that may sound unfounded considering there are cars literally 10 times the price of the 320d on the market, and surely they’re better? But, that’s not the point. The point is whether a car is or isn’t the complete package, and Hammond truly believes the 320d is that exact package. He praises the styling, the handing, the rear leg room, the price and has great difficulty naming even one flaw.

In the end, the respected journo simply states that the red stripe running across the dashboard in the Sport trim variant is the only downside of what else is a perfect car.

It’s very interesting to note that the 320d in question is actually the base version in the diesel range, yet it seems to be the best. It may only come fitted with a four-cylinder diesel engine producing 184 HP at 4,000 rpm, but it does deliver 280 lb-ft of torque and as we know from experience, the best thing about diesel’s is the seemingly never endless torque they deliver.

Follow the link to find the original review on the Mirror.

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Australian teen steals BMW X5 while under the influence of paint

Australian teen steals BMW X5 while under the influence of paint

The fact that illicit drugs are easily accessible to many teenagers across the world is worrying in and of itself, but the fact that everyday household products can have the same effects is quite astounding and extremely worrying. Case in point, this 17-year old Australian male who was recently arrested after being pursued by police for over two hours while under the influence of paint.

Yep, those fumes we’re sure you all are familiar with, can be used by immature people to get high, but we never imagined it could impair an individual’s perceptions this much. The driver, William John Noel Compton, attracted police attention after a white BMW X5 was stolen from a Westlake home in Brisbane, while a black BMW Z4 roadster was also taken from the same household by another group.

It’s believed that five teenagers were in the vehicle throughout the entire chase, but until the teens face court, we’ll never know just what they were thinking. Furthermore, scientific testing on how paint fumes can affect an individual are extremely limited and almost non-existent, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the driver was under a similar hit provided by marijuana and other similar illicit drugs.

If one positive can be taken out of this event, it’s the fact that much of the chase was captured by a Channel 7 media helicopter and we can show you that exact video. The lives of dozens of motorists were put in harm’s way, and after many recent deaths in Australia resulting from police chases, the pursuing cop cars were understandably cautious while following the vehicle.

Check out the video above, and please note we don’t condone this sort of behavior!

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