Re: Photos and videos from 5-25

Dave Sparks

First of all, this is the BMW club and not the Miata club. The courses are designed with BMWs in mind, and for that reason, I will always feature at least one straight where you can stretch your legs.

BTW, what matters in autox is [u]torque[/u], not horsepower (unless your engine is [i]severely[/i] RPM-limited).

I usually run simulations to help me balance the course for handling vs. torque, but I didn’t do it this time. My intuition says that this course was reasonably balanced. I watched a few videos, and I think the best drivers were spending less than 1/3 of the time at full throttle. If you find a big disparity in time spent at full throttle between the slowest and fastest cars, then you can argue that it’s a course designed for torque. I’m pretty sure this was not the case.

Next month’s course will be all about speed control.