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The Legendary Nurburgring
I took my FMII 10 AE to the legendary Nurburgring today. I'm happy to report that I had zero problems in 51 miles driven in anger. The turbo breathed like Darth Vader into my left ear, which blended nicely with the exhaust thundering in my right. More impressive than the turbo (although not having that kind of power would have made the trip much less fun) was the suspension. The Stage 2 FM suspension (4 years old) held the car absolutely flat and planted through some of the most insane corners I've ever seen. What makes them insane, I think, is the fact that there are no speed limits. They were nice and wide, so I often took them wide and cut hard in, and let the tires complain. Yet for all that, the only time the tail stepped out was when I wanted it to, with a turbo-pushed boot. It just gripped and gripped, all the way through two sets of hot laps. Back to the turbo, not once did it hiccup, surge, or do anything at all questionable, and it was HOT today. For Germany, 95 degrees might as well be Hell.
It did all that on one tank of gas, with the help of a little 2.5 gal can a friend brought, but since his Evo X's clutch crapped out, didn't need it. I drive 2 hrs to the track, 51 miles on the track, and 2 hrs home, there and back with the A/C blasting. Not one complaint from the car.
Thanks again for the careful engineering and thorough research on your products. They work, plain and simple. No drama installing the parts, no drama driving with the parts.
I see now why races are so long. The drivers don't want to stop. They're having too much fun.