Thursday, June 23, 2011
This is a call to let any ex-employees of MRTE know that we have made a facebook page dedicated to MRTE that you can join!
Here is the link:
See you there!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
This happened in Finland, near Hämeenlinna, in 2009. It happened to be with a rear wheel drive car: BMW.
I had never driven a rear wheel drive rally car before.
I tell you what:
I was glad the first touch happened on a big wide rallycross circuit because I spun twice on my first lap! My passenger, who was the car's previous owner, must have thought: "OMG who is this guy?" The track was wide and there was no danger to hit anything, so at least like this I managed to figure out what the car could do.
Why did it spin?
Simply because I was used to 4 wheel drive, where you can come into corners with blazing guns and brake so late a priest would lose his faith over it.
I had to rethink my approach, have a coffee break, a bit of a chat with my friends, then it was ok.
Unlike WRC cars, where the rear is super stable, in this car I had to brake much earlier. Then I had to turn into corners very smoothly, off the brakes. I waited and applied throttle gently as I got closer to the apex. Then I gunned it and hoped for the best!
After that we took the car on a forest road, it was cool to drive in Finland again!
You can find more pics of this adventure on the BMW page.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I can already hear some of you asking: how the heck did that happen?
Thanks to my blog, I got a message from a gentleman, who understood 100% of my story. So we got to talking and next thing I knew I got an email saying Prodrive is inviting me to try the Mini WRC and discuss about things.
I said: "Ok I'm there!"
Once up there, the potential connection between my being German and the involvment of BMW was discussed. Prodrive and I both agreed that it was worth trying to make something out of it. I was welcoming Prodrive's enthousiasm.
The test was organised on Prodrive's Warwick test track, which is basically an old reconverted Royal Air Force airport, on which they have built a small track which resembles those made for karting. When I was first told about the test, that we were running on gravel suspension and gravel tires, Prodrive was making an effort to explain that I should not worry.
I said: "It's ok guys, I love driving on karting tracks with a rally car and especially on gravel tires."
PS. Check out the Mini page for more pics!