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Old 01-03-2018, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by shekmark View Post
I disagree. I think the Macan is pretty cool. I like the GTS. I don’t think they come with tampons in the glovebox.
agree... maybe im biased. i will be tracking my gts this year though.
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Never been to an event for just SUV, but I did 145 mph in a Cayenne Turbo S into the Bus Stop at Watkins Glen.
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I've got a suggestion for you. Try a winter driving school. SUVs are welcome. You will have a ball and will learn a ton around car control.

Since I'm the VP and Co-CI I'll make a pitch that you come to an Audi Club NEQ Chapter event. We generally run three WDS schools up around the Albany area on a frozen lake. Since we need the cooperation of Mother Nature to run the event the timing remains a bit up-in-the-air but there is generally good advanced warning of a few weeks. The events are relatively low cost and we generally run a fun time-trial at the end of the day. Check out NEQclub.org and we post events on Motorsportreg.com as/when they are open for registration. They do fill up pretty quickly note.
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Originally Posted by brownan
I've got a suggestion for you. Try a winter driving school. SUVs are welcome. You will have a ball and will learn a ton around car control.

Since I'm the VP and Co-CI I'll make a pitch that you come to an Audi Club NEQ Chapter event. We generally run three WDS schools up around the Albany area on a frozen lake. Since we need the cooperation of Mother Nature to run the event the timing remains a bit up-in-the-air but there is generally good advanced warning of a few weeks. The events are relatively low cost and we generally run a fun time-trial at the end of the day. Check out NEQclub.org and we post events on Motorsportreg.com as/when they are open for registration. They do fill up pretty quickly note.
That sounds like a ton of fun.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:02 PM
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I have only done a few laps in the X5M, but it is capable of getting around the track pretty well. This picture was taking already I had tracked down a GT4 and GT4 CS....
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Old 01-04-2018, 08:52 AM
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We had a Macan GTS accidentally get into our fall HPDC last year (normally that wouldn't be allowed but the paperwork wasn't filled in well so we didn't know it was a Macan until he showed up). The vehicle did quite well on a technical track... and then ran out of brake pad by lunch time.
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Old 01-04-2018, 08:55 AM
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That's just mean Mike... Reason for the question was a member of my region asked about having a DE style event for the SUVs. I thought that could be interesting as the Macan and Cayenne are not Jeeps and Suburbans nor are they meant to be. And I wanted to see if anyone had heard of anything like that.

I just got a 2008 CTT it's pretty stout and could be up for track duty. Heck a bunch of us together on track would be interesting. Maybe fun for those pulling trailers to get theirs on track for a session.

I know the SUV crowd has become a large part of the brand sales and could be a "new" track and money base for some clubs.

BTW, I'm the DE registrar for the Niagara Region
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Just remember they are still heavy and follow physics. Most people will be on the stability a lot.
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Old 01-04-2018, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by brownan View Post
I've got a suggestion for you. Try a winter driving school. SUVs are welcome. You will have a ball and will learn a ton around car control.

Since I'm the VP and Co-CI I'll make a pitch that you come to an Audi Club NEQ Chapter event. We generally run three WDS schools up around the Albany area on a frozen lake. Since we need the cooperation of Mother Nature to run the event the timing remains a bit up-in-the-air but there is generally good advanced warning of a few weeks. The events are relatively low cost and we generally run a fun time-trial at the end of the day. Check out NEQclub.org and we post events on Motorsportreg.com as/when they are open for registration. They do fill up pretty quickly note.
I’m betting you’ve got all the cooperation you need this winter (so far)!
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More than once, the OnStar lady has come on in the middle of bouncing off the curbs at VIR’s climbing esses at 105 mph, asking “Mr. Krause, you’ve registered g-forces outside the normal range. Do you need assistance?” 2:38 with seven passengers is the record. So far...
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Originally Posted by hinchcliffe View Post
That's just mean Mike... Reason for the question was a member of my region asked about having a DE style event for the SUVs. I thought that could be interesting as the Macan and Cayenne are not Jeeps and Suburbans nor are they meant to be. And I wanted to see if anyone had heard of anything like that.

I just got a 2008 CTT it's pretty stout and could be up for track duty. Heck a bunch of us together on track would be interesting. Maybe fun for those pulling trailers to get theirs on track for a session.

I know the SUV crowd has become a large part of the brand sales and could be a "new" track and money base for some clubs.

BTW, I'm the DE registrar for the Niagara Region
Hey Curt, as a former CTT owner, it’s all in fun. I actually took my tow P!G out on Lime Rock during a rainstorm several years ago when running with CVR. Then got my *** chewed out by the CI. Had a blast while out there. Loved the CTT and enjoyed it as my tow P!G, but still not sold on its baby brother. Why not gauge interest and try a single run group of the 4 door P cars at one of your events?
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Originally Posted by ProCoach
More than once, the OnStar lady has come on in the middle of bouncing off the curbs at VIR’s climbing esses at 105 mph, asking “Mr. Krause, you’ve registered g-forces outside the normal range. Do you need assistance?” 2:38 with seven passengers is the record. So far...
Haha that also happened to be at COTA and TWS when I still had the Suburban 2500. Hasn't happened yet in the LS, thankfully
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by ProCoach View Post
More than once, the OnStar lady has come on in the middle of bouncing off the curbs at VIR’s climbing esses at 105 mph, asking “Mr. Krause, you’ve registered g-forces outside the normal range. Do you need assistance?” 2:38 with seven passengers is the record. So far...

OMG, I'd be yelling newly-made-up swear words--THAT'S where video would be priceless!!

And I hope you supply sick bags for your vict.., er, passengers, Peter

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Old 01-04-2018, 10:34 AM
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I've instructed a BMW X5M at a local track here. It handled like a big car with tons of power and AWD. Surprisingly the stock brakes didn't give up but the student was taking it fairly easy. We've had a SUV flip over at another local track with a sharp back and forth section called the rattlesnake. They banned SUV's and trucks after that incident.
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Originally Posted by jscott82 View Post
I don't understand the question... I've never heard of SUV track events, and I cant imagine what you would do if they are out there...

Are you talking about tactical driving courses?
Plenty to do in these courses with SUVs. Always wanted to try them as they look like a ton of fun and a great learning experience.

https://www.bsr-inc.com/training-courses/
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