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Old Thu, Jun-03-2010, 08:59:21 PM   #1
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Do you track junkies turn it off? I was at Mid -Ohio recently in my E92 and enjoyed the "stability" but not the "management". It absolutely killed exit speeds, esp on sharp turns leading to straights. So I was tempted to turn it off, but didn't want to wad the car either. What is your experience with it off, tail happy, scary, controllable?

My car was still crazy fast and pretty much killed everything but the 'Vettes.

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Traction control creates unhealthy overconfidence and encourages bad driving technique.

Turn it off.

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Mine always interferes on the track, so it's always off on the track but always on in the street.

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Old Fri, Jun-04-2010, 12:23:39 AM   #4
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You will find no shortage of opinions on this subject. I don't know your experience level, but assuming you are with a good instructor, I suggest you turn it off as soon as the instructor is comfortable with it. Some will want you to turn it off right away, others will be more gradual with it. It is a very forgiving car, and with common sense incremental increases in speed, you should be fine, assuming you have a good understanding of car control.
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e92 system is more complex than e46 to my simple understanding and you can turn off different levels of safety systems - correct?

on the e46, it is very intrusive and therefore should be off if you want to carry speed and learn to control the car and learn about the feedback it is providing.

fwiw, i know someone who did wad the car after turning it off (e90) for the first time on the first few laps

you are probably the best judge of what you are capable of...and how much your car means to you

for sure, I would agree with nrubenstein for an e46

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On dry track I always have it off (even when I started to track). In the wet I leave it on for the first couple of laps to get a feel how slippery it is and then I turn it off.
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