BimmerCast #33: Petit LeMans & the 1 Series (2011 LCI & FWD vs RWD)

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On this week ‘s BimmerCast we talk all things ALMS with a wrap up of the Petit LeMans and the 2010 ALMS season. It ‘s in-depth and just the kind of thing you won ‘t hear on Speed TV.

Then we turn out attention to the 1 Series. First up is the 2011 LCI that brings LED front and rear lights. Then we turn our attention to the reality of a FWD 1er and whether or not we ‘ll ever see that car in the US.

Finally we ‘ve improved our audio quality over the past few episodes but we ‘re not finished. This week features a louder (yes more volume) mix that many of you have been requesting. Keep the feedback coming!

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  • Drill

    What are ram stack looking things in the center kidneys? They look like alu/CF air horns (which would be friggin awesome IMO, lol)?

  • The trumpets, CF with aluminum in the kidney, are the ALMS air restrictors. That is where the engine breathes through. The large CF tubes, opennings are part of the aero package which is extensive to say the least.

    -M

  • Drill

    Dude, ALL that CF ducting and the engine only has those 2 trumpets!! Wow.

  • goat

    Thumbs up on the audio being turned up to 11. (well, not quite 11, but louder for sure.) 🙂

  • Micah

    Gotta ask Michael, have you ever driven an R53 MINI at speed at the track? You seem to hate the brand, but contrary to your stated opinion, it is a FWD car that is fun, capable, does not torque steer, and can out-handle many BMWs & out match much more powerful (& heavier) RWD cars.

  • I have driven an R53 on track as well as an R56 JCW on the track. Sorry the MINI is not competition on a fast track to a BMW, in autocross I would take the MINI but otherwise you can keep it.

    Also, Micah the new cars do torque steer (significantly).

  • I have driven an R53 on track as well as an R56 JCW on the track. Sorry the MINI is not competition on a fast track to a BMW, in autocross I would take the MINI but otherwise you can keep it.

    Note: both Matt and I disagree with this as a blanket statement :). Oh and the torque steer is gone for 2011.

  • goat

    Enjoyed the podcast… thanks guys!

  • Chris

    I too prefer to watch the GT cars race in ALMS. The production based cars do have more relevancy. I haven’t read it yet, but there is an article in this month Road & Track comparing the ALMS GT cars to their production counterparts.

    Although the LMP classes have become less relevant lately, I’m surprised at how much you guys seem to dislike them. If I remember correctly, you’re big fans of F1. Doesn’t the engine and drive train development that goes on in both ALMS and F1 make them both relevant? I do wish there was more factory support for the LMP classes as there was just a few short years ago.

    Anyway, keep up the good work guys. If you ever need to embed someone with the RLR BMWs at Long Beach, Laguna Seca or even Salt Lake, I’m happy to help! 🙂

  • Chris- We may be attending more races next season and we will keep you in mind… at least for a meet up!

    Salt Lake is a no go if I recall correctly