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Old 05-09-2008, 11:27 AM   #1
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Tracking with DSC?

Hey there, want to take my car out on the track this year. Have never done it before. I have a 2003 540i, and was wondering as it's my first time, should i keep the DSC on, or off. What does everyone else do?
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:15 PM   #2
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If you have an instructor by your side who knows what he does, then I suggest to turn it off, but be smooth. Any "situation" can be seen coming. Your instructor will help you avoid getting in trouble. If you are by yourself, and have no clue what to do on a track, then, keep DSC active.

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Old 05-09-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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ok, looks like DSC will remain on
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:18 PM   #4
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Leave it on. For a first timer, your main goal will be to be slow, smooth and then start building up from there... If you find yourself driving aggressive enough to start triggering DSC, slow down :0
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:53 PM   #5
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Just watch some drift instruction videos on youtube, head to the track as a novice, turn off the DSC, and attempt to clutch kick every corner in an attempt to look awesome for the crowd.

Or seriously just listen to what these guys said.
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Old 05-11-2008, 01:02 PM   #6
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Definetly leave it on, all the torque from your v8 will get you into alot of trouble.
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:34 PM   #7
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I went to my first track day [ever] at mosport DDT last year and i left it on for the first few sessions, then eventually turned it off.
Once you get a feel for the track and you know the lines and what gear to use thru certain sections, and how hard you can push before the light on your cluster starts to blip, then you can turn off the DSC, you'll enjoy the track time more and put down faster lap times with it off.
Take it easy at first, learn the track and you'll be fine, just don't let other drivers with slower cars frustrate you into making a bad move because that 540i has lots of power on tap.
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:00 PM   #8
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I would leave it ON at first, then switch it OFF later in the day when you feel more comfortable with the car. Keep in mind that DSC helps best when accelerating out of the corners, but won't do you much good if you enter a corner too fast. Coincidentally, this is one of the most common novice mistakes.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:36 AM   #9
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is your 540i auto or stick?
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