Pic of the Week: An M6 going sideways


Lukewarm our reaction to the new BMW M6 may have been, but in an age of electric systems controlling your every automotive move and an ever-increasing focus on cars with eco-cred, it's nice to see that BMW can still make a car that is utterly at home going very sideways indeed.

To celebrate that fact, here is a shot of the M6 in the middle of a gratuitous and gloriously anti-social powerslide. Rapid? No. Sensible? Not really. Fun? Very much so...

So a big pat on the back to all the boys and girls over at BMW's M division. We might have taken issue with its turbo'd noise and its detached demeanour, but it's good to know that when it comes to shortening the life of a pair of Michelins, M cars are still second to none.

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  • MGJohn 03 Jul 2012

    NoodleSmythe said:
    I think we have the same kitchen worktop.
    Shuuuush! Don't tell her indoors... wink
    .

  • NoodleSmythe 03 Jul 2012

    MGJohn said:
    That is a possibility. No trace of a leak when there's nowt inside the box to leak out.

    That was ten years ago now. The few used cars I've bought since I've always drained the gearbox to check there's sufficient in there and the right stuff. Glad I did, another car I did that to since had a problem gearbox which I fixed. Vacuuming the interior a little later I discovered a Chitty from Santa Pod under the driver's seat showing a respectable time down their 1/4 mile run... with next to no lubricant in the poor car's gearbox!

    Any bluddy wonder.

    EDIT to add @ 12.29 :#

    This gearbox is originally a Honda design from the days of the Honda-ARGroup partnership. The differential seals are easily damaged by heavy handed work when servicing the car ~ changing a split CV-Joint boot etc. Thus, whenever I refurbish one of these gearboxes, I always fit a pair of these OE Differential - Driveshaft seals :~



    Sorted.. no more leaks ... smile
    ..

    Edited by MGJohn on Tuesday 3rd July 12:29
    I think we have the same kitchen worktop.

  • MGJohn 03 Jul 2012

    E38Ross said:
    you mean it had a gearbox leak and wasn't attended to wink
    That is a possibility. No trace of a leak when there's nowt inside the box to leak out.

    That was ten years ago now. The few used cars I've bought since I've always drained the gearbox to check there's sufficient in there and the right stuff. Glad I did, another car I did that to since had a problem gearbox which I fixed. Vacuuming the interior a little later I discovered a Chitty from Santa Pod under the driver's seat showing a respectable time down their 1/4 mile run... with next to no lubricant in the poor car's gearbox!

    Any bluddy wonder.

    EDIT to add @ 12.29 :#

    This gearbox is originally a Honda design from the days of the Honda-ARGroup partnership. The differential seals are easily damaged by heavy handed work when servicing the car ~ changing a split CV-Joint boot etc. Thus, whenever I refurbish one of these gearboxes, I always fit a pair of these OE Differential - Driveshaft seals :~



    Sorted.. no more leaks ... smile
    ..

    Edited by MGJohn on Tuesday 3rd July 12:29

  • E38Ross 03 Jul 2012

    you mean it had a gearbox leak and wasn't attended to wink

  • MGJohn 03 Jul 2012

    NoodleSmythe said:
    The Torsen FWD differential'ed Tomcat could be made to spin violently mid corner without provocation by Tony Pond as I recall. He could reproduce the effect at will for the Rover management team. Fear of litigation put paid to it's production.
    Overdrive any car, be it a Veyron or Metro 1.0L and you can make it do all sorts of things.

    My TomCat Turbo had a TorSen Differential. I had to rebuild the gearbox as the previous owner had allowed, or those he entrusted to repair the gearbox previously, to run without lubricant! Only an egg cup full was drained from it when 'noises' first appeared instead of the recommended 2.2 Litres of MTF 94!

    The previous owner was clocked @ 133 mph on the M3 and was awarded a six month ban and hefty fine... Must try harder ... wink... That car was capable of rather more than that unless the Satnav spoke with forked tongue.

    If I hustled the car ( overdrove it ) on a less than ideal surface you could make the front wheels do all sorts of things... not recommended unless you know what you're doing.

    I used an MG Montego Turbo Gold Label PG1 for the rebuild as it has the same spec as the Tomcat turbo's ~ same gear ratios and final drive ~ but, with steel caged differential bearings instead of the Nylon caged ones which are prone to wear more quickly than the metal caged ones... which are a tad noisier of course but stronger. In any event I renewed both with premium grade 6208 bearings with steel ball cages and no further undue noises. Any gearbox will soon become noisy without lubricant.

    All the Rover 220, 420, 620 and later 820 turbos were fitted with the TorSen ( Torque Sensing ) Differential. They work well for most driving conditions.

    By the way, contrary to popular belief, it is possible to drift a front wheel drive car ... again ... not recommended ... if you get my drift... wink
    ..


    Edited by MGJohn on Tuesday 3rd July 12:04

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