Video: Drifty E92 M3 Hounds McLaren 720S At Auto Club Speedway

A standard E92 M3 is no slouch. Its 414-horsepower V8 and playful chassis make it a drifter’s dream. It’s also quite predictable and easy to lean on, and with a few footwork modifications to ensure enough braking power to consistently slow the 3,600-pound sedan over the course of a session, you’ll have a truly enjoyable, analog, even-fun-at-slow-speeds track toy.

A square setup helps make this M3 even more lively.

Andy Boskovic, also known as DRIVER46, couldn’t live with a stock M3. He fitted his car with with BC coilovers, a Becker exhaust, Hotchkis sway bars, and aggressive Hawk DTC 60 brake pads for that extra bit of bite and reassurance on track. The rear end is a little too stiff for great traction off most of Auto Club Speedway’s slower corners, but it doesn’t seem to slow Andy’s progress much.

Countersteering through most corners, he drives this M3 more like a rally car.

Not only does he seem to enjoy sliding the car around like Tsuchiya, but he’s able to pass most everyone without problems. After passing a cautiously driven McLaren 720S around the banking (2:12) at 120 miles per hour, it seems like that supercar would be jst another feather in his cap that day. However, it’s one of the few that can put up a fight.

It’s that sleek supercar which manages to loom in his mirrors for more than a few corners through the technical infield, but it’s not cornering speeds that helps it most. A short straight is all the 720S needs to show it’s in another league completely (3:14)—in terms of acceleration, anyways.

When the two roll onto the roval’s banking, there’s really no contest from 60-120 miles per hour. While a braver driver in the McLaren would streak away along the banking, the price paid for looping a supercar at those speeds deters most sensible drivers.

If this duel proves anything, it’s that old racing adage of “track only what you can write off.”

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Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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