New BMWs will not be banned from BMW CCA Track Days

Interesting, News | April 11th, 2017 by 7
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Earlier today, it was reported that the Genesee Valley Chapter of the BMW CCA (Car Club of America) would be banning certain new BMWs from …

Earlier today, it was reported that the Genesee Valley Chapter of the BMW CCA (Car Club of America) would be banning certain new BMWs from their Track Days, due to advanced safety systems actually becoming a hazard. The idea was that if a BMW M4 with something like lane-keep assist could actually become dangerous on the track. However, BMW North America has been in communication with the main BMW CCA offices and assures us that this ban will be reversed.

BMW NA issued a statement to BMWBLOG, claiming that this was a rogue act by one chapter of the CCA and not the feelings of the origination as a whole.

“The Genesee Valley BMW CCA Chapter created and published an unauthorized policy banning BMW’s with Driver Aids from participating in HPDEs [High Performance Driving Education]. The national BMW CCA office does not share their opinion and is discussing the issue with the chapter.”

BMW is also trying to educate all members of the BMW CCA that these advanced safety systems can be turned fully off, so they shouldn’t be an issue so long as each driver turns them off at the beginning of each race.

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“BMW NA is working closely with the national BMW CCA office to educate and develop a nationwide procedure for including BMWs with Driver Aids in HPDEs. Most advanced driver aids like lane departure warning and blind spot detection do not affect the ability of the driver to control the car on-track at high speed. In addition the systems can be shut off so that they are also not a distraction to a student.”

Admittedly, if the systems are on, we can see how they might be dangerous. Say a car is overtaking and the overtaken car’s lane-keep assist feels the overtaking car is getting to close, it might tug itself in the opposite direction, potentially causing a crash. These systems turn on by default as soon as the car is started but can be switched off by holding down the Driver Aid’s button on the dash until the green light goes out. Drivers just must make sure to do it for every race, which some might forget. However, it will likely be made a mandatory rule and check for the beginning of each race.

So don’t fret, if you have a BMW M4, or any other modern BMW, you can participate in BMW CCA HPDEs or Track Days. Both BMW NA and the BMW CCA are in agreement on this.

7 responses to “New BMWs will not be banned from BMW CCA Track Days”

  1. Michael Calderin says:

    I was going to say, I participated in a 5-series track run hosted by BMW recently and they said the only way their insurance signed off on it was by leaving all the assists activated.

  2. bmw driver says:

    “Say a car is overtaking and the overtaken car’s lane-keep assist feels the overtaking car is getting to close, it might tug itself in the opposite direction, potentially causing a crash.”

    That is not how lane-keep assist works. Two seconds of thought would show that if this were the case, every time the car slowed down to park and was passed closely by another car, it would steer into the kerb or a parked car. Lane keep does just that, it keeps you in a lane, using cameras to identify lane markings and maintain the car between them. There are no lane markings on track, therefore lane keep will not function. Even if it were to function, at all times lane-keep adjustments can be overridden by steering input from the driver, who, because they are at the track, will have both hands on the wheel. This is just an example of ignorant people making decisions about technology they don’t understand.

    • maxnix says:

      There are painted borders on many tracks. The question is, how will lane keeping devices interpret the borders?

  3. Pevvex says:

    U people in USA have strange problems.
    This kind of problems don’t even exist in Europe that’s why we produce best cars. We simply don’t make life more complicated then it is.

  4. maxnix says:

    HPDE are not “races.”

  5. Will ._.Var says:

    How didn’t they know they could turn them off? A little stupid causing such a fuss over something that at the end of the day is entirely defeatable…

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