I met a military commander today. Not what I expected at all. Firstly, he was dressed in civilian clothes. Secondly, he wasn’t barking orders at me, and he can steer, too.
Sat behind the wheel of the ABT R8, the guy had no hesitation in putting his boot into it, sliding it around his own army barracks with ease. The scary thing is, he’d never driven it before. Anyone who can drift 390kW of all wheel drive without having even sat in it previously, has my respect.
We filmed for a short time with a complete run of the area, and then moved on to a rifle range, also run by the same colonel. There, we did a drag race between an M5 and the ABT R8, as well as a brake test. We also asked for a couple of MG42 machine guns. “Dance, Anthony, dance.” Ah, that was fun.
After we wrapped up filming, we had another quick blast down the autobahn, proving to ourselves that the ABT R8 really is a very quick car.
It was then time for another autobahn run. But this time, heading to Brabham Racing to pick up the BT92 tuned M3. I must point out, I stole the M5 keys, and blasted into the distance, much to the dismay of George and Alborz, who were stuck in the Focus. As they say, the early bird gets the worm.
It was then time to join the 275km/h club. In the M5 it’s as effortless as breathing. Just plant your foot, and you’re there, levelling off against the limiter.
We arrived in Altenahr, a quaint little German town, that night, just in time to scoff some beautiful pizzas and head off to bed. The morning brought blue skies, high hopes, and a meeting with the head of Brabham Racing and Veritas.
Unfortunately, the Veritas was in the Britain, which meant just concentrating on Brabham’s M3. Good choice, because as soon as you see it, you’ll agree it is one tough looking car. The engine was cranked, and barked into life with a growl. It settles into a deep gravely rumble, which is ready to make your ears bleed at any moment.
Tomorrow is more filming with the Brabham, and a quick stop off at the Nurburgring. Click here to see our Brabham BT92 M3 teaser.