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BMW WSBK and F1 racers swap rides

Corser rides F1 car while Heidfeld rides S1000RR

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jul. 22, 2009
BMW World Superbike Championship racer Troy Corser and Formula One driver Nick Heidfeld swapped rides for a couple of laps of Germany’s Nurburgring circuit.

Corser climbed into the cockpit of Heidfeld’s BMW Sauber F1 car while Heidfeld mounted Corser’s BMW S1000RR superbike as BMW welcomed 700 guests to the Nurburg, Germany circuit to join the manufacturer’s various race programs.

“It was a sensational experience – thank you to everyone! I already had lots of fun practicing on the street bike in the morning, and managed to score the first scrapes into the knee area of my racing suit,” says Heidfeld. “That was inevitable. Of course I wanted to touch the ground while cornering on the racing machine as well, and I came up trumps there too. I had expected the Superbike to be a huge leap over the production version, a bit like series cars and racers, but I was surprised in the end. The difference is huge. On the one hand the Superbike is more aggressive, builds up more grip and has the superior brakes, but on the other hand it is easier to ride because you can control it so well. The handling is very precise. Obviously I’m still miles from the limit with the superbike; I would love to have done a lot more laps.”

BMW WSBK racer Troy Corser and F1 driver Nick Heidfeld got to ride each other's machines at the Nurburgring.

In switching from his 200 hp motorcycle to the 700 hp race car, Corser says he found himself wanting to brake too early.

“It was just awesome! The car feels so balanced and the brakes are fantastic, the tires have unbelievable grip and the steering is very direct but still has a lot of feeling,” says Corser. “I can’t believe how hard and late you can brake. I know I was braking too early and I really would like to have a day or two with the car to really see what I can do with it. I’d like to thank everybody involved in giving me this opportunity – and I hope I can do it again.”

Corser’s WSBK teammate Ruben Xaus had a chance to drive another BMW race car, the BMW 320si used by drivers Augusto Farfus, Jorg Muller and Sergio Hernandez in the World Touring Car Championship.

“It was a lot of fun but I wish I had more time to play around – unfortunately I’ve got only two laps,” says Xaus. “The car feels very safe and you can go across the kerbstones, which of course I can’t do on the bike. The big difference between four wheels and two is the braking, because you can brake a lot later on four wheels. I enjoyed my brief experience, but I prefer my bike because on the bike I feel free.”