I watched the episode last night as well and I think it would have been a much closer match up if the used the 4 door M3. Going back and looking at the episode again 99% sure Foust was in full auto mode.
Hey, I'll agree with your statement, but it needs to be specified as to what parts the bimmer is better. The bimmer is faster and designed more for the track than the F, but the F, imo, is a better car all around. I like the fit, finish and quality of the Lexus line far better than any bmw. I'll concede that the m3 stock will handle better than a stock F on the track. The reliability of any Lexus is far superior than any bmw though.It's funny how I see people making excuses for the ISF.
Plain and simple M3 is a little better. Doesn't mean that our car sucks just means that the M is a little better.
I think as a forum we should call Tanner out for an M3 vs ISF rematch. He can drive his M3 and any of us who have track experience would be able to give him a run for his money - certainly in the acceleration tests. If Fousts M3 is no longer stock then so much the better as there are plenty of modded ISFs on this forum that can take him on.My sister can drive the F better than Tanner did. That test was a joke. If it lost by a bit, no biggie, I can accept that since the overall fit/finish and quality is greater than the M3. However, my grandma would have won with the jump that the F got in both acceleration tests.
WOOOOAAAAHHHHHH!!! I like the challenge!I think as a forum we should call Tanner out for an M3 vs ISF rematch. He can drive his M3 and any of us who have track experience would be able to give him a run for his money - certainly in the acceleration tests. If Fousts M3 is no longer stock then so much the better as there are plenty of modded ISFs on this forum that can take him on.
The result do look illogical. In all the tests I seen (Top Gear, Fifth Gear, Best Motoring) the IS-F always beats the M3 in 0-60 by about half a car length and they are about even in the quarter mile. Usually they also include the C63in the super sports sedan test and that always takes first with 450ft/lb of toque! Also the IS-F has stronger brakes than the M3. That is something the Lexus engineers paid particular attention to after studying the weakness with the E46 M3's brakes.
I would think the M3 should have won the road course due to its complex differential etc.
There could be a number of factors for these results:
tires - putting a set of BS RE-11 or Toyo comp tires on the IS-F would have totally reverse the results. We don't know about the condition or type of tire on the cars
driver - skills, familiarity with the car etc
bias - this could be intentional or not
favours - German car makes are not as squeaky clean as one may think. JAnd being showered with gift and goodies sometime make journalist favour one brand or another. read this and you may get a better idea of how German car companies keep their legendary status http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN238501720100323