Weight Transfer

What is weight transfer? A car, at rest, distributes its weight over the four tires. When you accelerate, the front gets lighter – an extreme example is a drag car doing a “wheelie”. The result is “weight transfer” off the front tires, and onto the back tires. When you step on the brakes, weight transfers […]

Approaching the Limit Safely

Some people believe that an occasional spin or crash is essential to learning to drive quickly. This is not true. A spin or crash is the result of an extreme case of exceeding the limits of the car and driver. Loosing control of the car is a hazard to the car involved as well as […]

In Slow, Out Fast

Many drivers believe that the key to driving quickly is to drive into the corner as deep as possible, slam on the brakes at the last possible instant, jerk the wheel into the turn, and then slam the throttle as hard as possible to the floor. Its really much simpler than that! The single most […]

Shifting, Up, Down and Heel Toe

UpshiftingUpshifting should be done smoothly. Speedshifting will shorten the gearbox life. The only time I force an upshift is in a side by side race to the next corner, for position. I will sometimes “bang a gear” in an effort to take or hold a position. Listen to the in-car shifts of professional racers on […]

Learning the Line

The line is the path around the track, that when driven at the limit, will yield the fastest lap time. The line through any particular corner is accomplished using a “connect the dots” approach. There is a specific “turn in”, or “corner entry” point, which is the point where you begin turning the wheel. At […]