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That might be exactly what i'm doing... (archive)

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Posted by jonathan on June 12, 2000 at 15:04:43:

In Reply to: Re: How can I decrease UNDERSTEER? posted by Jim Scott on June 12, 2000 at 12:38:54:

In my miata, taking a turn quickly and then flicking the steering wheel would quickly unsettle the rear end, creating lots of oversteer. Going in conservatively and then speeding up would seem to plant the rear end a little better, making the car a bit more neutral.

I think I'm still learning to drive the M3. I'll try to leave the throttle alone till I'm passed the apex and on the exit line (please correct racing jargon if incorrect).

I still think I've got bad habits left from the VW corrado. Talk about FWD torque steer...


: I find that if I am on the throttle too hard in a tight turn I will plow more. The weight of the car is shifted toward the rear reducing the amount of weight on the fronts so they have less traction. If I approach the corner at a higher speed and apply throttle gently on exit the car seems more balanced and maintains more front traction. You may already understand this but I posted because many people approach corners a little too conservatively. This causes them to make major throttle changes mid corner to get more speed (once they realize they are going too slow) and end up unbalancing the car.

: I am no expert, this is based on my own personal experience.

: Jim Scott
: 99' M3 Techno

: : I've got a 95 with LTW wheels and the seems to plow through the corners a bit too much for my liking. Drove a 98 and I could get the tail out just a tad. I'm used to driving my supercharged miata with 195 width tires that can oversteer like a mad dog.

: : Isn't there a way to adjust the tire pressure to correct? Or maybe change the tire sizes? I'd rather not spring for a swaybar as I'd like to stay stock class for autocross. I think my front shocks are weak, which might be aggrevating the plowing problem.

: : Thanks
: : Jonathan
: : Raleigh, NC
: : 95 M3

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