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Re: advice: cornering quirks (long) (archive)

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Posted by Karl Asseily on August 02, 2001 at 12:37:09:

In Reply to: advice: cornering quirks (long) posted by Skip on August 02, 2001 at 12:29:39:

That is completely normal, and characteristic of the M Coupe, which is tail happy.
When you lift the throttle to shift, you are transfering weight to the front of the car, thereby lightening up the rear significantly. If you do it too fast (lifting up that is), the change will be too abrupt, and will upset the balance of the car. What you have to practice is smooth transitions off the throttle. Lift up, yes, but lift up slowly, so the weight shift becomes gradual.
This is especially CRITICAL if you are at the traction limit. Any error or sudden weight transfer will make your car loose on the rear end VERY quickly.

After shifting, EASE back on the throttle. Don't gas it super quickly. Again, you'll be transfering weight from front to rear, which you do not want to be done abruptly.

Weight transfer, I believe, is the most important aspect of car handling, and only smoothness can help you out in that respect.

Good luck driving your favorite onramps. In SoCal, we have aplenty :-)


I love accelerating all out down long curving on-ramps. I've noticed that while under full throttle, the car handles one way and as soon as I lift the throttle and shift up, the handling seems to change significantly. Then, when I hit the gas in the next gear, the car seems to hunker down again and feels more solid in the turn. In neither case do the tires break loose but it just feels like under more extreme lateral G's, that the car would become "unpredictable" during shifts. Aside from giving up my on-ramp hobby, are there other tricks I should consider or is this a non-problem to begin with?

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