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shifting mid corner is bad...mckaaaaay? (archive)

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Posted by Titan///M on August 02, 2001 at 15:18:48:

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

Track driving teaches you the reality of physics VERY quickly. I am far from an expert, but anytime you upset the balance of the car the car will react badly. Setting the car is probably the most important aspect of apexing on a track- it pretty much applies to hard driving in general. To paint a picture:
Gall your braking and downshifting done in a straight line BEFORE you enter the turn(unless you are a late braking expert- not recommended for the faint of heart). Mid-turn, depending on the radius you will need to give it 20-50% throttle(depending on the car- fwd/rwd/HP-TQ, etc.)- this will keep the back end planted(this is a good thing). If you lift, shift, brake, or do anything that upsets the balance and causes the rear to suddenly get light, CYA!!!

Anyhow, just something to think about. I would recommend taking a high perf. driving course before you do anything crazy in your coupe and then attend a few open track events(with caution). I was lucky in that I had an easy and well handling car to learn with(a miata). I did not take any professional classes until last year. If I had started with the Mcoupe, I probably would have ended up in a wall at Laguna Seca like our mate with the black coupe(won't mention any names).

P.S. anybody else going to the Historics @ Laguna and the Concourse Italiano?

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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