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suggest autox and driving school (archive)

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Posted by EricS on August 02, 2001 at 16:25:13:

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

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?

I am fairly new to the M roadster and am learning that it can be very tail happy. I have spun it twice in autocross. There is a lot to learn about driving and in particular driving this car. Watch out, the tail can spin out faster than you know what hit you and bang, you'll be into the curb or off the road...hopefully not off a cliff. Practice somewhere safe like an autocross or empty parking lot. Smooth is the key. No rapid turning after hard braking either, that is what spun me at the last autox.

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