TRACTION CIRCLE (13 of 13) Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts

Introduction Welcome to 13th and final part of this racing concepts series. Remember: the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” OK, pay attention. This is where it all comes together. I definitively stated in a previous post that it is very important to realize that a tire is capable of[…]

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REV MATCHING & HEEL-TOE DOWNSHIFTING (12 of 13) Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts

Introduction Welcome to twelfth part of this racing concepts series. Remember: the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” Here’s where it all gets very interesting. Let’s do it! Let’s take a moment to consider a shifting concept called rev-matching (rev being short for engine speed in revolutions per minute,[…]

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(064) DOWNSHIFTING (11 of 13) Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts

Introduction Welcome to part eleven of this racing concepts series. Remember: the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” Here we go. There are so many interesting downshifting techniques that can help a driver be smoother and more efficient: rev matching, heel-toe shifting, double clutching, skip shifting, short shifting, clutchless shifting, etc.[…]

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left foot braking 1

(061) THE LEFT FOOT BRAKING ADVANTAGE (10 of 13) Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts

Introduction Welcome to part 10 of this racing concepts series. Remember: the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” Ready? For me to thoroughly explain left foot braking, we need to break it down into two categories: Driving on the road. Driving on the track.   Left Foot Braking Part 1:[…]

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driver improvements

(059) DRIVER IMPROVEMENTS (9 of 13) Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts

Introduction Welcome to the ninth part of this racing concepts series. Remember: the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” OK. Let’s get down to business. Knowledge of the racing world is the difference between good drivers and drivers who are consistently winning. It really is that simple. Drivers who purposefully seek[…]

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CUSTOM TIRE PRESSURE

(058) CUSTOM TIRE PRESSURE PROGRAM (8 of 13) Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts

Introduction Welcome to part eight of this racing concepts series. Remember: the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” I got this idea from legendary motorsport coach Ross Bentley.  This is how he keeps track of tire pressures while racing autocross. I’ve added a few components because I like being overly[…]

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coefficient of friction slip angles

(057) CO-EFFECIENT OF FRICTION & SLIP ANGLES (7 of 13) Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts

Introduction Welcome to the seventh part of this racing concepts series. Remember: the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” Alright. Here it is. Co-efficient of friction is just a brainy term for the relationship between a tires vertical load and its ability to grip–grip being either a lateral force (side[…]

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CONTACT PATCH VERTICAL LOAD

(054) CONTACT PATCH & VERTICAL LOAD (6 of 13) Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts

Introduction Welcome to part six of this racing concepts series. Remember: the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” Ready? Here we go. The only thing connecting your car to the ground is the tire contact patch. Obviously, your car has four of them–one on each tire. And, as we talked[…]

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tire management

(053) TIRE MANAGEMENT (5 of 13) Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts

Introduction Welcome to part #5 of this racing concepts series. Remember: the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” Ok, here we go. Knowledge of tire pressures and their effects on performance is a key element to racing success. Unfortunately, this aspect of racing is vastly overlooked and ignored by amateur racers.[…]

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track analysis

(051) TRACK ANALYSIS (4 of 13) Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts

 Introduction Welcome to the fourth part of this racing concepts series. Remember: the most dangerous words in the English language are “I already know that.” Here we go. A racing track is typically quite wide, leaving you with many options to place your car in various lanes. As you’re probably well aware, the fastest way around[…]

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