(029) Traction Circle

In this video I discuss the incredible traction circle. Pay attention, because this concept can yield huge gains for you on the track.

Traction Circle – Video Transcript

Hey everybody Matt Covert here from howtobecomearacecardriver.com. I’m going to start this video a little differently. I’m going to go ahead and put the subscriber link right up here and I’m going to leave up here through the whole video. Because I think this one video is the most valuable one that I’ve made yet. And I just want to give you a link to subscribe and never miss another video like this ever again. Super valuable content.

So let’s get right on into it. We’re going to talk about traction circle. Alright? And this is one of my favorite concepts cause it’s totally going to blow your mind wide open. If you haven’t seen the traction ratios video that’s kind of a precursor to this one. So go back and watch that one before you get into this.

Understanding traction circle is going to make you faster. It’s going to give you a really cool mind blow, that really cool ah ha moment. It totally did for me when I learned this a while ago. And you’re going to be able – let me make sure I say this right, because this is really cool, OK? You’re going to see why tires can produce more tires more grip under combination forces than they can in any one direction. And I’m really excited to share this with you so let me show you a really neat visual.

This is a traction circle. This represent all the different forces – potential forces in any direction. So this is a theoretical car. Let’s say it can brake at one G. And it can turn in either direction at one G. And it can accelerate at one G. And it can do any of these things at any time by themselves. Alright? The old school theory of driver, which I talked about in the traction ratios video, is that when you approach the corner you would brake at a hundred percent. And then you would corner at a hundred percent. And then throttle at a hundred percent. You didn’t mix these together.

So what that would look like if you plotted it you would start on the brake and then you would come all the way over here. And then you would come off and then back on the throttle. And it would look kind of like that. The actual faster way is to mix these forces together. So you’re braking into the corner and then you’re trading off forces as you’re cornering and then you’re trading off forces again as you’re under acceleration.

I want to show you why that’s faster. Let’s make a plot here. So let’s say that a – going into a corner you’ve started to turn in and you release the brakes to about .8 Gs so you’re not using the whole force, OK? And you’re also trading off some of this braking force for cornering force. Let’s say you use half a G of cornering force. Alright? So let’s – let me mark these up here. So you’ve got eight, point eight Gs, braking. And point five of lateral. So let’s just make a little annotation here. Alright? I want you to note – and I’m just going to repeat this – that the force in any one direction is only as good as one G. OK?

But I want you to add these together. And this is the really important part. This is the payoff. You’ll know – notice that when combining forces you’re using a total force of 1.2 Gs. Which is higher than a tire can produce in any one direction. So by combining these forces you’re really tapping into a really bizarre mathematical anomaly that allows you to corner at a higher rate than you can in any one direction. And that’s why it’s faster to mix these forces together.

I’m super pumped about this concept. I really ran with this and implemented this into my racing program a while ago. And it really paid off. It really is amazing, alright?

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