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|17th April 2005, 00:52||#1|
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hey everyone...i've got these driving tips from a website just wanted to post it here..
1.Full acceleration wastes fuel at low revs. The accelerator controls directly the amount of fuel going into the engine. 2/3 throttle will give good acceleration and a lot more fuel economy. When the revs climb up the engine will burn extra fuel more efficiently and will respond with more power. Keeping a light throttle will also help your fast take of – a spinning wheel is not going to give you more forward momentum.
2.Tyre pressure. Tire pressures always increase as the tyre warms up – do not inflate them to the maximum pressure if your going to do a track day. You will need more pressure than the lowest recommended setting initially but you must remember to check pressure again with warm tyres to avoid a burst.
3.Braking - lots of heavy braking will generate loads of heat in the whole braking system – most track day accidents occur when breaks overheat and fail. Brake hard early on – feel for stopping power before relying on the brake to slow the car – if the brakes are ok ease off a little if they fail you have a bit more space for slowing the car up through engine braking. Cadence breaking hard soft hard soft is recommended for emergency stops on cars with no ABS.
4.Use a synthetic brake fluid (DOT 5 or better) and high quality braided hoses.
5.You know your car but the surface condition of the track will dramatically alter the control you have over your car. Build up speed when you are used to the track surface. Things to remember are the amount of camber, bumps, gravel and loose chippings and obviously patches of oil or water.
6.Run and warm the engine but do not run on a track with a hot engine, if the cooling is not working and the temperature is rising then driving hard will cause serious engine problems. A track day will put a lot of strain of the car and reduce the cars life by about 2 years. Change the oil before and after ensuring that the level is just on the max mark and recheck half way through the track day when the car has cooled off at lunchtime.
7.Cornering – the exit speed is what gives you the advantage – so slow up early and accelerate through the corner on a trailing throttle building up power and speed toward the exit vector. Get used to the front rear balance of your car and keep the cars weight evenly distributed towards the outer front and rear tyres. If there is too much weight toward the front a little throttle can help balance things up and if the rear is becoming overloaded then lifting of or very gentle breaking will help.
8.Stability - keep windows and sunroof closed (and the Bonnet, Doors and Boot should also be closed) when driving at high speed as these can dramatically affect the handling of the car. Tyres (pattern and tread) should be equal with a bias of more tread depth to the rear if they are uneven. Tyres should never be mixed on the same axle and preferably on the whole car always keep to the same make. Regular swapping of the tyres will help to even out the wear so that the tyres wear out at the same rate.
PS..shold i mention the website??
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Last edited by Rudra Sen : 17th April 2005 at 07:25.
|17th April 2005, 16:32||#4|
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Its more relevant to track driving but a lot of things can be adapted to normal road driving too.
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