This is not an attempt to pick an arguement. I have heard the term smooth used in road racing for many, many years. But I have never heard a proper definition of what the term really means.kngofthehill wrote:The most important thing is to be smooth. If it is asphalt you want to do your hardest braking going straight into the corner ( so you don't upset the chassis). Depending on the conditions you want to be mostly off of the throttle during hard braking then as soon as you are off of the brakes pick up the throttle as much as the corner will bear coming to full throttle as soon as the tires will allow through the apex and the exit. Again BE SMOOTH sharp throttle inputs cause wheel slip and out of controlness = bad E.T. Have Fun!!!!!!
P.S. If it is dirt ......... You are at the mercy of someone else.
I have taught race car driving for over 35 years, including many different types of racing. Circle track racing is the easiest of all. I have heard well over 50 different definitions of what smoothness really means. None make any sense including yours; they all seem to attempt to defy the laws of physics.I doubt you have driven a race car in any closed course competion or you would know what the term smooth refers to.
Usually what we call "smooth" is backed-up by the lap times and race results.
As I said earlier, various drivers have various definitions of the term smooth. This includes professional and amteurs alike.I doubt you have driven a race car in any closed course competion or you would know what the term smooth refers to.
Smooth is just as it sounds, kinda like the guy who gets better fuel mileage from his daily driver, he is smooth on the throttle, never racing to the next light and coasting to a stop while his foot is off the gas.
Oh ya and the data logger comment, come on, do you think Dale Sr, Cale Y, DW, Rust W, Bill E, Terry L, The King or any of the older Cup drivers ever used a data logger. That is what your ass is for when strapped in the seat, it is to feel what is going on underneath, not just there as a seat warmer along for the ride.
Oh and for the record I have logged over 80 feature wins in an open wheel IMCA type Mod, all w/o the use of data logger or traction control. So yes my ass kinda know's what car should feel like and how to be smooth.
If you can measure brake line pressure, front and rear, you are on your way to developing a really superb braking system for your race car. The brakes are typically the most underdeveloped (and least understood) system on the car and yet one that can provide a great advantage.I have brake bias gauges in the car and really like them. It allows me to go back to a sweet spot for a certain track condition. It also allows me to get close, even if it isn't optimum.
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