Cars are faster while driving down a highway. However, driving a race car is a whole new experience for many drivers. It is because of several dynamics that come into play and the demanding tasks required from the driver themselves under the circumstances. For those willing to master the art of driving a race car fast, below are some essential basic tips you will need up your sleeve in that cockpit.
Cornering fast is an oxymoron, but it is possible with the proper technique. Make sure that your brake, turn and accelerate once. If you are doing any of the three steps twice, you are doing it wrong. When approaching a corner, take the outer lane of the corner elbow, brake initially hard and ease of the brakes slowly. It helps slow you down and keeps the car front wheels on the track for grip. Then you make a turn into the corner until you reach the apex, ensure your front wheels are straight on the exit and accelerate. You could also use the tail braking technique where you swerve the car rear, which helps in slowing down the car. Using the steering wheel and the throttle and balance the car out of the corner and accelerate.
It is vital to keep your eyes on the track. Only focusing on the bonnet brim or the car in front of you gives you less view of your surroundings. It means limited options in case there is an impending accident that can be avoidable. It also works against you if you are racing as some drivers avoid do it intentional to maintain a lead over you.
A broad view gives you more options and a good reaction time to prevent accidents. You should also focus and keep your track. Shifting lanes affects your acceleration since you introduce extra external forces and distance sideways instead of covering the path ahead of you. So, maintain your road to achieve maximum speeds unless overtaking.
Comfort and safety are paramount while cruising at top speeds. For the driver, you should have your hands on the 9 and 3 on the steering wheel. It is agronomic, and it is safe in case an airbag deploys from the steering center in an accident. It being agronomic, the driver can be able to balance the car on the track with an ease that is fundamental at top race speeds and cornering.
Majority of the race cars are manual transmission drive. Therefore, proper and timely shifting is essential to ensuring the engine maintains the minimum required revolutions to generate the required power for the car. One can learn the heel and toe shifting which is a proven method that help keeps the engine revolutions to the maximum. Race cars are mostly fit with turbos and the turbo boost kicks in above certain engine revolutions for that extra power boost. It also ensures smooth input to the vehicle and it avoids skidding on the track that could be fatal in certain circumstances in the road.
The left braking technique helps increase your braking reaction time. It is because the foot is always hovering the brake pedal just in case any braking is necessary.