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Ryder
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted July 24, 2002 07:06 PM
What is traction control and how can it be
identified or tech?

NRG77
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 31
posted July 25, 2002 01:31 AM
Traction control is something only boldface cheaters use. It's also pretty expensive. This month's issue of Dirt Late Model magazine had a great article all about tracion control. Basically it is an electronic device that detects wheel spin and then interupts the ignition until no wheel spin is detected. It does this incredibily fast and allows the driver to keep his foot in the gas without being concerned about spinning the tires. The reason it is so hard to detect these days is the new systems do not rely on sensors mounted at the wheel, instead the chip inside the control box senses a sudden rise in engine RPM and corrolates that with wheel spin. The boxes are very small (like the size of a pack of cigarettes) and can be carried in the drivers pocket. It only has to be connected to the ignition box with one wire. I imagine the next generation will be wireless. I have also heard of guys installing the control unit inside the MSD box and sealing it back up. No way to detect it then. Average cost for these are about 6,000. Make your own decision whether to use one of these or not, I say it is outright cheating, some say it is only cheating if you get caught, and some say that only inexperienced drivers need it and the skilled drivers know how to carefully apply the throttle. Either way if it adds to the cost of racing I am against it. We are on a very limited budget and pay for most of our expenses out of pocket. It's not fair that we work hard and then get beat by someone with less talent but more money, but maybe that is the nature of racing, you decide.......TC

Ryder
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted July 25, 2002 12:05 PM
I was not acquiring about traction control because we were interested in using it. I had heard that other race teams were using it and I was wondering what it was and why those team were not caught and had continued to race at the local track. We also run on a limited budget and have no means or desires to cheat. I had also heard rumors that other teams had recent been caught with TC, i wonder how this was done? Anyway, thank you for your time and information.

NRG77
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 31
posted July 27, 2002 02:29 AM
The only way to catch someone using it is to find the control unit (usually carried by the driver) or find the connection into the wiring harness. The box is connected to the purple wire that runs from the MSD box to the distributor. The box can be quickly unplugged and hidden if carried by the driver. (or tossed out of the car, an expensive option) At Bristol a few months ago a traction control box was found on the track after a Winston Cup race, when they reviewed the tape Kurt Busch was seen tossing something out of his car. (no fine or penalty this time). The device made by Davis Technologies uses a connector that inserts right into the rubber of the harness. When you pull the connector out the hole closes up. Good luck finding that one. My personal opinion is to make the fine so huge if you are caught that few drivers will risk trying it. Some people have suggested just making the devices legal since they are so hard to fine....but that just drives up the cost of racing, and that's not good for the sport. Hope that helps. If you want to know more get the July issue of Dirt Late Model magazine, it has a great article presenting both sides of the argument. Good luck. TC

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