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Author Topic:   A perfect lap?
Russell G. Sheehan
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted January 19, 2004 10:30 AM  
Could someone describe what it feels like to drive a lap (or at least half a lap) in a car that is set up really well? Something like:
1. Really haulin at the end of the straight.
2. Turn left.
3. Because the shocks are right, the car does ..... This is because the right side shocks are stiff in compression which causes .....
4. Now she's rollin right a little. Because the springs are right, this car does ..... How does the typical 1000lf, 1200rf, 225lr, 200rr cause this?
5. Now hard on the brakes, the bias front/rear, right front off, etc) is right, so the car does .....
Same descriptions for the rolling part of the corner, and of course the exit to the next straight.

This might take a longer post, but who knows, it might jump start a writing career for one of you knowledgeable types!

Thanks in advance.

Russ Sheehan

zeroracing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1875
posted January 19, 2004 10:46 AM  
perfect lap. on dryslick well you let off way before you think you should, prebrake gently let the car set smoothly, and then ease back into the gas before mid turn and then by end of the turn you will be full throttle and passing everybody down the straight.
the fastest laps we run and most people run feel like the slowest you have ever ran.
on mud tracks throw it in but not to far and stomp it alot of the time.

outlawstock17
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Total posts: 1363
posted January 19, 2004 11:49 AM  
that's a good question. i don't think there is such a thing as a perfect lap......it's like a perfect round of golf.

the idea is to be better than the rest of them, not perfect. being perfect is an un-attainable goal that we set for ourselves to keep us striving to do our best, or a little better than we did previously...

i can tell you this though......when "you're on", everything feels like it's in slow motion around you, much like in the movie "the matrix".

[This message has been edited by outlawstock17 (edited January 19, 2004).]

Russell G. Sheehan
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted January 19, 2004 03:03 PM  
Okay, It makes sense there's not gonna be a 'perfect' lap. But how about the same questions against a 'good' lap. I'm just trying to get a handle on what to 'feel' for while trying to sort out all the handling problems. I have the Steve Smith book, Street Stock Chassis Technology, but some of the stuff in there is a little hard to get, especially the stuff about how shocks affect handling.

racer17j
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Total posts: 5390
posted January 19, 2004 03:31 PM  
Hmmm, a little less info than I expected. But hey, can't blame a guy for asking.
Thanks anyway, guys.

24s52
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted January 20, 2004 02:39 PM  
For me the "perfect lap" means I can see so far ahead and have plenty of time to decide and make my moves. I don't have to "fight" the car at all. Almost like the car is an extension of me. In cruisers we always have to look out for the guy going sideways or the one coming back on the track at very odd points. Being able to anticipate these things and have the car react exactly how you want is the perfect lap. Like has been said tho...in the lead...slow motion...smooth. Everything very smooth.

sjakes8
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 39
posted January 21, 2004 05:53 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by outlawstock17:
that's a good question. i don't think there is such a thing as a perfect lap......it's like a perfect round of golf.

the idea is to be better than the rest of them, not perfect. being perfect is an un-attainable goal that we set for ourselves to keep us striving to do our best, or a little better than we did previously...

i can tell you this though......when "you're on", everything feels like it's in slow motion around you, much like in the movie "the matrix".

[This message has been edited by outlawstock17 (edited January 19, 2004).]



Outlawstock17,
I have to say your comments probably hit it on the head as close as I could imagine.... when your in the lead and its all happening picture perfect and happening in "slow motion" is awesome, and then....... like the sound of a scratching record..... something dumb usually happens..... hood pin breaks, a spun out car comes flying back on the track, a car blew up behind you the lap before just going into turn 3 so you didn't know about it until you come flying in and whoaaaaa!!!

lol!

Seriously although... your analogy hit it on the head for me! "slow motion", I just hate the calm before the storm feeling....

Shawn

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odb93
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Total posts: 537
posted January 21, 2004 02:12 PM  
You want to be at maximum breaking at the pivot point of the turn. Then start back in with the gas directly after. By doing this, this sets the weight on the front end of the car allowing it to turn.

racerguy500
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 168
posted January 21, 2004 04:41 PM  
Best way I could tell you is you went in as hard as you felt you could, you got back on it when you thought you could, and when you went for the straight and was on the throttle you don't feel yourself rock in the seat, just a smooth transition from corner to straight, do it all again on the next set of corners and that is as close to perfect as you can get. Your car and skill will determine how fast you are, but that is the perfect lap as close as I can describe it, all smooth and comfortable, no ragged edge, no over the top or overdriving and of course it is in slow motion, that was good, but you forgot the part where an 8 lap heat with 10 cars seems like 15 laps and you passed at least 15 cars.

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