Originally Posted by Carl Giordano
Question....what happens after all is 100% after going through the process on a flat surface.....you get T-Boned during practice????
Do you start the procedure all over again or do you live with it????
My time is better spent getting in as much practice with a car that at 80% than over-engineering a chassis to get the tweak just right...
Believe me, it took me a long time to get this through my head...after being told by 3 world champions to stop over-engineering the car and just drive...I've realized that the more stick time I get, the better-off I am...
Simply, I'd check it again.
I don't consider it over engineering the car. If it's tweaked, and not running straight, how can you expect to get any decent practise in, if your constantly fighting the car? Surely it's better to make sure that the car is consistant
between runs? Then when you practise, you'll be happy knowing that the car will be able to turn consistant times.
A quick example of the tweak problem though, and I do see your point. At the last BIWS round over here, I checked the tweak between runs, and adjusted it if needed, car was great, and very consitant between runs. However in the finals, I got hit hard
on the first lap, and that put a serious tweak in the car (just wanted to pull left). I lost all confidence in what the car was doing, and just couldn't drive it properly... and from that your saying I should just keep it as is, and drive it? (admitadly this was the finals and not practise, but hopefully you can see my point)
The over-engineering you mention, I would consider changing 2 or 3 three things on the car every run, constantly chasing your tail... (I've been guilty of that before mind
Personally, for me, having run the 415 now for a while, I'm pretty confident that I can put a base setup on the car for any circuit type, and be in the ball park from first practise.
I do see where your coming from though (on track practise is the best way to improve), but in the end it's all personal preference. Personally, I'd prefer to know that whenever I put my car on the track, it is as well prepared as I can possibly get it.
The other thing is, once you've run through the process, it doesn't really take that long to do. I can get my chassis done and de-tweaked in about 10minutes now. The longest bit is actually using the MIP board to check