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Old 08-26-2006, 08:01 AM   #1
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What driving technique gives the fastest cornering speed?

I've noticed that when I'm coming up to a wider turn I just let off the throttle with no braking and then I start to throttle only at the apex. Should I "never" apply my brake? Should I be applying some throttle all through my turn? Does it help to set the ESC to have some throttle "on" all the time, like the car rolls by itself?

And should I try to start my turn as "close" to board as possible or start it "wider out" from the board? I'm running a front spool right now because this is what the top guys are using. But I guess I'm not too concerned about whether I run a spool, a diff or a one-way as much as I'm not sure how or which driving technique is faster because the fast guys can beat me with any of these.

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I've found that for me a little drag brake helps because you can approach a little faster and I not as smooth on my throttle to brake transition yet. I currently race on and off road and use almost the same settings on my speedo's you might try that.
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I also set up wide and try to kinda "square off" the turn to catch the apex. It really defends on what the next turn is. If it is a set of esses then I would set wide on the first and that will put you setting up wide for the next turn so you can approach it with greater speed.
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Try a reg. diff in the front instead.
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When I find myself losing cornerspeed to my fellow racers, I notice my car pushing through the corners. Time for new front tires and sometimes even rear ones. That is the way I pick up speed in the turns to not lose ground. It help lap time more than you would think.
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When I find myself losing cornerspeed to my fellow racers, I notice my car pushing through the corners. Time for new front tires and sometimes even rear ones. That is the way I pick up speed in the turns to not lose ground. It help lap time more than you would think.
just rotate the tires if u push
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I recommend a front one way. It gives so much more grip at the front, so you'll have to retune the rear. It also means you have to be very easy on the brakes.
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HpiPro321 please ID yourself. This is Paco. Who R U?
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hey paco are you pushing coming into a turn or coming out of a turn. If your pushing mid turn you should probably change your caster. I dont know what comes standard with a t2 I think its 4 degrees. I would use 2 degree caster blocks at socal if you can get them.
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Thanks for the input. But I was wanting more of about HOW you approach a turn. For example, if you're just coming up to a turn, do you slow down by braking or just let off the throttle and start to coast or are you applying some throttle through out the whole turn?

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hey paco are you pushing coming into a turn or coming out of a turn. If your pushing mid turn you should probably change your caster. I dont know what comes standard with a t2 I think its 4 degrees. I would use 2 degree caster blocks at socal if you can get them.
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Thanks for the input. But I was wanting more of about HOW you approach a turn. For example, if you're just coming up to a turn, do you slow down by braking or just let off the throttle and start to coast or are you applying some throttle through out the whole turn?
It depends what class you are racing mate.
If your racing a modified motor then you will probably find that you should brake coming into a corner and then coast through. Only put your throttle on in a corner at the point where you dont need to lift it again... (the best time is the ealiest you can get away with)

In a 27turn class you might find that you dont want to use brakes at all. (that can depend on track size and corner style also)

As for car possition coming into a corner, its always better to take a corner as smooth as possible, by going wider before a corner it enables you to take the line without the car turning on as big of an angle, Lines can change according to the following set of corners however though, as explained in a previous post.

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