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Old 08-24-2004, 12:16 AM   #1
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Hi i know all about setup books but is there any books or websites on improving driving skills for r/c? im sure everyone know's the reason we dont go as fast as the top pro's isnt set up its driving skill. it would be nice to learn some tips to go faster
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Here's a pretty good guide that I think will help for basics.

http://www.modelflight.com.au/rc_mod...ing_skills.htm
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Imo nothing beats track time and watching the A main guys race.
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Go to your local "Barnes and Noble" or "Borders" and check out "speed Secretes" 1 and 2. Its real race car driving techniques but they are very informative. Also check out "inner speed secretes." That's my favorite because it is all about the mind and how it works when you're driving and how to contorl this and that and how to stay calm under pressure etc.... The author is Ross Bentley
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Or just check out the books on the SCCA library....lots of theory and physics force equations to keep you busy...and learn why the hell they put 150 different camber holes in your shock towers
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Full size race car driving books are great for R/C. We are still driving race cars, just with the disadvantage of not being able to feel it with our bodies, only our eyes. Drive to Win by Carrol Smith (pick up Tune to Win if you don't already have it) and Going Faster are great books IMHO.
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Originally posted by Speedyjay why the hell they put 150 different camber holes in your shock towers [/B]
They used to do it for one of 2 reasons--- marketing (IE: more tuning options than car B), or testing.... hard to believe but some cars of yesterday didn't get much testing before their release so they just drilled a ton of holes and let us be the guinea pigs.....

I can remeber when the "cool" thing to have was a shocktower that looked like swiss cheese....LOL
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Old 08-24-2004, 11:00 AM   #8
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We are still driving race cars, just with the disadvantage of not being able to feel it with our bodies, only our eyes.
I don't know about anyone else, but for me, eventhough I know there's obviously no real physical feed back through the radio, after I learned to "feel" the car through my perception of it on the track, I was able to start driving the car better as well as tune it. Once you can feel what the car is doing, you can tune it better as well. I think the best way to get this is through track time.
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I was trained by Tamiya's one and only original "R/C Guidebook" (Basically, their r/c catalog every year)... It's been around since the early 80s and have been slightly updated every year... not concise but very helpful to those just starting in the hobby.
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Or just check out the books on the SCCA library....lots of theory and physics force equations to keep you busy...and learn why the hell they put 150 different camber holes in your shock towers
Killing me..too funny!
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Imo nothing beats track time and watching the A main guys race.
I have to agree. I'm a good example; did the research, studied the materials and even paid attention to those ridicuously obscenely difficult driver license tests on the PS Gran Turismo games [ok, don't laugh too hard].

I tried to apply everything at the track once a month, maybe twice if I was lucky, in a nitro touring class [yes, rookie class with 10 and 12 year olds wiping past me like I was 25 years older, wait, I am 25 years older...LOL].

Then, I decided to get an electric touring kit figuring that a smaller track with controlled lighting conditions that I could frequent regularly [three to four times a month most of the time] would better suit my need for "stick" experience [not to mention one bad eyeball that kept straying that nitro into the wall]. Now, if I could only learn to see around those darn roof-support beams..LOL.

Seriously though, I learn more in one session at the track now than I did in an entire rookie season in nitro touring. I can actually see and hear what the car is doing and even started developing a sense of "feel" some of the others have talked about.

Going into a [generally] slower class [I still miss the roar and sight of nitros], getting the additional track time has significantly helped, not only the pre-driving rigors, but the actual driving skill because of these extra minutes doing it right, instead of getting ready for it by prepping for hours and doing it wrong anyway. Watching what the local expert studs do is a great way of seeing what the text says and what it should look like.

My plan was [and is] to take "it" onto the nitro scene, but I'll admit I'm really getting into the electric TC thing too [I guess da wife will just have to pawn that pretty little ring and make room for more cars..LOL].

Track time [watching, talking racin' and especially driving]=better skills on the track and smarter in the pits!

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Another thing people do is to try and make their car too fast too soon. Learn to drive it exceptionally well with a stock motor before strapping in a mod. Spend a few seasons running stock. Learn the car and how to tune it before magnifying things with horsepower.
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Another thing people do is to try and make their car too fast too soon. Learn to drive it exceptionally well with a stock motor before strapping in a mod. Spend a few seasons running stock. Learn the car and how to tune it before magnifying things with horsepower.
Exceptional advise, Jack! [Now, if I could just get my throttle finger to listen, I'd be all set!]
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Hey thanks guys great tips so far please keep them coming i think this is a great learing post for everyone.
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