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Old 03-09-2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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Reading through posts there is a lot of referance to consistancy, such as "was able to run cosistant lap times" or "the car was consistant thoughout the race" but what is the actual measurement of that consistancy?

If the average lap time is within a tenth or two of the fastest last then that is super consistant but one bad/slow lap in the race can make a huge differance to the average. So, if the fastest lap time were say 10 secs, what would you concider a consistant lap spread to be?

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I think a lot of people are referring to the fact that they made less mistakes during their run because their car was dialled in or that they didn't lose concentration, etc.
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Consistency requires attention to detail, much like spelling. :P

Average lap vs. fast lap is a pretty good gauge of consistency. Sometimes looking at top 20 average (which leaves out big mistakes) is good, too. National Champ caliber is having an average within about .1 to .15 of your fast lap. Good club driver is in the range of .2 to .3.

Consistency comes mostly from the driver, but there are definitely things you can do to the car that make it very hard to be consistent. So it's always important to not only look at fast lap, but how close you were overall to that lap time.

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They could also be referring to how the car feels. Sometimes you'll have a car that starts out really well but then 2-3 minutes in, you've lost/gained traction and it's a completely different car. They might not actually be gauging that idea with regard to lap times, but just completely feel.
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