In-Car Driving Videos (opportunities for improvement)

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In-Car Driving Videos (opportunities for improvement)

Postby Ski_Lover » Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:26 am

I'm starting this thread to post our in-car videos (or other people's) in order to share and ask questions on where to find improvements,...

I'll start with my pride and joy from last weekend.
This run got TTOD at the UFO AutoX event #10, Marina 8/10/08: Edit: [G-Rated Version]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp_f1JMX22k

Obvious mistakes and where I could have improved are: you don't ever want to lift as your squeezing the throttle out to exit - there were several instances where I had to momentarily lift. It shows I did not set up the turn right (Edit: or got on the throttle a little too early) , and as a result I did not get the maximum exit speed into the next straight (very important).

Someday I'll learn to left foot brake, so when I DO need to correct, I'll remain at full throttle and apply moderate left foot braking when needed (this is highly recommended technique when driving Turbocharged cars).

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Re: In-Car Driving Videos (opportunities for improvement)

Postby Chase42 » Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:29 am

hey, post some more, man.


typically, how hard is it to memorize an autox layout? do you try to? or is it just a case of always looking 2 turns ahead?




as for left foot braking, I can teach you if you want. its not so much the technique that's hard, its learning to ignore your clutch impulses. Once you master it, though, its easy. I typically LFB through any corner I don't need to drop a gear on, its subconcious now.

Since this weekend, I've decided to use a left-right-left foot pedal swap manuver when I do need to drop a gear. Basically, you LFB for the gas-brake transition, then swap braking feet (the hard part), heel and toe, then swap the feet back to smoothen out the brake-gas transition. It takes a bit of coordination, but I used it a little on my last 2 drives without killing myself.


anyway, back on topic, I've ghetto rigged up a camera mount out of PVC pipe and plastic board, so maybe I'll have something useful to post here soon.
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Re: In-Car Driving Videos (opportunities for improvement)

Postby thesnowboarder » Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:51 pm

if you do a search for blinkboy3112m8c on you tube then u guys can see me doing a few auto x's and a few track events. There is much room for improvement all over the the place.
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Re: In-Car Driving Videos (opportunities for improvement)

Postby mackniler » Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:27 pm

55.046 lol. not bad.
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Re: In-Car Driving Videos (opportunities for improvement)

Postby red5racing » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:49 pm

[quote="Ski_Lover"]...

Obvious mistakes and where I could have improved are: you don't ever want to lift as your squeezing the throttle out to exit - there were several instances where I had to momentarily lift. It shows I did not set up the turn right (Edit: or got on the throttle a little too early) , and as a result I did not get the maximum exit speed into the next straight (very important).
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Looked really good. All I could see - and it might be a camera illusion - is that the car's line seemed too tight (around 25 seconds in) and the car looked ragged through the sweeper at 35 seconds - a g-circle trace would let you know.

How did you pax? I couldn't find UFO results on the web.


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Re: In-Car Driving Videos (opportunities for improvement)

Postby Ski_Lover » Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:07 pm

chase:

Most definitely course memorization is essential. You usually only get three or four attempts to get your best time. I think even the top Pro race car drivers (like F1) need about 20 laps to "learn" a track.

Looking ahead is always essential, and in AutoX, courses are often so tight you have to crane your neck 90 degrees to look two turns ahead, so it's not always effective to just read the course as you go.

I consider having been a ski racer a competitive advantage: In skiing it's also essential to study the course and memorize it. I'm sure you've seen Ski Racers going through the motions with their eye's closed on major televised events. I go through the motions at every AutoX event, until I'm satisfied I can do it in my mind at double or triple time.

Red5:

I paxed 1st place. There were at least 10 A or B Mod cars there too - always happy to pick them off. I agree on the places you mentioned. There's almost always room for improvement after only three or four runs:):). Yesterday we did another AutoX, same group, but way faster course that favored higher HP cars. I was bested by a couple of the B-mod cars, and probably paxed in the top three on my second run. I could not believe how much I left on the table! Tons of room for improvement,...I knew where my mistakes were, but could not perform better until later in the day when it did not matter.

The real lesson for me yesterday is I need to "SETTLE DOWN". I tend to get too excited, heart rate way up, amped on adrenalin for the competition, and that leads to overdriving the car, adding mistakes, coming in too hot at the end of straights, ...
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Re: In-Car Driving Videos (opportunities for improvement)

Postby Chase42 » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:18 pm

Ski_Lover wrote:I paxed 1st place. There were at least 10 A or B Mod cars there too - always happy to pick them off. I agree on the places you mentioned. There's almost always room for improvement after only three or four runs:):). Yesterday we did another AutoX, same group, but way faster course that favored higher HP cars. I was bested by a couple of the B-mod cars, and probably paxed in the top three on my second run. I could not believe how much I left on the table! Tons of room for improvement,...I knew where my mistakes were, but could not perform better until later in the day when it did not matter.

The real lesson for me yesterday is I need to "SETTLE DOWN". I tend to get too excited, heart rate way up, amped on adrenalin for the competition, and that leads to overdriving the car, adding mistakes, coming in too hot at the end of straights, ...



Did you go to the UFO one? Cause I was there, and yes, it was a more open course. It was my first time out and I pulled a 52.338

I used to have the same problem with getting hyper and subsequently messing up my runs when I did a little karting. I went into UFO yesterday with a purposely distracted attitude, and all my runs were really smooth. I remember sitting at the start gate and still toning myself down. My heart did jump when the tail came out on me on the back straight the first run, but I was more focussed on having fun than anything.
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Re: In-Car Driving Videos (opportunities for improvement)

Postby Ski_Lover » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:26 am

Chase42 wrote:Did you go to the UFO one? Cause I was there, and yes, it was a more open course. It was my first time out and I pulled a 52.338


Yes, I was there, along with NCR members Savington (Andrew) and Ian (sorry if I missed others). Looks like UFO page has been updated and has postings for results of the last two events:
http://norcalufo.org/main/index.php?opt ... &Itemid=57

I'm sorry I missed you - you should look us up (red Miata #2). What class were you in? car number?.

I managed a 42.5 which was good for 5th overall and 8th in index (there are a couple of VSP cheaters out there who should be in B-Mod or other Mod class, and three EVO drivers did really well - those EVOs get nice index times due to 4-door sedan, but can be made very, very quick. For instance, the top EVO car weighs in at 2650 lbs, and has 404 WHP on a Mustang Dyno,... probably ~ 500HP at the crank, and Oh yeah, it's mounted on 285 hoosiers ).

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Re: In-Car Driving Videos (opportunities for improvement)

Postby Chase42 » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:34 pm

e-stock, number 377


andrew rode with me on my last lap, but it was my shittiest one.
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