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My talk on suspension setup with Samir Abid is now live on the Your Data Driven Podcast. The link is here:
https://www.yourdatadriven.com/ep36-dale-thompson-on-the-importance-of-a-good-suspension-setup/

To check out the everything about choosing springs for your race car and calculating suspension frequency, go here on this website:
https://www.suspensionsetup.info/the-story-of-grip

Learn Vehicle Dynamics for Drivers

As a racing driver, how do you learn and develop your skills?

For most drivers, it’s a case of practicing and racing as much as possible. The more laps you do, the more it becomes muscle memory, so that when you’re in the race car there’s no need to think . It’s just happening.

As an example, some drivers have improved just by running a longer event. A driver normally doing 6 and 8 lap sprint races might groove the skills better and do personal best lap times in a one off mini enduro race format of say, 30 or 40 laps.

If you get coaching, this might improve your learning by correcting poor technique or suggesting improvements such as embedding one skill at a time. 

Now, here’s the thing with all of this.

By learning and developing this way drivers don’t have to think. They learn by doing.

I know. I know. That sounds a bit rough, when of course, you have to think about the techniques as you practice and ingrain them into your subconscious.

To clarify though, in the process of learning race driving this way we preclude the possibility of us getting a mindset around how race car handling actually works, and the benefits that might bring us in visualizing what we are doing in driving the race car. The  vehicle dynamics, the inner workings of what’s happening at the tyre contact patches, the motions of the race car we can feel – all of this becomes very much of a black box.

But, what if you were able to think and understand the process of race car handling and simplify it in your brain? Would that not be beneficial in the process of learning and improving your car control, for example?

With these new insights in our online training program, “The Physics of Race Car Handling for Drivers”, we show you exactly what’s happening at the tyre contact parch and how you feel the motions of the race car that are so critical to you in getting the feedback you need to control the race car.

Make a step forward with a whole new mindset around how you control the race car. For more details and how to purchase our on-line training program, click below:

[ONLINE TRAINING] "THE PHYSICS OF RACE CAR HANDLING FOR DRIVERS" SEE OUR OTHER ONLINE TRAINING IN SUSPENSION SETUP