The Co-Founders of Racing Car Technology are Dale Thompson and Neville Smith. They have been involved in racing since their teenage years in the 1960s. In earlier times, there was little knowledge about handling of the race car. It was pretty much a black box. In the late 90s, they formed their new business, Racing Car Technology, offering workshop set-up services for race cars. By now, there was new information about race car handling that helped them develop new procedures. After a set-up, they would test at the race track. They proved the cars were faster. They had startling early success. From the beginning, the calculations in the Racing Car Technology Weight Transfer Worksheet™ were central. It was possible to do the set-up in the workshop, and then go to the track knowing that you had a good baseline set-up for grip and balance.
Slip Angles at the Tyres
The slip angles at the tyres are key to understanding handling. In fact, with no slip angles, the car would be uncontrollable at speeds anything much above 20 kph. At the centre of the driver feedback process is the tyre slip angles and the resulting Body Slip Angle. In our training course, "Every Racer's Guide to Suspension Tuning" we discuss exactly how the change in Body Slip Angle leads to change in Lateral G that the driver can feel. Lateral G sensing, the driver's most finely sensed feed back mechanism, used to sense understeer and oversteer, is coming from the rate of change of Body Slip Angle - the Body Slip Rate. Without the Body Slip Rate and the Tyre Slip Angles, we could not control the car.