7 Little-Known Hacks to Race Car Handling Mastery [E Book]

[E Book] "7 Little-Known Hacks - Your Pathway to Suspension Set-Up Mastery"....

With these 7 Key Insights....   
Understand What’s Happening at the Tyres. See How You Analyse the Set-Up and Get the "Baseline Set-Up" you Need for More Grip and Better Balance.

My name is Dale Thompson.  I’m co-founder of Racing Car Technology and author of the “7 Hacks…”. 

Have you ever struggled with suspension set-up? Or have you pretty much left sleeping dogs lie? Or perhaps you’ve got just a sneaking suspicion there’s more speed to get out of your race car?

Whether you’ve tried adjusting your race car before, or your brand new to it, you’ll find answers in the “7 Hacks….” Click through and purchase for only
$7-00 US or $9-00 AU.
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$7.00 US Dollars

Here’s the elephant in the room…

You can’t tell what’s wrong with the car, or if it could be improved, just by driving it. Drivers might think they can, but the odds are against them coming up with something to improve the car in isolation.

Yet if we properly analyse the set-up on the car, then do a set-up in workshop (what we call a “baseline“set-up”), we have found the results nothing short of astounding. Some drivers achieve seconds improvement in lap time, same engine, same tyres.

When you click through and buy the E book you’re getting the low down on what you need to know to get results like this:

Pete Goulding wrote: “My car is transformed. I have gone 4 seconds faster at most events where I race. I broke all the 1600 turbo class records and ended up in second place overall in the British Sprint Championship.”

Andy Nagy, from Austin, Texas got his track rat Porsche 968 flying. He wrote: (With the local pro driving),”His previous best time in my car on the very tight, technical track was 1:03.0. Anything under 1:02 on that track is very fast, and under 1:00 was strictly the stuff of urban legend. He came in with a grin from ear to ear, said the balance of the car was flawless, and did a best time of 59.8!”

There are heaps more clients like this. So, even if your just a little curious do click through and buy the E book. If the content is not of value to you, let me know, and I’ll refund 100%.

➡ This new e-book from Racing Car Technology, "7 Little-Known Hacks - Your Pathway to Race Car Handling Mastery" makes sense out of the mumbo jumbo. Everything explained in a way racers understand.

It's all based on our experience and stuff we've learned setting up race cars over the last twenty years.  

 The "7 Little Known Hacks...." are 7 little-known insights into race car handling.

Taken together, they give you a unique overview that could transform your understanding of what’s happening.

Fortunately, the core theory of vehicle dynamics is not complex. We can move from the complexity of what’s happening at the tyres to staggeringly simple explanations of how driver control and response of the race car works.

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Race car set-up is about optimizing the behavior of the vehicle in response to the driver inputs.  If we’re going to understand the physics involved, the vehicle dynamics, we need to consider the race car and the driver together.

What you read here could set you on the pathway to success in your chosen field of racing and performance driving.

I distilled it down to 7 Hacks, 7 key ideas/concepts/things for you to think about.

Of course, there is more to know. But I think you'll be surprised how far we get in solving the race car handling problem in just this short E book. 

So, we’re going to talk driver control and vehicle response in Hacks #1-3 before we get into set-up procedures in Hacks #5-7.

Here's what the "7 Little-Known Hacks...." is all about:

Hack #1 The Simple Model of Handling

How the vehicle dynamics engineers view the handling of the race car for engineering design and simulation work. What we in grassroots motorsport can learn from the pros.

Hack #2 The Racing Driver's Feel for the Car Explained

The rotation motion of the race car, as depicted in the diagram, is the basis of vehicle dynamics theory and also the source of the driver's primary feel for the race car.

At slow speeds on the road, there is no appreciable rotation for the driver to feel. 

However, at racing speeds the driver can feel the rotation.  The car adopts a nose in attitude to the direction of travel (the body slip angle, β), as shown in the middle diagram.

If the body slip angle is building too fast, then this is instant advance warning to the driver that the car will go into a spin, unless the driver takes corrective action.

See our new thinking in the secret of "Driver Sensitivity to Rotation 2.0™". 

Hack #3  "Steady State" Cornering

The car in cornering is only rotating around its own axis while the driver is applying control inputs to the car in cornering – braking, turning the steering wheel, accelerating. 

When the car has taken a set in the corner, it is no longer rotating.  The body slip angle is now a fixed angle.  We say the car is in "steady state" cornering.  

Just this one insight into when the car is rotating and when it is not is profound.  It doesn't matter whether you are a highly experienced racing driver or just beginning, this knowledge is solid gold.

Hack #4  The "Neutral Steer Point"  and the "Static Margin"

The static margin is an alternative way of looking at understeer / oversteer.  The term has it's roots in aircraft engineering.  The neutral steer point (N.S.P.) behind the Centre of Gravity is positive stability.

Understeer is positive static margin, positive stability. Oversteer is negative static margin, negative stability.

The "Balance Trade-Off"  *Key Concept*

V8 Supercars Champion, Scott McLaughlin, said after his first test in the new Mustang:  “You have to have a bit more give and take; so I go ‘give me bit more turn’ but then I get loose in the rear.  So, then I go ‘I’ll give you some of that turn back and you give me some of that rear back.’  So,
it’s a bit of a trade - off.”  Auto Action Issue #1755

It’s clear the driver’s task in optimizing the speed and path of the vehicle comes down to this balance thing.  Yes, it’s up to the driver to find the best way through the corner.  But ultimately, it’s all about this finely nuanced seat of the pants feeling of the rotation that’s an integral part of the driver knowing where the limit of grip is.

Hack #5  Roll Stiffness Distribution - the Suspension Tuner's Primary Tool for Set-Up

Roll stiffness distribution, front roll stiffness vs rear roll stiffness, determines the weight transfer distribution front vs rear, and therefore the balance of the car for understeer / oversteer.

Many racers do not understand the detail of this, and how crucial it is. You want to adjust your race car for best mechanical balance? You need to know this. Period.

Hack #6  Get a Baseline Set-Up with the Racing Car Technology Weight Transfer Worksheet™

In this Hack, we show you our own proprietary spreadsheet we've developed over many years and hundreds of set-ups. See some screen shots indicating the input data required and the output results you get with the Racing Car Technology Weight Transfer Worksheet™ (WTW). 

Based on the WTW results, you decide on the springs, anti-roll bars, roll centre heights etc that you'll start with as your baseline set-up .

For most of the clients we work with, we've achieved seconds improvement in lap time. Many of our training course participants get similar results.

Hack #7  Test at the Track to Optimize Performance

We need to test to see if the car is in the set up window, as indicated by our set-up in the Weight Transfer Worksheet™.  And if not, why not. 

If everything works out to plan, then the car can be final adjusted for best balance on the anti-roll bars.

Most racers don't test because they're unsure what to do.  Get your head around the first 6 Hacks, and your test day will be a breeze.  The WTW can be the basis for continuing improvement as you develop your race car.

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