We’re here at the end of the sunset straight, which is a fairly quick area of Reno Fearnley. The cars are coming down anywhere probably from 65 to a 90 or 100 miles an hour at a track day. We always want to remember that we’re driving at seven 10 so the cars have come in now. The way they get through this turn is really critical. We really want to come in slow and exit on the throttle as soon as we can. What I’ve got is three cones here illustrating how not to do it. Beginners, they may have a tendency that they’ll break for the turn without slowing down and turn into soon. They’ve prevented themselves from having the opportunity to make the full arc of the term. They’ve started the Ark and that arc is going to carry them the wrong direction. That direction will be just out to the edge of the track where they can probably just turn around and get back on the line for the next turn.
But if they are going more than seven-tenths, that’s where it can bite you. You can go off headed at the unintended consequences of that little tire wall. That’s the early apex. Let’s not do it that way. Most drivers, even new drivers, drivers, uh, and more mature drivers had been taught to drive down the middle of the lane on the highways. It’s only a safe way to do it. So it would be natural for someone to drive down here, learning the line and feeling that the safest thing to do this, to stay right in the middle of the road. The problem is what will happen with most streetcars is your car is going to understeer and never be able to get a proper attitude to be able to accelerate out of the turn. So this driver comes around the turn all the way through the center of the section of asphalt we have here squealing the tires all the way.
But as they progress through the end of the turn, the car is still fighting to go through the outside of the turn and they haven’t gotten to be able to get control of the car and accelerate. Now. So with driving down the middle of the track, the problem is number one, you may wear out your front tires, it might be really exciting, you might be having some fun, but you won’t be going fast because you’ll be way out here before you get on the throttle. That’s not the best way to go either. This time we’re going to come into this turn and we’re going to get it right. And in that process, you’re going to learn one of the most important things to driving quickly, smoothly and safely around a track. And that is using the entire track, starting on the outside of the entry, going to the inside, the middle of the turn and using the track by exiting all the way to what we would call the track out point on the outside of the turn.
Another way to look at this is we can actually make a 180 degree turn into roughly a 160-degree turn by softening the arc. What we’ll do to make this happen is come into the turn. We’ll get on the brakes a little bit earlier and we’re going to go straight a little past the arch of the turn and give up a little bit of speed at the beginning of the turn. Once we’ve got control of the car, we can then make the turn a bit more suddenly about in the position of this first Koan, starting the rotation of the car and at this point, you start working the car from the outside down to the inside of the turn. This time we’re coming around the turn coming toward the Apex gonna drive by the apex on the throttle. If we get it right, we actually can be driving down the end of this turn, feeding the throttle hopefully before the apex. That’s way faster. Way To get to the next turn.
Now we’re about to leave this beautifully taken turn after we’ve done the asymmetrical late apex. We’ve got the car in a nice straight line coming out of the turn, and I’ve put two cones down there that might be a little bit confusing to you. The one on the left represents what we would call a pinched exit. This pinched exit creates the need to go into the right and really adds turn to the next turn ahead of us. Now if we let the car out to a true track out point, this car is on the throttle on a straight line, going all the way out, we’re bottom line letting the car use the whole track. That is the fast way to get down to that next term.