If you are one of the lucky few who will be taking control of a supercar such as a Ferrari or Lamborghini – remember, having all that horsepower under the hood doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know how to use it. So here are some tips for driving fast cars so you can get the most enjoyment from your supercar.
So lets kick off with our 7 tips for driving fast cars.
1. Smoothly Does It
If there’s just one thing you take away from these tips, then it should be the importance of driving smoothly. It’s the single aspect that will do the most to improve both performance and safety.
Think about it, if you’re driving smoothly you can make the most of the available grip and maintain control of the car at higher speeds. The faster you go, the more your grip will reduce, so whilst you might be able to get away with jerky clutch control in your every day vehicle, you’ll soon find super cars protesting.
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2. Take The Racing Line
If you are planning to take your car to a track then follow the racing line. This line is the route around a track that will give you the fastest time. Whether you’re driving a super car or a beat up banger, taking the racing line will dramatically reduce your lap times.
If you want to get a head start on learning the best line to take, tune in to any kind of motor sport, you’ll see how the drivers come into corners at the widest possible angle and then move in to almost touch the apex of the track. This route allows drivers to put their foot down at the earliest possible opportunity when leaving the corner, allowing you really to get the most out of all those horse power.
3. Get Your Seat Right
Getting the elementary stuff right, like ensuring your seat is in the correct position, is really important in order to drive safely and get optimum performance out of your vehicle. If you sit too far away from the wheel it can make it difficult to respond in the case of an emergency.
So make sure that when you’re sat in your seat, with the belt fastened of course, that you can reach the top center of the steering wheel with both your hands. Your elbow should be slightly bent so you’re able to turn the wheel effectively. The faster you’re traveling, the less time you have to react, so getting the right position is vital.
4. Get To Grips With Over Steer
Over steer happens when you’re going at speed around a corner and the back slips out, it’s important to know how to prevent this as it’s one of the main causes of accidents.
Loss of grip in the rear tires sets over steer in motion, this can happen due to a number of factors such as breaking whilst cornering, entering the corner too fast or lifting off the accelerator mid corner. Whilst prevention is the best form of cure, if you find yourself in an over steer situation you’ll need to know how to counteract it.
It’s vital that you keep your front wheels pointing in the direction that you want to go, failure to do this will result in a spin. However, you need to exercise caution as too much or too little turn can also cause problems.
It’s a delicate skill that can take time to master, so get to grips with it in a safe environment such as on the track. Remember though, essentially over steer is just slowing you down, you’ll get round the track far quicker if you can avoid it entirely.
5. Straight Line Breaking
If you’re breaking whilst turning this can cause over steer, so always break in a straight line and apply pressure firmly and evenly. Ensure you leave plenty of time to break before you enter corners, it’s far safer to go slowly into a turn and quickly out of it.
6. Controlled Cornering
In order to maintain speed whilst cornering use your momentum to carry you around the turn, no matter how tempted you might get, only apply the accelerator on the exit. This will allow you to take the corner in a well-controlled and safe way, whilst enabling you quickly to increase your speed in time for the straight.
7. Adapt To The Road Conditions
If it’s wet and foggy you’ll have reduced traction and visibility, so don’t think you can get away with driving in the same way you would usually. Failure to adapt to road conditions is one of the leading causes of accidents, regardless of whether your car is on the road or a track.
Also remember that on a rainy day your breaking distance will be reduced and you’ll have much less grip.