#867² RACING IS LIFE² – S6 E6 – DIFFERENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

The weather can make the difference.

Using cars in daily life, we have all experienced different weather conditions. Rain, wind, low temperatures. Especially in the cold winter months it can get a bit more challenging to keep the car within the white lines. But on public roads, at least there is no clock tracking our consistency. On a race track on the other hand, we have to deliver no matter what. And so, we have to be familiar with our car in different weather conditions.

But how do we do that? Well, it all starts with the theory. At least if you do not have some millions to spend on cars that will get damaged pretty badly.

Every change in the weather conditions will cause a change in our driving style. That’s the same correlation we can experience between the accelerator and the steering wheel. They both go hand in hand. If you hit on the gas, your steering angle needs to get low. The same goes for weather changes. In the dry, your tires will accept an anharmonic transfer of leads much better than in the rain. Therefore, just “being careful” is not the secret for driving in the rain! It’s driving in harmony. Sure, you may have to use a different line because of all the rubber making the road quite slippery, but that’s not it. It’s the complete package we need to think about.

My car by the way.

Braking, accelerating, steering. In the rain you can see who has a feeling for a car and who hasn’t. As long as it is dry, everyone can overdrive a car and getting relatively quick times out of it. But in the rain, well, such a driving style will make you end up in the barrier. But it’s not just the difference between dry and wet, it’s also the temperature and the wind we need to think about. Are the tire pressures right? Does the braking points change? Will the slipstream work even better? There are so many things to consider!

Be prepared!

See you next time!

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