Originally Posted by smarean
Yeah, sounds like I need to slow down. It feels like I'm trying to drive it beyond its limits. Which is frustrating, because it feels like the cornering capability does not match the accelerating/braking capability. But frustrating or not, I need to listen to the car and maximize what it can do.
What's an alignment spec, and how do I figure mine out? :-)
Yes definitely start with slowing down ... learn proper technique w/ an instructor and speed will come naturally. I agree that newer drivers tend to overdrive their car and think it's fast but you're wasting a lot of energy and time. A good driver will maximize available grip without exceeding the limit. Because they are not overdriving the car, it uses less energy; brakes are cooler, tire temps are cooler, and it's just more balanced.
The Friction Circle will help you visualize this:
Alignment spec - that's your camber and toe settings. You should have been provided a sheet last time you got an alignment stating what those were set to - those are the specs.
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