Saturday, April 26, 2008

Hey, I'm a better driver

Today I realized I am a better driver. I learned something, probably several somethings during the track day. I don’t think I can tell you exactly what I learned but I am better able to drive my car. This realization came home when driving the Porsche to Home Depot to get some paint. If you remember I had decided that the Porsche no longer cut it as a sports car. That feeling is gone. Driving it today was bliss. Sure it lacks power but it is so direct and provides so much feedback. It was a joy to drive around. I am back to really liking it. Don’t know if I will keep it but I am really liking it.

My new found understanding of how and corresponding ability to manage a car during cornering is what has rekindled my love of the Porsche.

Now the downside. I could have learned so much more. If you take a driving class listen to your driving instructor. I left a bunch of potential learning on the table. Tony kept saying “get on the gas, get on the gas, quit coasting” as we were going through turns. At that time I knew we were at the limit. I was wrong we were nowhere near the limit. Today driving the 911 I smoothly and quickly went through a turn by my house more quickly than I have ever done before. I was not even thinking about it. I glanced at the turn, mentally calculated my speed, decided not to downshift and went gracefully through. I had no intention to go fast, was not in a hurry, was not trying to speed or do anything except get paint. Exiting the turn I looked at the speedo. I was going to fast. I slowed down. I had no idea. My internal threshold for cornering speed has been significantly raised. I realize I am going to have to pay more attention to the speedometer in the car.

What would it be like if I had listened to Tony? Where would my threshold be? Listen to your instructor. They know more about your car’s ability than you do. When I go back, more gas.


NonVegan said...

Let me plant the seed for you:

Skip Barber


Me, I'm a Bondurant fan. YMMV.

Consider AutoX for the P car if not the F car.

Forza! Scuderdia Ferrari Forza!

David said...

Yes, I have a hunch there are a number of intro to racing classes in my future.