Fast hands avoid a Lotus Exige spin at Texas World Speedway (TWS)
An aggressive entry into Turn 8 puts me off-line after correcting the oversteer, and I consequently early apex Turn 9 at about 75 mph.
I think this list here covers all the mistakes that led up to the near spin:
1. I allow myself to be distracted by my instructor describing something.
2. I'm aggressive on Turn 8 with some entry oversteer.
3. After correcting, I fail to notice that I'm out of position: I'm to the right of my usual line.
4. Still distracted, I start turning in using my usual reference point instead of adjusting and braking for being closer to the apex.
5. This makes me miss the apex by about 3 or 4 feet, and on a trajectory that will make me leave the track around where the oval track intersects. Realizing this, I add more steering instead of reducing speed.
6. Mayhem ensues.
It was quite a challenge to keep the car from spinning. As if it weren't enough that I didn't have any throttle for the duration, my foot actually found the brake halfway through, which made the rear even lighter. However, the braking did also slow the car down, allowing me to finally collect it at about 35mph.
That blue bendy thing flailing around in the bottom left of the screen is my leg trying to find the gas pedal.
BMW M3 vs Lotus Elise at TWS
From the last session at TWS during the March 2011 PCA Texas Two Step Club
Race and HPDE. Its always a lot of fun to mix it up with comparable car
A Little Oversteer on Track in a Lotus Elise.
Another great Morrisport track day at Mission Raceway. Unfortunately the
weather didn't want to cooperate! This was my last session of the day and
the ambient temperature seemed to drop dramatically with the increased
rain. Tires were dead cold and giving almost zero feedback. With each lap
in this particular heat the track was getting wetter and wetter such that
every time you entered a corner it was a whole new (lower) level of grip
compared to the previous lap. This forced us to back right off and try to
stay smooth. Here I lift early for turn 4 and turn-in but can't feel a
thing through the wheel; I hit the slick curbing and the tail stepped out.
(I notice the Elise -at least on R888's- exhibits this trait where all that
wonderful steering "feel" drops off sharply with cold temps, even in the
dry). I'll post some video from the dryer sessions as well where we got to
charge a little harder!
My two Lotus Exige spins at MSR Houston CCW
2007 Lotus Exige S on Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec.
Both these spins occurred in the next-to-last lap of the last sessions of
my track days. Maybe you will learn something from my mistakes. I did, but
only after the fact.
The last was by far the most violent spin I've ever had. I became
disoriented and lost all track of which way my tires were pointing while I
was skidding on tarmac. Had I been able to suss out my direction of travel
and straightened the wheel while I had the wheels locked up, I would have
exited the track backwards instead of sideways, and considerably reduced
the risk of a roll-over.
Red Group The Driver's Edge Texas World Speedway May 2011
First dry session in new ACR Viper at TWS. Red Run Group. Not the fastest
session of the weekend. Got out late in the session. The Driver's Edge
Saturday May 21, 2011. Missed a few shifts during the session. M3, GT-R,
Porsche GT-3, ACR-X (Green). Thrown off a few laps from the M3 sliding and
hitting the rev limiter (all me). Letting the faster ACR-X by broke up the M3 and Porshe
combo so I could get through. All laps posted for the passenger. Look for
faster laps from the weekend.
Will post them soon.
Texas World Speedway (TWS) - 2.9mi CCW
The video starts with my best lap from the weekend, then continues (@
03:00) with various highlights, antics, and pictures from the event.
In 2014 I am trying to knock the dust off my driving skills after only
having the Lotus at the track 3 times in 2013, and one time in 2014 before
this trip. It really makes a difference if you don't practice often!
We have had a camera in the car at most of the driving events we have
attended. Every year or so I create highlight videos of all the events on
BlueRay for myself and my friends. However, since this might have been my
last opportunity to take the 4 hour drive down from Dallas to attend an
event at Texas World Speedway (TWS) I am posting this video to YouTube due
to its nostalgic content.
It was announced early in 2014 that TWS will be re-developed into a
neighborhood. At the time of this writing it is uncertain if we will get
to drive at TWS in 2015. Do yourself a favor and search the Internet for
historical TWS information. You will soon realize why it is tragic that we
are losing this historic track.
Recorded May 17-18, 2014
Texas World Speedway - The Oval
Texas World Speedway was a NASCAR oval track, but is no longer used for
that. Unfortunately there was an metal to metal accident during our
session. We got to drive on the oval to drive around the accident and get
back to the paddock.
The condition is not so hot. It is also unnerving to drive the bank at such
slow speeds. As you can hear I was properly nervous while heading around
Fastlane Z06 Corvette - Texas World Speedway (full run 2)
C6 Z06 Corvette from Fastlane. - Last Session
Full clip of a run at Texas World Speedway. Shot with a ChaseCam HD.
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CTS-V Crash at Texas World Speedway
This is what happens when your brembo brakes fail on the back straight of
TWS going Clockwise. Nov 2010 during the Drivers Edge driving event.
Car is a 2004 Cadillac CTS-V with LS6
kooks long tubes and high flow cats
custom Hp tuners tune
ground control coil over conversion 600/650 psi
hotchkiss sway bars
race brake pads
specter cradle bushings
bmr pinion support
bmr trailing arms
Nissan GT-R @ TWS CCW May 22, 2011 using Race-Keeper
I borrowed another GT-R's 18" race wheels and heavily worn slicks and got
to demo the race-keeper datalogger unit and it spit out this video. Sadly
the in-car camera broke off its mount so I covered it up with the gauges...
Bad driving by me but it was my first session ever on slicks..
Oh and that clunk you hear on turn 1 is my front end bottoming out due to
my car getting lowered from the race wheels. I couldn't hear it from my
position. It was so bad on one lap I lost control of the car for a moment
and ended up on the infield grass briefly..
Cobra vs Lotus Exige
Texas World Speedway 03/29/08 during the SVTOA Meet. Video taken from a
Lotus Exige S.
The guy in the Orange 2003 Cobra is a friend of mine and this is both our
first time at TWS. We had quite a good time following each other during