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.
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..
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!
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
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
Texas World Speedway wipeout in turn 10
My second session on the track. I pass the 996C4S and at the end of the
video I find out how slick the "carousel" turn is.
In car video from Porsche CaymanS track car at Texas World Speedway in
College Station, Tx.
Yellow Run group of the Driver's Edge HPDE. Note: During this event passing
is only allowed on straights and the lead driver is required to wave the faster car by before passing can
Details about this Porsche Cayman S and a lot more in car track videos can
be found by clicking on my user name.
Lotus Exige drive into Cars&Coffee and scrapes its Carbon fiber lip all of
the asphalt. All shot on a Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lense
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.
Texas World Speedway from a roof-mounted chase camera
I wanted to see exactly where my car is on track, but in-car footage
doesn't have a high enough vantage to show that. So I created my own chase
camera. As I suspected, I need to improve my car placement on the entry to
Also making an appearance is Dunlop Direzza ZII tire that replace the
venerated Star Specs. Warning: THIS TIRE MAKES NO PERCEPTIBLE NOISE. You
can have gobs of slip angle, and you will not be able to hear it. The tire
squeal is at too low of a frequency to hear through the wind, road, and
The World's Fastest Lotus? - /TUNED
Frank Profera has spent six years making his Lotus go faster, stop shorter, and corner harder.
Though it only has to move around 2,150 lbs, Frank's Lotus makes 680 wheel
horsepower with a
twin-charged 1.8L engine; giving it a better power-to-weight ratio than
Mario Andretti's Formula One Lotus. It's an ongoing project that may never
be finished, because of Frank's never-ending obsession with speed. We had
to take it for a ride.
Driving Tips & Road Safety : How to Avoid Speed Traps
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How to Lift a Lotus Elise or Exige
This is how I quickly lift my Lotus Exige using a floor jack. Always put
the vehicle in gear and engage the handbrake before lifting.
The Jack Helper bar saves the 10 minutes you would spend removing things
before you can get to the other jack points: the point between the two
bolts on either side of the perforated fuel tank undershield and the points
along the subframe crossmember. I'll make another video to show you what
Ferrari 430 Challenge car at Texas World Speedway
Here is a longer version of SW's Ferrari 430 Challenge car going around the
track. Such a nice sounding car.
This video was from a track day on 5/21/2011
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