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> Racing with a cup of water is possible!, Fuji-style
GoodOldGunman
  Posted: Sep 12 2016, 09:41 PM


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1 Way to really improve your driving

Sure it was on a slalom on a smooth surface and they used a R34 GT-R, but it is possible.


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After a bit of practice through the slalom course and a test to gauge our smoothness in braking by stopping between two lines from high speed, they suddenly upped the ante! I had no idea this was going to happen but all of a sudden I thought I was inside a Best Motoring video! After sticking a plastic container onto my windscreen with a sucker, they added one bottle’s worth of water. This would be the ultimate test in smoothness, getting around the handling course without spilling a drop. This has to probably be the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a car, I kid you not!


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Before I had a go however, an instructor, who just happened to be a pro rally driver, jumped in my car and proceeded to blow my mind. I couldn’t believe the pace he was holding, carrying so much speed through corners and applying so much braking force and steering angle yet keeping the pitch and roll so contained.

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The water was swinging around like crazy but it never spilled over the very edge of the container. After the WTF look had cleared from my face I had lots of chances to get some practice in. Initially it was tough: I always had to keep an eye on what the water is doing and literally recalibrate my entire driving style and the way in which I used the controls. It took some time, and quite a lot of water, but I slowly began to get the hang of it. The key is about progression: smooth doesn’t mean you have to be slow, what you have to do it rethink HOW you apply your inputs and the interaction between them. Let me elaborate…

Say you want to enter a corner as fast as you can; if you just throw your car inside you will upset its balance and there goes the water, or more generally, your smoothness. You have to be decisive about the way you apply lock, progressive with how you feed it and at the same time your smoothness also needs to stretch to how you back off your brakes as you turn in. Jump off the middle pedal and you could upset the car and its momentum. Same with the throttle: smoothness is the key, maybe less so with a turbocharged engine which is a little less instant to respond, but you get the idea. Start playing with this stuff and like me, you will discover just how aggressively you can drive your car by keeping the way you interact with each of the controls smooth, and in this particular case translating to less spilled water. It was then, after practising for a bit, that it hit me – this exercise was nothing short of genius! It was like a real-time smoothness indicator!
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Posted: Sep 13 2016, 09:29 PM


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A few of us RS Motors/365 Racing guys have done it in a similar manner, they have a glass attached to a suction cup mount. The track we tried it at was super rough though, so it wasn't so much who spilled nothing, but who spilled the least. This was a while back and I was nowhere near as smooth as I am now, so needless to say I did awful. laugh2.gif

I have since however, without thinking about it, gone to set up cones to mark out the track layout at one of the modular facilities we use, and then done sighting laps with a near-full can of Arizona sweet tea in the cupholder, and spilled none. Not the same thing by any means but I found it amusing after the fact.
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neat article. Wouldve been so much better with some footage
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Posted: Sep 27 2016, 01:25 PM


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QUOTE (sideways @ Yesterday, 5:35 PM)
neat article.  Wouldve been so much better with some footage

Ditto ~ I really liked that Lancia though ~ wub.gif <3

Here's a relevant video for the thread

YOUTUBE ( http://youtube.com/watch?v=BAIoPN7Qmxg )


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Posted: Sep 30 2016, 11:20 AM


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Someone also did this recently as well. Also relevant.
YOUTUBE ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh-SapbpZ_8 )
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  Posted: Oct 11 2016, 06:14 AM


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QUOTE (xiao @ Sep 27 2016, 01:25 PM)
Ditto ~ I really liked that Lancia though ~ wub.gif <3

Here's a relevant video for the thread

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BAIoPN7Qmxg

I've seen that video before and always wondered, what's in that cup? Apple juice or his liquid excreta XD