In my last article I spoke about how to effectively drive a racing car. I’d hope that after reading it that you now feel more comfortable in separating the ill handling of your car from your own inputs.
In this article I’ll cover how to create a new setup from scratch. I’ll take you through step by step and underpin it with some philosophical concepts of why I approach it so. From there I will talk about my process in detail and provide a clear path that you can follow every single time like a recipe. I’ll not be talking about troubleshooting specifics, as it is impossible to cover every situation, however what I can do is break it down into two categories: Technical & Instinctual – both of which need to be addressed correctly to set the car up effectively for the individual. In a nutshell: There are some aspects when it comes to car setup that can be purely technical based decisions, whilst other aspects defy logic, and really just come down to personal taste, feel and instinct.
The following terms are used throughout as ways to describe the behaviour you’ll be observing, so in case you aren’t familiar with them, this is what I take them to mean:
- Oversteer – Tendency to break away at that rear when turning
- Understeer – Tendency to continue straight on when turning
- Manoeuvrability – Tendency to move freely without hesitation
- Stability – Tendency to resist sudden changes
I’ll be using the Formula Abarth as an example here but a lot of what I talk about could also be applied to other AC cars. Only the degree of influence of these components on each specific car will vary.