There is no substitute for actual look and real practice (in a safe open place) to learn the rally driving techniques, but here is an attempt to capture the basics and pointers to some useful resources out on the web. |
Handbrake Turn Handbrake Turn is used to keep up the speed at very sharp hairpin corners. Give a quick pull to the handbrake (without forgetting to push the button). Do not give too much steering, and accelerate out of the corner.
Don't worry if you are confused a bit, check Tiff Needell's video and other resources at the end of this article. Tiff's video also demonstrates 90 degree turn using handbrake lightly and opposite locking of the wheels.
(Just for the style element, you can refer out the reverse flick as well in the video. It uses handbrake turn to do a complete 180 degree turn, run the car in reverse gear at high speed, flick the steering to get the front swinging back to original direction again, and build up speed again.)
Left Foot Braking For front wheel drive cars, left foot braking is a very effective technique to maintain high speed at corners. The right foot remains on throttle, and the driver brakes with left foot causing the car to rally oversteer . If the car is losing grip and understeering, apply more brake. Speed out of the corner.
Power Sliding Keeping up a good speed, steer in to the direction of the curve, and lift off the throttle a bit allowing the rally car driving to lose traction on the rear wheels. The less traction the tyres would have, more the car would swing sideways. To regain grip while exiting, ease off the throttle and ensure car is aiming straight ahead at the road where you can pick up speed immediately.
(I remember doing this on a Scorpio on the gentle hills near Narkanda coming from Sangla. I was unaware that one of the tubeless tyres was already punctured, and had very less air pressure! This is the easiest rally driving technique for beginners and most probably one would have done it at some time or the other.)
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