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Old 02-03-2002, 14:52   #1 (permalink)
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eek AP Almost Does a Laminge

Suburban street, second gear, very small throttle. Turning left at a typical intersection when suddenly a clunk comes from the rear end and the back of the car launches sideways. Before I know it I'm navigating down the road through the driver's side window :oo1:

Thankfully a generous foot load of throttle stopped the car launching into the nearby parked cars (a trick I learnt from the Champ cars?), but it was close.

Is that clunk the diff thing people talk about? It felt like a sudden burst of wheelspin on the inside wheel, as if the car had a Detroit Locker setup.
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Old 02-03-2002, 14:57   #2 (permalink)
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I must admit I have tears in my eyes:s3 :s3 :s3 :s3

AP I can just picture you sitting in the passanger seat trying to control the car...
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Pete,

Glad you saved it mate. From what it sounds like, the LSD kicked in when you put the power down. Happened to a guy with an XR6 in the club.

Must say if i was in that situation i'd probably freak out and the last thing i'd do is put the foot down.
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PETE. thats not good, im glad to hear you saved it!!
The last thing I would have done in that situation is apply the throttle. In a emergency situation, I would always hit the brakes.
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It sounds odd, but in certain oversteer situations (and this is also dependent on the type of car you're driving) the throttle will help correct your attitude, so IMO AP did the right thing by hitting the gas when the arse came out.
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If you back off, the moment the wheels gain traction again they spit you off in any old direction. The old Commodore IRS was a pearler for this! Anyhow, I got away with it this time.

I think it's time to shim up the LSD cones and lock this baby up a bit tighter. Would be more predictable I think.
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It sounds odd, but in certain oversteer situations (and this is also dependent on the type of car you're driving) the throttle will help correct your attitude, so IMO AP did the right thing by hitting the gas when the arse came out.
I totally agree with what Pete did, it's just that i don't think my skills aren't adequete enough to apply throttle to correct such situations.

When the back end stepped out in the VT all i did was wait until it settled again. Too scared to apply throttle. :dead: :dead:
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I totally agree with what Pete did, it's just that i don't think my skills aren't adequete enough to apply throttle to correct such situations.

When the back end stepped out in the VT all i did was wait until it settled again. Too scared to apply throttle. :dead: :dead:
Yeah spot on. Although I KNOW applying te throttle will get you out of trouble, still, i always hti the brakes in an mergency situation.
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Your very lucky!!!

glad you didnt get hurt, or do any damage to your baby.

I would hate for you to turn up to one of the club meetings with peices of your car in a paper bag... or even worse - in a large coffee jar!
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Lucky Save AP! Dead right about applying more throtle in that situation. Its amazing to think that 95% of people would think that lifting off or applying the brakes would be the thing to do however that causes more problems...

Car control should be taught to people at learner level but hey lets just give anyone a licence who can drive around the block... Think I will leave my rant here as all of us know how crap the system is... and thats before we even get onto speed limits and revenue! ARH
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