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Lift Throttle Oversteer 101

Posted in BMW, Crashes, Track Events, Videos by Kurt Ernst | March 13th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

So, you’re new to this whole racetrack driving thing, and you can’t wait to go out and turn hot laps in your new BMW 3 Series. Heading into a corner (off line, it appears) you suddenly realize that you’re going faster than you’re comfortable with. You know well enough not to touch the brakes, but your brain is still sending that “slow down” signal to your right foot. Before you know what’s happening, you lift off the gas and suddenly the car snaps to the outside of the turn; congratulations, you’ve just met Mr. Lift Throttle Oversteer up close and personal. Video below.

BMW Crash

As you may have guessed, I’ve been there, done that. When you’re expecting it, it’s not a big deal and can be a useful technique to rotate the back end of a car around. If you’re going to practice it, just be sure you have plenty of runoff room, unless you like writing checks for towing services, new radiators and body panels. Keep in mind that the fastest way around a race track is slow into corners and fast out of them. If you’re trying to scrub off speed mid corner, just before the apex, bad things are likely to happen.

Source: StreetFire

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2 Responses

  1. you hate to feel schadenfreude, since a lot of us have made mistakes or even dumb mistakes behind the wheel, but with the sunroof open and no helmet to be found on either driver or passenger, one can’t help but get the sense that they weren’t exactly ‘doing it right’ to begin with…

  2. Kurt Ernst says:

    Let me speak for myself:

    Mistakes behind the wheel? Check
    Dumb mistakes behind the wheel? Check

    On the plus side, at least they didn’t stack the car on a public road.