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.
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.