Weight Transfer

10-05-2007, 02:13 PM
I once thought this was a myth, but what did I know? I tried it out and it totally works, especially when threshold braking. So it got me thinking, I know to brake lightly to shift weight forward then brake harder but how do I control my weight transfer to the side, or even in the back? That's gotta be a useful skill in racing.

10-05-2007, 09:24 PM
this is really basic- especially for anyone who drifts their cars.
to shift weight to the side, turn. To shift left, turn right. To shift right, turn left. Get it?
To shift to the rear, you need to be accelerating. So this is harder to do, because if you're trying to shift weight, you're probably not in a situation that you'd like to be going any faster...

this entire concept works on Newton's law of interia. You aren't really "shifting" and weight anywhere. Instead, you are taking all the mass of your car and using it's desire to 'remain in motion' in one direction to add stress on that side. Like those rides where you stand against the wall while it spins and the floor drops out. You stay 'stuck' to the wall because your body wants to keep going straight towards the outside of the curve.
Ditto for cars- just make all that momentum change direction.

01-21-2008, 03:05 AM
why would you think the front tires come off the ground ona rear drive dragster? Im confused about how you thought weight transfer was a myth. to transfer weight side to side do as the guy above said flick the car lightly in the opposite direction u want t turn followed by ur turn after. Transferring weight to the rear isnt quite as easy you can get it through jumping back on the throttle if you have enough power and if you dont it takes some ballast weight in the rear or gettin off the brakes and on the throttle through the corner puts the weight on the outside rear tire.

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