Monday, September 30, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I Don't Always Do Hill Climbs, But When I Do...


Hat Tip to Jamey F.

I don't always do hill climbs, but when I do, this is how much fun I want to have!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Lessons in Course Design

Spotted at BMW CCA Boston's autocross events
A little note left by the course designer 
to help you find the course better

Hard to find an excuse for missing this gate!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

OneHotLap Quiz: What's The Bigger of The Two?

 
What's bigger: the motor or the air filter?
 
Bonus question: Guess the car.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ross Bentley's Instructor Series: #8 - The Truth About Learning Styles

I am thrilled to share that world famous performance coach, race car driver, author, and speaker Ross Bentley has put together a series of instructor-focused articles exclusively for OneHotLap. Here is today's eye-opening Part VIII in the series --

#8 - The Truth About Learning Styles
You've probably heard a lot about learning styles, and the fact that different people learn in different ways. You probably know that there are visual learners, auditory learners, and experiential learners.

Visual learners tend to learn things best when presented with the information in a way that they can see. As drivers, these people like to see track maps, lines drawn though the corners, and visual representations of the technique they're practicing. Often, these people learn from reading, but only if the writer has done a good job of painting a mental picture with the words on the pages.

Auditory learners just want to be told what to do, or have things verbally explained to them. These people do well in lectures, as they can take information in through listening, process it, and have it stick.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Axis Of Oversteer Defined!

Hat Tip to  Jamey Price Photo

Great shot and a fantastic site run by enthusiasts 
who love performance driving as much as we do. 
Check it out at AxisOfOversteer.com

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Speed Hump - Related to Driving, Sex Or Both?


Spotted in Wayland, MA

Looks like something put together by a dating agency!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Insanely Fast Lap around Laguna Seca in a Street Car!


Hat Tip ti Will L.

A 1:33 lap around Laguna Seca in a mostly stock Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 is incredibly fast! The only mods in this car are lighter wheels, Hoosier R6, roll bar and harnesses. This may be a lap record for a full interior, street legal Porsche 911 at Laguna Seca.

This driver's line is really impressive, esp. how he tosses the car early into the turn and sorts it out mid-turn, as well as getting really tight to the apex and using all the road at trackout. Kudos!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ross Bentley's Instructor Series: #7 - Focus On the Solution

I am thrilled to share that world famous performance coach, race car driver, author, and speaker Ross Bentley has put together a series of instructor-focused articles exclusively for OneHotLap. Here is today's eye-opening Part VII in the series --

#7 - Focus On the Solution
One of the great things about performance driving is that you can learn things that apply elsewhere. Performance driving is great for teaching you lessons that apply to other areas of our lives.

One thing that I've learned, and I know just about every other performance driver has learned, is that your car goes where you look. And if you look at a problem, such as a car spinning in front of you, you're likely to steer directly at it. In other words, if you look at the problem, you'll hit it.

Of course, if you learn to see a problem, and then very quickly identify the solution, that's a lesson that applies to so many things in life. And when I say "learn," what I really mean is that it becomes a part of your mental programming - it's become part of your subconscious, to the point where you don't have to think about it anymore – it’s almost automatic.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Green Racing? You Bet!

When the word 'motorsport' normally enters one's head, we tend to think of roaring engines, exciting action and impressive speed. What rarely is associated with the sport, however, is economy, CO2 emissions, and the reduction of a carbon footprint. Despite this, Argonne National Labs has been using motorsport as the perfect test-bed for new energy-efficient and energy-conscious solutions for our current oil dependence.

The initial Green Racing Protocols were published in 2008. This allowed for one centralized concept to be used by racing sanctioning bodies, auto manufacturers and others interested in the environment. Since then, several racing series, such as the European sanctioning body of FiA, have used this platform for racing. FiA's highest profile event, the 24 Hours of LeMans, has seen prolific use of the Green Racing Protocol, with E85-fueled Corvettes winning in their class, and Audi dominating in recent years with diesel and diesel-hybrid cars. Peugeot diesels and Toyota hybrids have also participated at this race.