BASES OF SPORTS DRIVING
In the past, race car driver, USSR champion, and now motor racing coach and famous journalist Mikhail Gorbachev offers you an exciting description of professional tricks, tricks and techniques for driving a car in extreme driving situations and in racing. This book is for anyone who wants to learn the secrets of the art of filigree control of the machine and become a real ass of steering and pedals! Here is one of the chapters of the book:
So, sports driving is the safest driving style. This is a fact and disputes are irrelevant here. Drivers who know the basics of sports driving, can do a lot, they just do wonders behind the wheel. And the point here, believe me, is not courage or bravery. Simply, they are devoted to the mysteries of processes concentrated in the most important area, which is called “tire contact patch with the track.” Here mysterious relationships between the brakes, the accelerator and the steering wheel, unknown to the ordinary driver, appear. Moreover, the interaction takes place at a thin level in a blurred area at the very edge of Professor Kamm’s circle. In other words, riders always know what is the potential of tire adhesion to the road and how much this potential is used by them at the moment. The option when the car “suddenly skidded” is not possible in principle. The question arises: Maybe they are endowed with superhuman abilities? Do not smile! This is exactly what was considered in the twenties and thirties of the twentieth century, when all over the world (but unfortunately not in our country) auto racing developed rapidly and race drivers were considered real heroes, endowed with the rarest gift to adequately perceive tremendous speed. This myth was supported by the media and the racers themselves. In those days, any driver of the car was associated with the hero, and even the race car driver – even more so.
Then there were units of them. The racer of the beginning of the last century in the minds of the masses was equated with the astronaut of the sixties. In the minds of the public it was a hero! To the journalist’s question of how he manages to treat beautiful girls standing at the edge of the track at a speed of 300 km / h, Rudolf Karachiolla, an outstanding racing ass of that time, replied: “we, the racers, or rather our eyes are used to speed, high speeds just will not see anything. And we, the racers see absolutely everything! ” It is clear that for inexperienced listeners such an explanation sounded more than convincing, elevating the rider to the level of superman. Interestingly, if you drop the pathos of this statement, confirming the phenomenal capabilities of the race car driver and look at the root, you will find that the brave hero of his time was not so far from the truth. Let’s figure it out! Of course, the human eye perfectly sees and at a greater speed than 300 km / hour and that is not the case.
The most important is where and how to look! The thing is in the correct focusing of the view, or rather in the competent management of the view. At such high speed, you need to look as far as possible on the road, and all other information is perceived only by side or peripheral vision. Indeed, upon reaching a certain speed, a person may experience a phenomenon, the so-called “tunnel vision”, when everything is merging to the left and right into a solid wall that runs back and does not have time to grab landmarks in front. Apparently Rudolf Karachiolla had in mind just such an effect. The question that has been raised is very important, as driving a driver’s view is the basis of driving a car. Did not know? Did you think about it, but do you drive a car excellent? It is quite clear that many drivers, having the natural data of good drivers, came to trial and error independently to the correct conduct of their gaze. But, this is not the best option when it comes to the car in the sense of a source of increased danger to the driver, passengers and others. So, the driver drives his car by sight. So the person is arranged. He looks where he wants to be and his hands, as if by a wave of a magic wand at the right moment turn the steering wheel to the right angle and his car hits right on target.