Sport Compact Car did a good job - compared skip pad Gs to Gs thru turn 2 at Big Willow. Skidpad Gs don't correlate that well to Gs thru turns on a race track. Race cars do well on track, but not so much on a skidpad. Unfortunate that Sport Compact Car went away.
g Masters Challenges - Lateral Acceleration Testing
and some of my experience during that event detailed in the 2nd half of this post:
LCS Event #2 -- Big Willow -- February 20th and 21st
I used an oval set-up on the formula car (but not on the Lotus) to maximize Gs thru the turn of interest on track, but couldn't pull that trick on the skidpad; had to run CW, then immeidately CCW.
'07 Lotus Exige S, LTS slicks: Skidpad 1.08 G; Turn 2: 1.11 G
'07 Porsche 911 Turbo: Skidpad 0.96 G; Turn 2: 0.96 G
'03 Noble M12 GTO 3R: Skidpad 0.97 G; Turn 2: 1.08 G
'01 Honda S2000, C-West: Skidpad 1.15 G; Turn 2: 1.31 G
'00 PVP 250cc Superkart: Skidpad 1.39 G; Turn 2: 1.36 G
'83 Williams F1 (FW08C): Skidpad 1.38 G; Turn 2: 1.64 G
'01 Pro Formula Mazda: Skidpad 1.30 G; Turn 2: 2.01 G (magazine's number), 2.4 G sustained (vector sum of lat + ver G), 2.9 G peak
Caption in a picture in print, but not on-line:
"Lotus Exige S: Yokohama racing slicks, Ohlins suspension and Chapman's ideals break 1g mark with ease"
And my favorite quote ever in a car magazine:
"Knowing that a car can pull 0.95g on a skidpad is like knowing a woman wears a size 34C bra. Each figure reveals one significant and specific characteristic, but doesn't say anything about the overall, uh, handling experience. "
Some questions about the formula car from the sport cars guys:
Q: What's the knob for with 11 settings?
A: Traction control.
Q: Really need 11 settings?
A: Yes ... so much better than 10.
Q: What the knob for with 4 settings?
A: Different maps for the ecu.
Q: How do you decide which one to use?
A: From the knock sensor.
Q: Where's that?
A: Use my ears as a knock sensor, with back-up from my mechanic.