Well, if you guys are going to talk about spins... I can't keep myself from posting these:
I thought it would be fun to compile all of the in-car video of track spins or saves that my wife or I have been a part of or witnessed from 2003-2012 in Part 1 and 2013 to 2015 in Part 2. Mostly from 2008+ in our '08 Lotus Exige-S 240.
If you have yet to try track or autocross Do Not let this video discourage you!! Part 1 covers about 18k track miles... starting when we were in the novice driving groups and new to the Lotus until late 2012.
In the beginning spins did sneak up on us... as we gained experience I would mess a lot with suspension settings just "to see what it would do". I often had over steer dialed in the car and often tried to get the car to rotate. Sometimes I was able to recover, sometimes not. As you gain experience you will more know when spins are coming and how to prevent them.
In Texas we are lucky to have very few walls and a lot of run off room at our tracks. When I know I am alone on the track (or no one behind me) I often like to play and rotate the car... drive at 11/10ths. That often leads to care free spins. Its fun! Sometimes it is not intentional but obviously if I was in an environment that had walls or heavy traffic I would not intentionally be driving at 11/10th.
I have never run anything less sticky than Yoko A048s / Toyo 888s which are harder to "drift" than normal street tires. Toward the end I had moved to Hoosier R6s.
Biggest piece of generic advice I can give if you are driving a mid engined car is that if the rear starts coming around DO NOT LIFT. Either stay neutral or in a low horsepower car like mine you should plant the throttle! There are clips in this vid where I am doing 90MPH and the rear is coming around... they only reason why I saved it was because I instinctively went full throttle. Generally the goal is to keep the car balanced. If the rear is coming around unintentionally then you need to shift more weight toward the back of the car... applying more throttle transfers weight from the front to the rear of the car.
I take pride in the fact that I drive a car without electronic gizmos that drive for me. My lap times are due to my skill or lack thereof, not electronic "help". The Lotus was made for this. It is a blast to drive mostly because *I* am doing the actual driving.
So, if you are interested in motorsports - whether you own a Lotus or not - get out there! No worries, if you don't want to spin you will learn to prevent it. Have fun!!!!