Originally posted by scot
Just a quick word about the looping of a midengined car. There is a quick and simple fix. Just keep the throttle pressed in. You are sliding out? More throttle. It goes against everything you think in your brain but it works every time. (unless you are going too fast for the situation, but you will just slide off vs spin off...)
Its the porsche mantra, just listen real close to any porsche driver as s/he is going into the turns on the track. "Don't lift, don't lift, don't lift, don't lift....."
It's a bit more complicated than that...if you've ever driven a mid-engine car.
It's damn near impossible to spin out my X. If I do...it spins like a top and there really is no way to save it...its too neutral.
Now, when I drove the sunspeed S1, I pushed the back out a lot easier than I thought I could (too much gas on a tight corner), and I used your reasoning...don't lift. However, I didnt need more gas because that is what got me in trouble in the first place. I just had to ease the gas, and I saved it. This was on a car, that although is midmounted, carried more weight in the rear. And God forbid you lift, making the back end light with all that weight would certainly throw you into a spin.
But these cars are not porsches. And for those of us who have had the fortunate opportunity to spin an old porsche know how beastly an old 911 is to handle. The elise is WAY more neutral and more refined. I am very curious how it will handle with the new powerplant. I wonder how a 914-6 handles?
However, now I am screwed. I've been driving a front-wheel drive car for too long. Now in corners, I trail break, get the back end nice and light and rotating, then slam the gas to lock up the back end and pull myself out of the corner.