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Re: quattro technique

> One thing to think about is trying to center lock just to see what
> differance it makes.  But the rear diff doesn't need to be locked until you
> are in more than an inch of snow.  One other thing, unlike almost any other
> car, besides the 911, accelerate through the curve.  Brake before it and
> get on the gas, if the tranny has a load on it, it is much harder to loose
> traction.  
Also just like the 911 and most Front wheel drives quattros love to 
hang it out when throttle is lifted suddenly in mid corner.  
Upon entering a corner the quattro usually understeers initially and 
if the power is applied turnes into a nice oversteer.  The trick is 
to get rid of the understeer before you enter the corner so you can 
slide the car under power through it.  You can either do some left 
foot braking or do the swing thing like the rally drivers where you 
actually unbalance the car on the straight by cranking the steering 
wheel from side to side as if you were trying to loose control.  Over 
correcting will do the trick very nicely.  If timed properly you can 
enter a corner in a controlled four wheel power slide.  It's very 
spectacular but also dangerous.  Empty parking lots are the best way 
to go.  Remember practise makes perfect.  This is where you can 
really notice the difference in locked diffs.

Have fun.

Martin Pajak

1982 Coupe TURBO (473,150 km)
1984 4000s quattro (soon to be a rally car)
1986 4000s quattro (300,000 km)
1970 Porsche 911E Targa (for sale)