Quattro handling at the edge
tessmc at drizzle.com
Wed Jul 28 17:59:25 EDT 2004
Gee I sure hate to be a party pooper but I don't think it's a good
idea to find out how to handle your car on city streets.... (OK so I won't
admit I actually go out in the rare snow we have here to practice e-brake
turns in empty parking lots ... )
Anyway, to the original poster, you don't say where you're located!
(that I recall). But there's SURE to be an active car club nearby, and
you really owe it to yourself to get involved in the club driving events.
If it's not a local Quattro club or Audi club, then it will be your local
Alfa, Porsche, BMW or Corvette club -- at least those are the clubs in
the Seattle area that actively get out to the track. (I'm not counting the
Fiat enthusiasts, who are fun loving folks whose idea of a good time is to
hold an autocross where the drivers are blindfolded and the navigators
tell them where to go. &:-))
Clubs offer driving schools usually the first and/or last events of the
driving season with exercises like handling ovals, skid pads,
accident avoidance/lane change, threshold braking, slalom, autocross, etc.
depending on the way the school is set up. This gives you a chance to feel
all the dynamics of the car, to learn to look farther ahead, and to learn
how to anticipate events and to remain in control in every situation. It
will introduce you to performance driving and will help you in daily
driving far beyond the, in my opinion, false sense of security that
Quattro will give the average driver. If you want to go farther than
that, you can participate in dedicated autocross or track days.
Let us know where you're located and we can hook you up with the local
(probably Audi) club. You'll have a ton of fun!
in Bellevue, WA USA
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