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June 24, 2006

HPDE, the permanent cure for speeding

I figure if you do HPDE then you'll never speed again. Once you get used to driving the car at speed around a track then 'normal' speeding on a highway just won't do it. Driving on a highway fast is pretty much boring.

Let's see. Typical speeding experience "Foot down, accelerate to what ever, hold foot down, miles and miles go by, brake for a light." Get a life.

If this excites you then don't do to a HPDE because you'll likely have a heart attack. Driving around a track involves balancing the grip available from the tires with the longitudal and lateral Gs as you drive around the track. If you're on it then there is no extra grip left for suddenly swerve or brake. If you're on a public road driving this fast then you need to go to jail because if anything happens:

  • Bike appears on the road
  • Animals
  • Gravel, mud, water.
  • Slow drivers
  • People accelerating in the fast lane.
  • etc.

then you're screwed. Lifting the throttle, braking, turning the wheel will cause you to lose control of the car if you're at the limit or close to it and that will be that.

On a track, you have corner workers looking out for you. You need to look at the corner or so in front and the corner workers will flag any conditions ahead of you on the track. If you did get hurt then an ambulance is waiting 3 minutes away to help you. You're likely wearing a racing harness with a helmet and neck restraint, maybe a roll cage. Compare this with driving on a public road in a stock car. Yep, sheer and utter stupidity if you speed, I call it "Natural Selection at work".

Anyway, this is what speeding really looks like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsAVNLBpOYs

It's a lot better than traditional speeding.

June 24, 2006 | Permalink

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