First time autocrossing!

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Autocross' started by OxWhiteFiST92, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. OxWhiteFiST92

    OxWhiteFiST92 Member

    Yes im a noob at autocrossing so take my driving skills with a grain of salt :p

    Any advice would be great for next time!
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  3. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    Best advice is to just keep doing it! Experience will make you better. Better tires can help too if you're using stock tires.
  4. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Yes Wheel time seat time wheel time seat time.. Even if you cone keep working on your line and HAVE FUN ...
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  5. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    If I'm in the driver's seat, that's a given! Looking forward to April, both driving school in UT and auto-x season in CT!
  6. OxWhiteFiST92

    OxWhiteFiST92 Member

    Next event is in march and I'm definitely going again!

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  7. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    That's the advantage of living where it's warm. We only run from mid-April to mid-October here in the frigid northeast.
  8. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    Yup with autocross seat time is your #1 way to improve. Lots of people blame the car for being slow and spend tons of money on upgrades to try to go faster. Trust me, I have driven modded cars (poorly) and have been beaten by many seconds by awesome drivers in much slower classes. I do mod my cars, but that's because I enjoy it, not because I think it will make me faster on the autox course :) If your region allows it, ride with some of the fast guys. Seeing how it's done from inside the car can be a big help. One big plus from your video: I don't hear a ton of tires screaming for mercy. The biggest mistake n00bs make is trying to go too fast everywhere. Sometimes you have to go slow to be fast :)
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  9. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    I hear ya on warm we do the Ice till the studded car tear it up and its more 4x4 track than street cars lol
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  10. jcr557

    jcr557 Member

    In autocross, slow is fast.
  11. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    It looks like your arms are extended pretty far when you turn. Sit as close to the wheel and pedals as you can comfortably. This will give you a lot of extra control and make it much easier to make large movements smoothly.

    And they are right, tire squeal through the whole course means the car is being over-driven. However, tire squeal is not a bad thing. It helps you to know how close to the edge of traction you are. If you don't hear tire squeal anywhere on course, you are probably under-driving.
  12. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    Yeah what Cligedy said ... I was going to mention about seat position. The standard test is to belt yourself in and then grip the top right corner of the steering wheel (about the 2 o'clock position) with your left hand. Your arm should still have some bend in it. If not then you are sitting too far away and you won't have the leverage needed for quick and accurate moves. Also agree on the tire noise ... some squealing is good and I heard a bit of that in your video. Tires begging for mercy at every turn of the wheel means you are trying way too hard so avoid that.
  13. OxWhiteFiST92

    OxWhiteFiST92 Member

    Thanks for the tips guys! Will put them into good use next event.
  14. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    My steering tip is to rest my wrists on the top of the wheel so the hands can flop over. That seems to be the best arm position for me.

    Unfortunately I only waste time on forums at work so all videos are blocked. Also why I take so long for uploading pictures.
    Web surfing at home interferes with my bourbon and cigar time.....
  15. wash

    wash Active Member

    I should probably double check but I found the seating position to be good when the seat back is one more click upright than the default.

    I think we have a telescoping wheel but after I set the seat for pedal reach and moved the back I didn't feel the need to change anything else.
  16. F1ST

    F1ST Member

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  17. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    As long as you can tolerate the headrest then it wont be default of the seat ;) :rotfl:

    But seating postion as to seat height is a personal thing some folks like it low and some like it as high as they can get so the can see the corners of the car.. as long as it works for you its all good but don't be afraid to play around with it till you find your sweet spot..
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  18. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    Get a fast guy to drive your car for you so you can see what they do, then have them ride along with you.
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  19. OxWhiteFiST92

    OxWhiteFiST92 Member

    I had another event yesterday(2nd time autocrossing)

    I tried to take all your guys advice and put them to use. I felt like I knew the car a little bit more this time around with weak points and strong points. I did not hit any cones and stayed on track the whole time. I Love this car!
  20. MLKN

    MLKN Active Member

    I have a hard time wearing my helmet with the seat fully upright so I gangster lean it a bit.
  21. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Looks fun thanks for the video
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