04-27-2006, 01:12 PM
I'm only finding minimal online info from the MMP site and the ACNA site. The http://www.audiclubrmc.org/ is dead and I'm just trying to get a grip on what to expect.
The only drivers training I've ever been to is trafic school last year for a speeding ticket(obviously a joke for the socially impaired reading this) and drivers education when I was 15. Other than that I only get feedback and criticism about my driving from my wife.
So, should I go and why? For some reason I'm a bit intimidated by it. My A6 Avant is clearly not a "track vehicle," but I always read about people who have learned so much from track events.
I'd love any feedback.
04-27-2006, 01:43 PM
Outside of Neil and John. Unfortunately, both are away in Vegas for the driving school down there, so their response will likely be delayed.
As such, the best place to ask this would be the motorsports forum on AW.
But my view on it is this. We all drive sporty cars, yes even an A6 Avant. The limits of these cars far surpass what is legally allowed on public roads. And the only way to experience the limit of your car is at a race track. And well, going fast is fun.
In all seriousness, my belief is that if you know how you car will behave at 8/10th or greater (10/10ths being the absolute limit of the car), then driving on the street in normal conditions will be that much easier. And your driving skills will increase because you will be doing manuevers which will apply in the real world, but you'll be doing in a controlled, repeatable and observed/instructud manor.
So when you are out driving normally on the street and that dumbass in the Chevy Suburban cuts you off, you'll be that much better in reacting.
My experience at the winter driving school definitely taught me new things. They may tell you to steer into a slide, but until you experience it in a controlled and repeatable manor, it won't become instinctual. At the winter driving school, getting into slides/drifts was common place. And you learn how to handle the car in that situation. The first day I was horrible, spinning out all the time, going really slow. Second day, I was getting it down. Being more confident, in control.
And then out in the real world, I was able to use those winter driving skills whenever it snows.
But in essence, while its a learning experience, its also going to be a hell of a lot of fun. Working the corner flag during the Porsche event, EVERY driver had the biggest grin on their face.
04-27-2006, 01:44 PM
If you want my opinion, i say dooo it!<ul><li><a href="http://forums.audiworld.com/rockymtn/msgs/61507.phtml">http://forums.audiworld.com/rockymtn/msgs/61507.phtml</a></li></ul>
04-27-2006, 01:56 PM
I do love the driving and I would love to be a better driver, so that part is easy.
I just suddently get overwhelemed with the unfamiliar like track tires, race gas, helmet and the like.
04-27-2006, 02:00 PM
least thats what I'm doing. Only real mods for my car will be suspension (but thats a daily thing anyway, so not race track specific), and race brake pads (only because street pads will melt).
I plan on chipping my car after the event, but I want to focus more on my skills (or lack thereof) than speed.
Don't worry about track tires, use your street ones, for example I'll be using my Goodyear F1-GSD3's. I plan on using 93 octane for the event, not 100+ octane, which can be bought at the track. A helmet is required, but thats a safety thing and you can always rent. If you want to buy one, prices seem to start at $300 for a SA2005 certified one (SA2000 or SA2005 are the required certs).
04-27-2006, 02:23 PM
Thanks for all the input Jeff.
04-27-2006, 02:37 PM
for use in the stock calipers. I'm not certain if the A6 has the same calipers as the B5S4, but here is the website for Carbotech to see if you want to purchase them.
Note: The XP8 is a bit more aggressive race pad than the panther plus. And based on what Neil has commented for how MMP is, I plan on running it (XP8).<ul><li><a href="http://www.carbotecheng.com/appguide-pads-audi.htm">http://www.carbotecheng.com/appguide-pads-audi.htm</a</li></ul>