Skip Barber Two-Day High Performance Driving School: Review (Part 1) Page 4

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Autocross

The paddock at Road Atlanta is setup in a way that doesn't allow for a traditional autocross: there's no unbroken stretch of pavement to be strewn with cones. That's not a bad thing, however, as a small, hilly kart track takes up the challenge. Tricky downhill, off-camber corners, tight transitions, and fast uphill bends all mimic a road course, just at much lower speeds. It's a great environment to approach the limits of the car's handling while still remaining relatively safe.

The Lotus Evora and Porsche 911 were our cars for this station. With one mid-engine and one rear-engine car, you'll get a feel for the different dynamics of both designs, though both are excellent representatives of their type. You'll get many passes around the course in both cars over the two days, though you may never get it quite perfect. It's surprisingly challenging if you've never done it before.

Skip Barber 2-Day High Performance Driving School

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On day one, the autocross is a sort of barometer of your current all-around skill set: steering wheel input, throttle and brake modulation, identification of "the line," and overall ability to maintain a car on the limit of grip are evaluated here. Along the way, the instructors ride with you, offering tips and constructive criticism to help improve your ability to hustle the car quickly around the circuit.

There's a lot going on all at once here, and on the first day you may not see much improvement, but even experienced drivers will likely be surprised how much difference a day of instruction makes when they attack the autocross on day two. You'll feel more confident, you'll be smoother, and you'll more easily and consistently approach the limits of the car and the course.

Coming in part two...
In the next segment we'll cover the threshold braking and emergency lane change elements, and in part three, we'll finish off with the slalom, road course, and conclusion.
 

 

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