It's no secret that driving a rear-wheel drive car is an order of magnitude more fun and more difficult than any other. For me, this is, first of all, a lot of room for creativity. The informativeness of the steering wheel untouched by parasitic forces, in contrast to front-wheel drive cars, gives a completely different feeling of the car. The delicate work of the brake pedal, which is becoming one of the main tools of the driver, the requirements for the speed of reaction to slip correction - all this quickly stimulates the growth of skill development. Honesty. Don't know how to re-gas? Transmission manipulation does not tolerate roughness. Late with the correction? Did you overexpose or release the brake too abruptly when entering a corner? Did you hit the gas at the wrong time? Get tons of information. Maybe at first it will be a blurred circle, wasted time, flying off the canvas, and even a collision.But if you process it correctly and can draw the right conclusion, the amount and value of this information is incredible.
Walter Röhrl had a very correct phrase, the meaning of which is revealed with experience. In fact, it is somewhat deeper than it seems at first glance.
"Driving begins for me where I use the gas pedal instead of the steering wheel."
I will reread and return to it more than once in my life.
This guy knows more.
Of course, starting your journey with a very powerful and heavy machine is bad manners. It is long, difficult and expensive.
For the first steps in the world of cars with the right drive, relatively light cars with a not too powerful engine are best suited to carry a lot of momentum into a corner.
Alexey Didukh and his Subaru BRZ. For six months, progress has led him to the prizes of the RHHCC championship.
On them you will quickly drive up to the edge and they forgive many mistakes that can be expensive on a sports car with a fierce engine and expensive "hardware".
Ivan Demukh. BMW 118i, 2014.
In addition to the cost of repairs, it is also important to consider the cost of tires, brake pads, fuels and lubricants and other consumables. Motorsport, like any other technical sport, is primarily about rolling forward. You need to travel a lot and ride in different conditions for skills to constantly develop. 17 wheels are an order of magnitude cheaper than 19 wheels, and replacing the ceramic brakes can put the car in a joke throughout the season. The stepwise increase in the level of the car is the key to success.
Ivan Demukh vol 2015. BMW M3 E92 - a strong eggplant.
In winter, you need to pay attention to the cost of bumpers. Think they only suffer from crashes that won't happen to you? No matter how it is! The rear bumper becomes a consumable item when you start to ride against the snow parapet. And departures are a common thing. Without them, it is impossible to step over the line and move on.
MX5. A car that makes you smile even with the roof closed.
Of course, one of the main selection criteria is cost. The Mazda MX5, Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 are excellent training equipment. Lightweight, well-equipped, interestingly designed and fast on the track in their class. Differential locks are factory fitted on all of these cars, and a couple of BRZ / GT86s also have decent standard suspension.
Almost masstart! Photo based on 70s old school racing style.
Even if you don't have a million rubles to buy, you shouldn't deny yourself the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of driving pleasure. An old BMW is fine. E36, E46 is capable of giving a lot of skill with the proper level of training, especially in winter.
320 e36 by Pavel Vasishchev
Of course, it is better to put aside the frankly old and decrepit variants right away. You need to drive as much as possible, not repair and build.
Take a step forward, do not stop there. Go!
Photos of Vladislav Aliyev and personal :)