Contrary to popular opinion, a front-wheel-drive (FWD) car is NOT the work of the devil. When designed properly they’re awesome, especially in the wet!
And I’m lucky enough to own one of the best hot hatches of the moment, so here’s a video lap showing some of my own tips to laughing smoothly and quickly on the Nordschleife.
(video at the bottom)
- Brake smoothly and early.
- Brake in straight lines.
- Only change gears in straight lines.
- The “racing line” or “ideal line” is normally slippery. Moving only a half car width off it can help massively.
- Find and recognise the difference between a leading and trailing throttle. If you’re on the gas, even a slight amount, it’s very hard to spin a FWD car. But if you’re off it, even a bit, then you can start “lift-off oversteer”.