Motor Car Racing - Part3
'It's a matter of spirit. Not just strength...'
Hello, you race enthusiasts out there... We meet once again through
yet another article on more types of motor car racing. We've got a few
more racing types for you to look into, before we wrap up the series.
Drifting! The ultimate test of a driver's manoeuvrability! In this
type of racing, the driver has to basically get the car along the road,
sideways. What you see in certain movies where the hero would slide the
car in a bend and drive along thereafter, is not drifting. It is called
the 'power slide'.
Drifting is getting the car to another slide just as you end one
slide, so that most of the time the car travels sideways. Pretty
impressive, isn't it? A good drifter can manage up to about six counter
Techniques of drifting vary (change) depending on whether the car is
front or rear wheel driven, where the handbrake and the clutch are
extensively (widely) used in each type of car, respectively. Mountain
areas with a lot of bends are preferred for this type of racing although
it is done on circuit tracks as well.
This is a type of racing where the focus is on negotiating steep
hills which may be steep slopes or uneven rocky areas.
Hill climbing can be considered as a variant (alternative form) of
off road racing as we have looked into above. Although four wheeled
vehicles engage in hill climbing, it is dominated by motor cycles which
are suited better for this type of racing.
Sports Car Racing
This type of racing is a hybrid (cross) between single seater racing
and touring car racing. Top class races in this category emphasis on
endurance where the duration of the race may range from 2.5 hrs to even
24 hrs. This results in the competition being a team effort rather than
just testing the driver's capabilities, where the total output results
from the combination of good team management, efficient pit crew and
regular driver changes.
The sports cars can be broken down in two categories, namely
'Sports-Prototype' and 'Grand Touring (GT from the Italian word Gran
Sports-prototypes are cars which are specifically built as the next
generation of road going super cars, with advanced technology, whereas
GT cars are made based on road going cars with the interior parts
drastically (severely) modified.
Off Road! As its name implies, these races really go off from the
conventional roads to challenge the rugged terrains. This is a class of
racing where specially modified vehicles, which may be cars, trucks,
motorcycles or buggies, compete on rough tracks.
The general idea of 'off-road racing' can also extend any other form
of racing that does not occur on a specified, paved track. Endurance is
the major concern in this type of racing which results in the usage of
tougher vehicles unlike the usage of modified cars in Rally Racing.
The racers may have to drive from several to hundreds of kilometers
per day across dunes, mud, camel grass and rocks. The famous 'Dakar
Rally' is the premier annual off road competition.
Does this bring in to your mind about carts? If so, you are on the
wrong track. Kart racing or 'Karting' is a variant of 'single seater
racing' which we discussed in the last article. These cars, or more
specifically 'karts', are extremely simplified machines without even
suspension or a differential and every feature of these is actually
'small' as it implies.
Surprisingly, Karts have a really high power to weight ratio which
can even surpass that of a Ferrari F50. Karts which can be powered by
gasoline, gas or electricity, engage in circuit, sprint and endurance
races. Karting has been identified as a good learning tool for new
Apart from pure racing this has become a leisure activity too. Now,
doesn't that sound exciting to you?! Racing drivers and all of us pursue
victory. But, just keep in mind that, even though every win feels great,
there will always be some that will stick out from others.
Look forward to more interesting information through the 'Sports
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