14 JULY 2020 scca.comINSIGHT
thanked the engineer or designersfor keeping you out of the wall?
My epiphany is this: Have you everfelt your stability control add power?This is so important I’m going to askyou again in boldface: Have you everfelt your stability control add power?
And, since we are in this antiqueone-way form of communication called“reading a column,” I will answer foryou: No! Absolutely not. Never. Yourelectronic nannies will never go tothrottle. I know I am being redundanthere, I’ve written of this before, butthis one truth really drives it home.
Let me have a show of hands(another example of something thatworks really well in a magazine):How many of you believe that youcan power out of trouble? Don’t beshy now, get your driving-glovedhands up. There’s a lot of you. I knowthis because I have spent so muchtime with you for, lo, these manywonderful speedy-driving years.
Power is your friend – until itisn’t. Power is your friend wheneverything is alright. Power is yourfriend when you are in completecontrol. Power is your friend when
I had an epiphany during a radio interview on Bud’s Garage.(Yes, radio. I know, it should be apodcast. I have some old friends.)
My last epiphany came during aProSolo in 1983, so these don’thappen very often – but that onebenefited me my whole life. SeePobst Position “My Epiphany,” tobe part of my compilation book ofthe same name, coming soon.
But I digress.
Power out of trouble? What wouldyour electronic nannies do? By now,nearly all of you sporty-car typemaniacs must have experiencedthe intervention-slash-car-savingactions of stability controls. Annoyingsometimes, saving your sorry behindothers, and probably many times younever even realize it. Aggressivelycutting throttle, applying brakes,all the time when you want to go.
Don’t you hate it? Have you ever
you know where you are going.
When all’s well, your tires still havetraction, so power transfers weightto the rear, increasing the grip backthere, making the car more stable.
Power is not your friend whenyou are in trouble. Just ask your PSM(Porsche Stability Management).
Power is not your friend when youjust might lose control. Power is notyour friend when you’re worried, ordownright scared, scrambling forcontrol, trying to catch a slide that’stoo wide or too quick – a “Yikes!”moment. These are seminal momentsin a driving career. Will you spin ornot? Will you win or not? Will youcrash or not? Will you destroy yourcar and end your high-performancedriving career or not? Knowing whento use power is one of the threefundamentals of car control, alongwith always looking where you wantto go, and recovering the steeringwhen you steer into the skid and catchthe slide. Take a car control clinic.
Trouble is defined by how muchthe tires are sliding. And too muchrear slide is way more difficult thantoo much front, though both issues
POWER OUT OF TROUBLE? NOPE
“Nearly all of you sporty-car type maniacs
must have experienced the intervention-
slash-car-saving actions of stability control”
2-TIME RUNOFFS NATIONAL CHAMPION3-TIME SOLO NATIONAL CHAMPION4-TIME PROSOLO CHAMPION4-TIME WORLD CHALLENGE CHAMPION2-TIME ROLEX 24 GT WINNERSCCA MEMBER SINCE 1980RANDY POBST