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Old 14th March 2012, 10:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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R35s and Skid Pans?

Part of the Euro Tour next month involves a day a the Michelin Test Track in Vichy, which I know some of us have already booked. One of the features of that facility is a wet skid pan, which got me thinking a bit.

Has anyone tried an R35 on a skid pan? My initial thoughts are that without turning off the traction control, it would be pretty difficult to get the beast to do anything particularly interesting, but the laws of physics suggest that anything weighing as much as the 35 with any sort of power going to the back MUST be provokable.... surely the electronics can't be THAT good? Anyone tried it? Any techniques to try to unsettle the unsettleable?

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Has anyone tried an R35 on a skid pan? My initial thoughts are that without turning off the traction control, it would be pretty difficult to get the beast to do anything particularly interesting, but the laws of physics suggest that anything weighing as much as the 35 with any sort of power going to the back MUST be provokable.... surely the electronics can't be THAT good? Anyone tried it? Any techniques to try to unsettle the unsettleable?
Many have proved they can be drifted on the Steering Pad and Apron at Millbrook on our group days. Where is Turbobungle

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Many have proved they can be drifted on the Steering Pad and Apron at Millbrook on our group days. Where is Turbobungle

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Hi Jo... Yer, one of the reasons I asked the question is that I had a quick go at getting the GT-R to drift at your place when I was there. There were just signs that it wanted to go but I was too attached to my tyres to push any harder

I'm thinking that on a wet surface it should be easier ( and more tyre-friendly, ) but it also may be that the safety's cut in earlier meaning that its actually the other way around! Didn't want to be the one making a fool of myself in Vichy if its just not going to happen
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I had a quick go at getting the GT-R to drift at your place when I was there. There were just signs that it wanted to go but I was too attached to my tyres to push any harder
You need more lead in your boots .

Will be a blast on the skid pan especially with a low friction surface, tis difficult on a dry surface as the 4wd system tries to help you out....... which is unhelpful.
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On our group drifting & over grip limit handling course days, the Steering Pad is wetted at the end to do just that, minimise the wear and tear to the tyres.

But some can still get carried away ... where are you JohnHanton57 Never seen so much tyre smoke.

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A video taken at last year's Michelin event can be found here

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TC off was great fun at millbrook...I did half a set of tyres in
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Traction control off and a good prod of the loud pedal you'll be sideways in a jiffy and thats in the dry!
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TC off was great fun at millbrook...I did half a set of tyres in
Yer, I can imagine

Not sure that I want the hassle of visiting a dealer afterwards to make sure that my warranty is still in tact though
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I'm here Colin.

No problems drifting just my control lacking As we in the know are aware FWD doesn't work with steering above 15 deg angle and with VDC OFF What Fun

I need to come back agian as I've got a few more horses and a new LSD to bugger up

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But some can still get carried away ... where are you JohnHanton57 Never seen so much tyre smoke.

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