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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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I hadn't heard of this device before; it's a system that uses hydraulics and raises the car to simulate low-traction conditions. Looks like a lot of fun, plus a great way to learn car control skills.


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 07:21 PM
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The early beta tests were much simpler.

In all seriousness your avergae driver considers themselves above average in skill.
I'm not so sure that that's accurate.

There really is a lot that can happen when balancing a car on the knife's edge.
Proper training can go a long, long way in being prepared for the unexpected.

Good vid.
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Pretty cool to watch. Also lol @ Perhaps.


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These things are a blast to drive and an incredible way to learn. I've had several sessions in these at driving schools and each one has made me a better/safer driver. It's really cool to be able to experience various driving conditions... once you get the hang of over/under steer conditions they can set the car up for snap-oversteer, mid-corner understeer, almost anything you can imagine. Trying to run fast laps with a car that is completely out of shape is a real challenge!

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Trained with crown vic equipped Skid Car about 4 years ago. Pretty interesting setup. However the parking area we were using wasn't very wide so could only do but so much messing around.


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I was discussing the McDonalds tray thing with a friend only recently. Funny stuff!

I wonder if they have it here. They certainly seem to in Dubai.


Seems SkidCar have a heavy duty model too. Imagine this thing!


Looks like TireDoc has already posted pics:
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Bondurant was converting one of their G8's into a skid car (the one TireDoc linked to). They also have a few CTS skid cars at their school in Arizona.

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Trays are also great for sliding down snowy hills. Get a good run holding the tray under your butt with one hand, kick your feet out and go flying


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Skidcars are awesome training tools. You can induce car behavior that would otherwise take 5x the speed and lot space to pull off, yet the inputs required of the driver to fix the skid are exactly the same as real-world, real-speed. So you can train for oversteer, understeer, hydroplaning, etc, and transfer the skills you learn at 15 -20 mph directly to situations where you're doing 75 or more.

I looked into buying one for a driving school I was considering starting a couple years ago, but they're over $50,000 new not including the car. And they go through a **** ton of tires and seem to require constant maintenance. But they are really cool. If you ever get the chance to experience one, do it.



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