Throttle on, steering off.
Just as true whether drifting or not.
Way back when someone else also much wiser than me on a long gone forum noted there are only three modes to worry about: acceleration, coasting, and braking.
For years that was pretty much all I knew for sure.
Nice when things are that simple.
Its like, well okay, at least we got this far.
All the rest is detail, where it never seems so easy and everything seems counter-intuitive and complex.
BTW, seems to be no history and little or no definition of the term "lock" as it applies to driver technique, when it seems to become a verb and have a different meaning than "full lock" and "lock-to-lock."
Try searching for "steering lock."
Has the term lock been used since stage coach days?
"Driver Plan B: To avoid going off cliff, apply some lock and whip the horse to full run."
Is its lineage nautical?
"Lock her down and rig all sails tight. We'll outrun this puppy and beat them all to Tortuga!"
Sorry for having too much fun.
What is locked up? Is something locked up?
To negotiate a constant radius turn, (refer to diagram at post #70), steering is held almost straight, pretty steady, and sort of firm.
Its only constant radius btw on a flat surface like an airport circuit or Skid Fun.
On any surface the car takes the line of least resistance.
The biggest lockup is that steering and throttle hold the suspension out away from static CoG hopefully with sustained intent somewhere near maximum lateral load.
Seems appropriate to describe its use as in "to place a car into lock," or "applying a little lock," and that it means to countersteer in response to coast induced oversteer, or just oversteer?
So the three phases of drift thru a turn could then be 1) entry into lock, 2) in lock, 3) exit out of lock?
Please don't forget...its questions and guesses.
PS to JonnyA, yes it is amazing reading Taruffi confirms experience with Grand Prix Legends.
Now have a lot more confidence blathering on about things I thought were new to me that without understanding it I knew all along because of GPL.
Edited by John Woods, May 22 2018 - 08:25 AM.