"Because of its very short wheelbase the car is prone to oversteer but this can be used to aid cornering."
About thirty years ago I was young and stupid (I'm no longer young) and often bragged I could drive anything with at least three wheels and an engine; I was frequently drafted by a local restoration shop as "test driver" for cars we took to Road Atlanta for T&T days. I will never live down that Saturday afternoon I spent in a fully rally equipped Stratos they had just restored (it had been rolled and was not a pretty site when they first got it). Well, we got it off the tilt-bed, I got in and promptly spun it in the gravel; no big deal, everybody gets a little throttle happy in the gravel. I spun it in the grass, I spun it on the road to the paddock, I spun in the paddock, I spun exiting the garage. By the time I spun on pit road the mirth of all present was quite evident. We need not discuss how often I spun on the track; I came to the conclusion the only use for this vehicle was to return to high school and cut donuts on the football field all night (especially when I was told the car was supposed to handle that way). At one point, during a stop, I chased the shop owner halfway down the pit area, shouting "let me strap your ^%$&*^% a** into that #$&^$^ piece of s**t and you tell me it's handling properly!"
But there was to be no end to my humiliation that day. A lady of our acquaintance, a fiftyish music teacher who raced a 3000/6, stopped by to talk (now don't get ahead of me here); soon she was on the track in this beautiful monstrosity, and I was inwardly smirking, expecting a major spin. Her first lap the car was fishtailing all over the place ...but she never spun. Thereafter, every fishtail lined the car perfectly for the corner exit. I hiked over to where I could view the esses, and was amazed. She came through there not like the car was on rails but like it was being pulled down the track on a rope. It bounced, it twitched, it shimmied, it fishtailed, but she never put a wheel offtrack and barely grazed the inner curbs. I returned to the pits and she came in a few minutes later ...laughing. Laughing! and saying she wished she could afford one (well, I wish I could afford one also, but i would buy something else). I still think the Stratos is a beautiful automobile, but I'm content to just look now.
At least when I spin in GPL there will be no witnesses.
Edited by jgf, Apr 22 2010 - 10:27 AM.