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post #1 of 6 Old 12-16-2009, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Track cars, ABS or not??

I have been racing and instructing for a number of years. On another thread I mentioned my preference for not having ABS on a track car. Someone else dissagreed with me and I'm trying to keep an open mind.

I have to admit that I have driven ABS equiped cars on the track in the wet and took full advantage of the ABS but in general find a non ABS track car safer. My thought has always been there are times when locking all 4 wheels can save you, like when you are in a spin but the car is sliding in a better direction than the wheels are facing.

I'd like to see what others with racing/track experience think.
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Are you buildding your own track car? if so, can you get switchable ABS?
Off for the dry and on for wet conditions?
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Not building or buying anything, Just an academic discussion. I was giving advice to someone that is building a track car and I mentioned dissabling the ABS and someone else chimmed in and said it would be safer with it. I don't know what the other persons background was but unless someone can convince me otherwise I still think a "track only" car should not have ABS.
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In which case i would agree that for the most part, ABS along with traction control is not really for the track.

they will get in the way when you're pushing the car and isn't that what the track is for?
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Not being much of a track expert myself and apart from taste, I'ld say it also depends on one's level of track use: for incidental, non-expert users ABS may be the safe bet (assuming they are prone to over-push and under-manage anyway). For expert racers I suppose it's just needless and limiting technology?

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no ABS

on the track the best in close circuit, is all control by the best equipment you have: you.

auto systems tend to take away from driving, unless doing a TopGear celebrity track run.

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