The curves pose, for many drivers, a challenge that puts their driving skills to the test. While it is true that they allow motor enthusiasts to test their driving skills, they also pose a challenge due to the inertia caused by the weight transfers of the vehicle. Thus, from Seat they offer us a series of tips to draw the perfect curveSeat.
“Having a car that offers the best grip, stability and maximum performance will help us, even more, to travel safely on this type of road,” he explains. Angel Suarez, Vehicle Physics Manager at Seat, who at the wheel of the new Seat Ibiza FRSeat Ibiza FR shows us seven practical tips to keep the curves under control.
1. Analyze the curve
First of all, to face a twisty route, you should know how it is. Anticipation is key to drawing the perfect curve, so you have to look ahead, as far as possible, to be able to adapt to the track.
2. Watch out for signs
The directional panels They indicate not only the direction of the curve, but also how much we have to slow down in relation to the speed of the road. So always pay attention to the panels to take control when cornering. Remember that one panel forces you to decelerate between 15 and 30 km / h, two panels between 30 and 45 km / h and three panels, more than 45 km / h.
3. Before the turn
If you must brake or slow down, you must before entering the curve, since “when the wheels of the car are still straight is when we have greater stability,” says Suárez. “With a chassis suspension 15 millimeters lower, the new Seat Ibiza FR offers greater dynamics by having a lower center of gravity,” he adds.
4. Analyze the circumstances
Always remember that speed and braking must be adapted to the conditions of the moment. A curve is not the same on a sunny day as it is on a day with rain, fog or ice on the asphalt. What’s more, good lighting is key to draw the perfect curve with maximum safety. “In this case, we have the 100% LED headlights of the new Ibiza that offer us the best visibility coupled with lower consumption,” explains Suárez.
5. The most effective line
In order to minimize the twist as much as possible, it is very important that you make good use of the lane space, sticking to the outside of the curve to draw the widest line possible. “In the curves to the left, in addition, this will give us greater visibility”, affirms Suárez. As the car moves into the curve, you will settle near the inner end. AND be careful not to get out of the lane, since “this type of secondary roads are usually narrow. In this case, the assistant of involuntary departure from the lane will be of great help”, indicates Suárez.
6. Control the steering wheel
You should place your hands correctly on the steering wheel, by analogy with the hands of the clock, at 10:10. Otherwise, you will have difficulty rectifying the trajectory. “It is essential to turn it progressively, without sudden movements, maintaining a constant speed,” advises Suárez.
7. Exit acceleration
When you finish the turn and the wheels are straight again, accelerating will help you out with maximum stability and prepare for the next turn. “Here, as in all phases of the curve, smoothness must be a basic premise. Now we just have to enjoy the driving and the scenery,” concludes Suárez.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.