AWD Autocrossing – Many Techniques

I’ve watched Tom autocross at the last few SPOKES events, this year.  On 10/5/2008 I finally got a chance to visit with him about his 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Impreza.

On the scoop for a good run
On the scoop for a good run

Essentially it’s stock, and it sure looks good!  The only exception being a modified CAT back (after the catalytic converter) muffler & associated pipes – and sounds good, too!  This was Tom’s first event that he was no longer registered as a novice, but he said he still felt like one.  I have noticed this trait with all autocross participants.  No matter if they are newbies or SCCA Champions, if they are at all interested in getting better, they are always learning something new about their car – how to better make their car optimally perform and maneuver, how to make themselves optimally perform and just continually improve.

On grid, spoiling for action
On grid, spoiling for action

In his youth, during both high school & college, Tom said he drag raced.  He does wish that he had been introduced to autocrossing earlier in life, like 30 years ago, he said.  Tom says that driving an AWD vehicle requires a different driving technique.  At the different autocrosses, I have noticed a variety of sub-techniques within the AWD contingent of competitors, from smooth to jerky aggressive.  I have yet to figure which method is best for AWD.

Tom @ AWD speed
Tom @ AWD speed

Tom did note that his wife is convinced that the only reason he bought this Subaru is for autocrossing.  Nothing wrong with that, in my book.  🙂

Racing Ready realizes that there are many roads & techniques to success.  The challenge is having to find and focus on the correct one.

Dan

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