On occasion, we get asked, “why do you use formula cars?” or, “how will they help, if I intend to drive other types of cars?”
So, here’s our answer.
When learning the art of performance driving and road racing, there is no better classroom than a formula car. Every professional driver of note and most amateurs have spent time in formula cars, especially at the early stages of learning.
“Techniques important to racing and driving are more effective when taught in a formula car. For example, visual training, what we refer to as ocular driving techniques,” said Bertil Roos President Dennis Macchio. “They are best taught in the cockpit of a car that has no A pillars, no windshield, no rearview mirror, and no forward blind spot.
“Car control, line correction, important advanced skills, are much easier to learn in nimble, lightweight formula cars. The low center of gravity and the minimum body roll lend themselves to be much more predictable and responsive corrections. Even spinning, a skill that one hopes is not often employed, is more effectively taught in formula cars. The learning curve is accelerated in a formula car. High grip, and modest power is the ‘formula’ for learning, and just a hell of a lot more fun.”
Formula cars are also noted for giving maximum feedback to the driver. Every subtle nuance, both car and track, are more obvious in the open wheel car, creating a heightened level of sensitivity for the new driver. This provides a much higher level of preparation for any type of performance vehicle that might follow.
“We have, at times, tried open and closed wheel programs simultaneously. The f-car programs unsold the closed wheel by a margin of 9 to 1. It is one of the reasons that the top pro schools rely so heavily on formula cars as the “ultimate” driver classroom.”
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