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"How-to": Shuffle Steering

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  • "How-to": Shuffle Steering

    Posted by Andy Hollis (multi time SCCA Champ) on the Evolution list:

    From: Andy Hollis
    Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2001 8:13 AM
    Subject: Shuffle Steering

    The goal of shuffle steering is to slow the hands down and smooth them out.
    This makes all of your turns smoother, and keeps the suspension from being
    "slung" around into sub-optimal positions. It will also force you to unwind
    the wheel slower coming out of turns. Finally, it puts you in a better
    positions of control when you need it most. These are all good things.

    Basically, the idea is for each hand to never cross over the 12 and 6 line.
    And the goal is always for the hands to be somewhwere near 3 & 9 in the
    middle of the turn. This allows for additional steering corrections to be
    made in a comfortable and controlled position.

    An example: Start with the hands at 3 & 9. To make a left hand turn, you
    slide your left hand up to the 12 position and regrab at the top of the
    wheel. Pull down with the left hand and slide the right hand down to meet
    it at the bottom of the wheel (6 o'clock). Continuing the smooth continuous
    motion, regrab with the right hand at 6 as the left hand comes to meet, pull
    up with the right, sliding the left hand up the wheel. You will likely come
    to a neutral, mid-corner steering position with the right hand near 3. When
    you find that position, stop sliding with the left and grab the wheel. You
    are now at 3 and 9 in the middle of the turn.

    The next part is key: Turning out is the same as turning in, except that
    you do it in the opposite direction, thus using the opposite hand to start
    and finish with. Done right, you end up right back at the 3 & 9 steering
    position. As you gain experience with this, you will be able to determine
    just how much steering lock you need with each "pull" to get to the correct
    steering angle & hand position for a given radius turn. Many times the
    initial hand pull will only go up to the 11 or 1 position. Or the second
    hand regrab will not go all the way to 6.

    Two additional points: Good hand prep will help get this done smoother. As
    you approach the turn, the "start" hand can go to the top of the wheel a bit
    early to help smooth out the turn-in itself. Also, you will not always need
    to employ this technique. In many cars, slaloms can easily be done just by
    rocking the wheel back and forth with the hands at 3 & 9. Makes sense,
    since a slalom is really just a bunch of turn-in maneuvers without a
    turn-out between them.
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  • #2
    Any comment about the Zaccone method mentioned in the Secrets of Solo Racing book? It mentions the advantage of knowing where the tires are pointing if you're having a spin.

    - Brian (silver teg) Lee

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