Understeer is something that is so common among sim and real-world drivers alike. It's easy to do when you're testing the limits of the tyres, this is where Track Titan comes in - delivering you the relevant data and feedback to improve your laptimes and stop understeer. Find out how in the tutorial below:
As always, you can find the video's full script below in case you would like to read about certain details.
Tutorial | How to stop understeering using Track Titan (full script)
One of the bespoke Track Titan scoring categories is understeering. In this video, we're going to give you a brief introduction onto what understeering is and how Track Titan can help you become a faster sim racer. Understeering is all about exceeding the available grip limits on the front axle.
While there are several reasons as to why you might understeer, they all lead to the same outcome: the car not turning in as much as you want it to. Each of the four tyres has a finite amount of grip and if you're asking too much of one or both of the front tyres you start to understeer. This usually makes the car run wide thereby messing up your line or even forcing you off the track.
As if that wasn't already bad enough the fact that you were scrubbing over the front tyres also causes them to overheat, meaning that they have less and less grip. This causes you to go into what we call 'the understeering spiral of death'.
Now that we understand the fundamentals of what understeering is and why it's bad for you, let's look at how the Track Titan coaching platform can help you get rid of it. If you're losing a lot of time due to understeering, that score is going to be low.
This can either be because you understeer a little across the whole corner, or for a short moment but a lot of understeer, or in the worst case, you can understeer a lot throughout the entire corner which is most likely going to run you off the track.
Let's take a look at how Track Titan can help you avoid understeering. Once you click into the understeering score you'll notice that the racing line has changed from a racing line to a colour-coded green, yellow and red line.
Green means that you are either at or below the tyres limits,
Yellow means that you are starting to understeer and
Red means that someone in the next town over can probably hear your tyres be skidding.
Importantly you can hover over either this graph or the difference to reference graph to see where you are gaining and losing the most time. Do you brake too heavily into the corner and therefore understeer on the entry or do you perhaps get on the power a little bit too early which causes the car to understeer the exit?
Keep a close eye on the difference to reference graph and you'll start to understand how understeering can lose you a lot of time.