BTCC » Plato: FWD cars at end of development curve


Jason Plato feels the current BTCC regulations mean the FWD cars have developed as far as they can go, whereas the RWD entries still have more to come

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Paula Takington

August 07, 2014 2:18 PM

Why can't Jason just shut up and get on with the job? if FWD cars have been "developed to as far as they can go" then how is it he won the first two races at Snetterton this weeknd? Jason has such poor sportsmanship on and off the track. Jason needs to shut up and except its not all FWD, just his 3 year old MG, that has come to the end of its development potential. God retire already Jason

MartinJSUK

August 07, 2014 6:26 PM

Jason's got an excuse for every occasion. Turkington was ring-rusty at the start of last year whereas he and the BMW are perfectly gelled and well-funded now, while Neal is past his best and the MG has stagnated (not all the FWD cars though).

ProfessorX

August 08, 2014 6:32 AM

Hey, I bet those FWD cars get good gas mileage ... sigh.

Seriously though, why would anyone want to race a FWD car? Seriously. I have to imagine it's like dragging your bum across the track, must be some interesting setup to keep the balance of those cars.

GuzziHero

August 08, 2014 7:15 AM

ProfessorX: Hey, I bet those FWD cars get good gas mileage ... sigh.

Seriously though, why would anyone want to race a FWD car? Seriously. I have to imagine it's like dragging your bum across the track, must be some interesting setup to keep the balance of those cars.


From what I understand, they are much more easy to correct and less likely to suffer from oversteer especially over bumpy ground. With the tyre technology now, if they understeer they reduce power and turn sharper, if they oversteer they simply steer towards the exit and power on. It is a 'softer' form of cornering balance, if that is the right word. More predictable.

RWD requires a far greater level of control, but of course preserve tyres better.

Personally, I was always taught that steering controls the front wheels, engine controls the rear wheels, but then I don't race touring cars!

FVA47

August 08, 2014 10:18 PM

Jason Plato may be a good driver and Marketing person. But over the last 2 years, he has lost a lot of the Public's respect due to his antics both on and off the track.
When will he learn to take a step backwards and study himself through the eyes of the spectators and supporters of BTCC. If he carries on as he is, nobody will take him seriously, and that includes the Companies that pay for his Motorsport!!!

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