How dangerous is autocross?

Yes, autocross is relatively safe, but as has been related in this thread, accidents can and do happen. If you hang around long enough, you’ll hear numerous stories of doom.

Is autocross bad for your car?

As far as suspension wear, autocross will wear your bushings and wheel bearings faster, especially if you use R-compound tires, as these transmit much greater cornering forces to the suspension than daily driving.

Does autocross make you a better driver?

Autocross is the perfect place to explore the limits of your car and yourself as a driver. Most events take place in empty parking lots or airfields, with nothing to hit except those pesky cones that seem to keep jumping out in front of you. … You’ll learn if your car tends toward snap oversteer or terminal understeer.

How long do autocross events last?

Most regions have courses in the 40-60 second range and try to release a car every 20-30 seconds. This can mean there are as many as 3 or 4 cars on the course at one time, but far enough spaced out that they do not interfere with one another. There will be a series of work stations on the course, each with a red flag.

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How do you drive an autocross?

Andy Hollis’ Top 10 Autocross Tips

  1. Lift early instead of braking later. …
  2. It’s easier to add speed in a turn than to get rid of it. …
  3. Use the gas pedal to modulate car position in constant radius turns, not the steering wheel. …
  4. Unwind the wheel and then add power. …
  5. Attack the back. …
  6. Hands follow the eyes, car follows the hands.

How much does it cost to join SCCA?

Includes subscription to SportsCar® magazine (a $24 value), eligibility for all Club participation licenses, SCCA car decal, insurance benefits, and discounts on Club merchandise and other products and services. The cost of your SCCA membership is comprised of $70 national dues plus Region dues of $20.

Can you make money Autocrossing?

First answer: exactly zero! There is no prize money, no guaranteed contract that gives you a car and gas and tires for free. … Even if you are the national champion and win a set of tires, I know that you’ve spent way more than the value of a set of tires on autocross events.

How many laps is an autocross?

4) Laps. In Autocross its pretty much one and done. You zip through the course one time as quickly as possible and then its the next driver’s turn. You’ll get multiple runs for a chance to improve your time but there are no laps.

Can you drift in autocross?

If you want to drift, go to a drifting event. If you want to piss people off, go to an autocross, get shown the door, and get “uninvited” to future events. Besides being a safety (courseworker) issue, some clubs’ insurance does not cover drifting. Other times it is not allowed at the site.

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What should I bring to an autocross event?

A few basic things to bring to the autocross event:

  • Your driver’s license.
  • Money for the entrance fee and fun runs.
  • A helmet that meets the clubs requirements.
  • Water, and lots of it.
  • Lunch.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Hat / cap.
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