Driving the perfect racing line requires a base knowledge of racing. Usually, you are debriefed about the race track, the line, and the run-offs. The racing line is the fastest line to go about the track and is dialed into your mind, every time you take a lap. Video games and simulators do a fair amount in helping you familiarize yourself with this concept. However, it is a frequently asked question as to how one can learn to drive the perfect racing line. Let us look at the details.
Driving The Perfect Racing Line
Well, for the starters, there are no general rules to pick up racing lines or qualifying lines or defensive line through any corner. There is no mathematical formula that gives the best route or equation, which yields into same. Most lines are selected by judgment gathered over the years.
Usually, the quickest line would be the qualifying range. That would be the widest entry-latest braking-trailing the brake and a little late apex starting the drive before or on the apex (depending upon corner). Also, it would have the widest exit trying to go out on full throttle if possible, I get to brake late enough and straighten the bike or car out as I come out of corner so I can get on the gas as hard as possible and shoot out of corner, ultra-aggressive on throttle with this line.
Another line is the defensive line, where I want to prevent someone from getting inside of my corner and overtake. That is where I would turn early, before a corner, brake hard and late and keep it upright longer. Then I would hit the early apex and square it off at the end of the turn as I block the other guy from passing me. That is the slowest line, as I do not get much drive out of the corner. It is due to the early hitting of the apex (already wide exit). If I try to get aggressive on the throttle, I will probably hit track limits or exceed it, which is not advisable.
The Number Of Possibilities
In a racing line, there would be any ‘N’ number of possible routes between the lines as mentioned earlier, you are not precisely defending but not getting all the drive out of corner either. Trading off just enough as per your scenario is crucial. A racing line would depend on a lot of factors.
To give you an idea, if I am on a 600 bike, I can look in the mirror and enter a little slower take a late apex, as the bike has enough power to shoot me out of the corner and maintain the speed. Whereas on a 150 I have to carry more entry speed as it accelerates with a snail’s pace, I would lose too much of exit speed if I don’t enter fast.
The line would also depend on gearing, sometimes you can take the drive out of the corner, but sometimes you will have to enter super-fast to keep the engine in power band, which most race engines are notorious for. Your track position will also govern it, different corner layouts, and your competition and lots of stuff that does not come to my mind right now.