Watch: Audi’s Winter Testing Program Teaches Proper Ice Driving
Winter driving is difficult and can be dangerous, so it’s no wonder that quattro-like systems have been adopted by manufacturers the world over. Even if you have all-wheel-drive, though, skill is just as important as technology.
That’s why Audi offers a top-tier ice driving program, that Motoring Australia has just completed. The program, which operates in snowy Sweden, teaches regular people how to set blazing lap times on an icy oval.
The key, says Motoring Australia’s Sam Charlwood, is weight management. Although Audi’s quattro system is good at finding grip, Charlwood says that the judicious application of brakes is even more important.
With smooth inputs and lots of trail braking—which Charlwood says is helped by some left foot braking—you can load up the front wheels, which gets them to bite, and that in turn brings the rear around.
It all takes some skill and practice, but as anyone who lives in northern climes can tell you, it’s also a bunch of fun.
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February 27, 2017 at 06:21AM