I can't imagine why someone who wants to go fast on a road course would look to an autocrosser for help.
That's like studying for an AP English class using an ABC book. Totally different trains of thought, totally different techniques.
How exactly is it "totally different"?? Sure there are a few differences between track and autocross setups, but most of the info from that link can be applied to any fast car.
Try actually reading it first.
I'm not sure if I understand, but are you trying to say that a street car can't be set up for the track as well?And what's this talk of setup? Why would you possibly want to "set up" a normal car for a track day?
Tire pressures are the last thing you adjust on your setup, so perhaps those people weren't happy with the rest of the car yet.I can think of some people who fiddle with their tire pressure, but most don't.
I absolutely disagree. Even drifting is not as different as you might think.Autocrossing is about as different from road racing as drifting is. The speeds are really low and the tracks are minuscule. "A few differences of setup" is probably the understatement of the century. And if you don't know how small courses with limited lines to play with and low MPH affects your driving style, I'm not sure you should be commenting on the differences therein...
A kart doesn't even have suspension, how can you possibly compare it to a normal car?actually, if you don't know and you want to find out, a good way to do it is to bring a kart to the next autocross session you do. Go out in your normal car and then go out in a kart. Assuming the course isn't tiny, even by autocross standards, you will see how having room to play with and high relative road speed will affect your driving right away.
A kart doesn't even have suspension, how can you possibly compare it to a normal car?
I absolutely disagree. Even drifting is not as different as you might think.
All three forms of the sport require the car to be tuned for high grip, and this is why I think they are not "totally different" as you would put it.
Most ametuer drifters have their cars all loose and only drift at low speeds because it's easier, safer, cheaper. Pro drifting is done at high speeds, and to do that you want a lot of grip.What? I've driven cars set up for drifting. I don't claim to be a drift guru, I like road racing, but those cars are as loose as a socal surfer on mary jane. No rear end grip at all. I tried to learn, but all my instincts told me to stay in grip mode, so I never got the hang of it. But it didn't have any grip at all. I didn't like it.
This is hard to explain for me. I'm not trying to say that you're completey wrong, but you're not thinking about it from the same perspective as I am.
You keep mentioning how the driving styles are different, but I'm talking about the car itself. I understand that driving techniques vary a lot, so I agree with you there. However despite the driving technique, the cars themselves and the methods used to set them up are not all that different.