• We are currently looking for experienced automotive journalists and editors to join our team.  Make $60k-$80k per year doing what you love. We are also looking for an experienced forum moderator to join our team. See details here. ×

Ford Performance Racing School Breaks Down Optimal Line Selection: Video

Ford Performance Racing School
Sponsored Links

Shaving seconds, and oftentimes fractions of a second, off lap times is a tricky business. Race car drivers spent countless hours working on technique, all with a goal of cutting the perfect line at every track they compete on. Learning line selection is also something that enthusiasts can do at various driving schools around the world, even if they don’t have aspirations to be the next Mario Andretti. And this nifty video gives us a glimpse at how Ford Performance Racing School teaches its eager students.

Ford Performance Racing School has a new home at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and employs a series of techniques to teach students the fine art of line selection. But before that happens, the students spend some time in the classroom learning the details of those skills before they actually try them out the track.

Sponsored Links

The instructor first goes over line selections, beginning with a simple apex setter line, which is just a constant arc through a corner that allows the driver to maintain a constant speed. He explains that with this sort of corner, drivers tend to head in at higher speeds only to react late and try to force the car through the corner early. The better technique here is to enter the corner later, at a lower speed, which leads to a faster exit speed.

The instructor then uses a virtual simulation to demonstrate the theory on a screen, which helps bring the simple whiteboard drawing to life. He walks students through the entire curve, explaining each little aspect as he goes. Then, the drivers in attendance get to try it out themselves, with real-time feedback from the instructor. After honing their skills in a safe, virtual environment, the drivers get to test them out in specially track-prepped 2015 Ford Mustang racers, which is where the real fun begins.

Sponsored Links

Overall, this video is a fascinating sneak peak into what makes the Ford Performance Driving school so unique. It certainly makes us want to take a trip out to Concord, North Carolina soon, so that we can hone our own skills. And have a little fun ripping a Mustang around the track, of course.

We’ll have more cool videos like this soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Sponsored Links
Sponsored Links

Subscribe to Ford Authority
For around-the-clock Ford news coverage


We'll send you one email per day with the latest Ford updates.

It's totally free.

  • Want to see your Ford vehicle or build featured on Ford Authority? We welcome your submissions. See here for details. ×

Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Super Clean 1969 Mustang Mach 1 Looks Like A Stellar Driver

2020 Ford Transit

2020 Ford Transit Now Shipping Exclusively With 10-Speed Automatic Transmission