Originally Posted by slt
I decided I'm going to make a go of it. Should only be mildly embarrassing, but what the heck, it should still be fun. Previous cars I've owned have been a GTI with lots of mods, Ion Redline with lots of mods, and and Evo VIII with lots of mods. Should be quite the show running a bone stock Elantra
You've just made one of the best decisions you could make as a driver.
I've got about 8 years + of autocrossing under my belt. Went from my very humble nOOb beginnings, to a trophy and competing in a purpose-built car battling for FTD (fastest time of day). Never did get it but came close a few times.
Autocross taught me SO MUCH about driving and about how to handle a vehicle at the limits. I've lost count of the number of times I've avoided accidents by simply reacting based on autocross experience, rather than just panicking and hammering on the brakes.
A little advice for a beginner: Leave your car stock and don't even think about mods until you have at least one season under your belt. The biggest improvement that can be made, by far, in this sport is the nut behind the wheel. You wouldn't believe the number of times I've seen this 70 year old guy with countless seasons under his belt, smoke young drivers in "modified" cars with his bone stock 2003 corolla on street all-seasons and does it effortlessly.
When you're ready for mods, start with suspension/brakes/tires before anything else! Power DOES NOT = faster lap times in autocross. Not unless you can effectively use that power. You can go a very long way on the stock power of the Elantra with suspension/tires/brakes.
Ask questions and ride along with experienced drivers and take note of their lines/techniques etc. You can never learn enough. Take the time to marshal out on the course and watch from a different perspective.
Be smooth and try not to under-steer. Even though the car may be prone to it, you can prevent it. If the front tires start scrubbing, don't turn the wheel any harder (I see noobs do that a lot
) just ride it out.
I could go on and on for hours, so I'll stop there.
The more import thing, above all: just HAVE FUN!!!!!
This is the cheapest and most fun form of motorsport. Try not to kill your car and just have fun!