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Matt Farah joins me to talk about becoming better at anything, whether making YouTube videos or driving fast cars. Since he drives a couple of hundred different cars each year, we also talk about whether to adapt to the car, or let the car adapt to us. Then we dig into the fancy footwork of the best drivers, which corners really are the most important ones, and finish up with Matt’s Speed Secrets (two of them!).
Matt’s Speed Secret #1: Learn to heel & toe – and adapt it to any car you drive.
Matt’s Speed Secret #2 : To manage the art of weight transfer, ride a motorcycle.
Matt Farah is the man behind The Smoking Tire YouTube channel and podcast, as well as a contributor to The Drive. With over 200 million views of his videos… if you’re not watching them, you’re missing out on something that all of us love.
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I agree with Matt’s speed secret of learning to ride a motorcycle. I took a riding course and bought a motorcycle 4 years ago. Any input and feedback you receive is amplified, especially weight transfer. I feel like I’ve become a better driver on and off the track because of it. Trail braking in particular. You also learn to read and predict (mostly) the actions of other vehicles, as they may not see you (be aware of everything around you). This comes in handy if you are trying to get around someone during a race or noticing that someone may spin in front of you during an HPDE.