I've seen a few posts while exploring the forum about improving the S3's handling in corners with (non-cosmetic) talk about lowering, ARB's etc. and they've got me wondering...
You see, I think the stock setup handles pretty well at fast but non-reckless speeds on a public road. But then again, I don't claim to be a good or hyper-fast driver.
However, I've been impressed with the stock S3 in the corners. I've had no problem at all powering through, as long as I've got the breaking point and poise of the vehicle correct, so that I'm not incorrectly loading the suspension...allowing the early application of power for a nice slingshot through the bend to the exit. Smooth. Fast. Fun!
I confess, I've never tried pushing the car to its limits on the street and purely as a personal opinion without any implied criticism, I don't think it's responsible to do so...take it to the track. But frankly, I've seen a lot of squids who are quick in a straight line but crap in the bends, so I've never felt the need to go balls-out anyway. My lousy old 1.6 could take tight bends better than much pricier tackle, simply because the other driver went yammering in too fast, braking too late and on the wrong line. They'd blow past me on the straight, of course, but then *shrug* - any old cock can press the loud pedal.
Do we blame the handling when most of the problem might actually be behind the wheel? How many drivers are actually so good that their skills exceed the set-up of the stock car, so that modification is required? Any pro drivers here have an opinion?
(To be clear, I am absolutely not knocking doing the mods at all, I get the desire to improve...I'm just wondering if the alleged handling issues are really that much of an issue vs driver technique. I do hope my question doesn't come over as contentious, that's not my intention)