Originally Posted by elsolo
Another thing not mentioned (or I missed it) about loading up on the converter while footbraking:
The torque can get the suspension to preload more than you want. Now I have never drag raced a FWD, just the old chevelle. But if I load up the converter to 2500 rpm, the suspension loads up before the launch and it won't "hit" the tires during the launch and wheelspin is the result. Footbrake it to 1500 and it plants the tires hard when you stab the throttle.
If you are watching, the car raises up while footbraking, and that suspension travel is wasted because it is no longer used to plant the tires.
Once again, that RWD not FWD, since I have ZERO experience launching a econocar at the strip, I don't know how you are supposed to get them to plant the tires.
Its pretty much the same with both. too much on a fwd and you spin (or if you forget to turn off the traction control, fall flat on your face for a sec). just have to find the happy medium where you get a bark when the tires bite, but the motor isn't lugged down and playing catchup.