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Time to practice the old pendulum turn

“Pendulum turn?” Does “Scandinavian Flick” sound more familiar? If you’ve watched any amount of Rally racing or are a fan of WRX, you’ll have heard of this technique.

Rally drivers use this technique to get around tight turns without losing too much momentum. When done well, the result is spectacular. The goal is to create oversteer where you’d normally end up facing boring speed-robbing understeer.

With winter fast approaching, for those of us above the snowbelt, we thought this might be a fun little bit of driving knowledge… Team O’Neil Rally School has put a brief video together touching on the principal aspects behind stringing together the proper steps in order to get the car to complete the manoeuvre.

If you are going to practice the “flick”, you don’t need us to remind you to be smart about it…

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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