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Eau Rouge Flat Out

Is Eau Rouge Flat Out?

Eau Rouge is perhaps the most infamous corner of them all.
It may not be the same as it used to be but it’s still a blindingly fast left downhill,
right uphill combination surrounded by armo and little room for error.
A corner that separates the men from the boys.
A lot of our customers renting a race car to drive Spa Francorchamps ask us; is Eau Rouge flat out.
The answer to that is not straightforward as you’ll find out below

To take Eau Rouge flat out, or not

To people who come and drive Spa Francorchamps in one of our race cars and ask if Eau Rouge is flat out
we’ll generally tell them it is not and that they shouldn’t try to. The reason being that although under certain circumstances
it is possible to take it flat, you really have to know what you’re doing before you attempt it.
And if it goes wrong, it can go terribly wrong…

Type of car

Now let’s suppose you know what you’re doing, you know how to take the ideal line through Eau Rouge.
In that case what will define if you can take Eau Rouge flat or not depends on the type of car you’re driving and it’s setup.
In a modern day high downforce GT or Sportscar you can manage to take it flat.

But if you’re driving a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car for instance things get interesting.
In such a car you’ll still need a big lift off the throttle or even a quick dab of the brake.

In a slower low downforce car you’ll also manage. In a slightly faster low downforce car it gets interesting again.
Take for example one of our BMW E36 325i’s or 328i’s. In such a car it’s doable to take Eau Rouge flat
but the window of possibility is extremely small. You really have to nail your line to make it flat without lifting off the throttle.
If you’re a little off the ideal line it could all end in tears…
In one of our E46 M3’s it’s simply not possible anymore to take it flat due to the higher speeds they achieve by the end of the straight leading onto the Eau Rouge – Raidillon combination.

So is Eau Rouge flat or not? Well sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t.
And if it is you need the the right circumstances, the right type of car and a set of big stones…
That’s why when asked by our customers if it is possible to take it flat we’ll generally kindly ask them not to try.
Before you attempt it, it’s wise to take driver training to gradually bring you up to speed.

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  • Barrie Peters
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    GREAT ADVICE….NOW AGED 82 AND HAVING FIRST RACED IN 1958 (GOODWOOD) THOROUGHLY ENJOYED SPA TRACK DAY IN 2013 (RED HOT ROAD GOING MINI COOPER S) AND AGAIN IN 2017 (RENAULT CLIO RS CUP CAR)….THE MINI MAX WAS 230KPH…CLIO 235 KPH… BOTH VERIFIED BY GPS…

    AFTER BOTH OCCASIONS I WAS RETURNING HOME TO AUSTRALIA AND DID NOT EXPECT TO RETURN FOR FURTHER FUN AT SPA / NORDSCHLIEFE / GOODWOOD…

    AT THE END OF THE DAY IN THE MINI, WITH TYRES UP TO TEMP AND PRESSURE, A DRY TRACK, IT WAS NOW OR NEVER FOR A FLAT EAU ROUGE….RESULT WAS THE BIGGEST TANK SLAPPER EVER IN MY RACING CAREER, AS THE LEFT REAR JUST CLIPPED THE OUTSIDE RIPPLE STRIP…YEARS LATER I CAN STILL RELIVE THE FRIGHT..

    COMPENSATION WAS FROM THE APPLAUSE OF THE MARSHALS NEXT ~ AND MUCH SLOWER ~ LAP..

    THE CLIO, AGAIN IN THE BEST SHAPE FOR THE ATTEMPT, DID MAKE IT…

    ESTIMATE 215KPH WAS TOO FAST FOR MINI AND 225 MY MAXIMUM IN THE CLIO…WOULD I TRY EAU ROUGE FLAT AGAIN (HOPEFULLY IN 2019) ?…TOO BLOODY OLD!!!!…

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