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Posted by Chris in Atlanta on October 06, 2000 at 09:18:10:

In Reply to: Understeer to Oversteer (more) posted by kj on October 06, 2000 at 00:31:03:

Not from results, but from figuring out what you've got. . .

First off, I prefer a bit of oversteer, as I am an autocrosser. Helps me get out of turns a bit faster.

Secondly, if you don't autocross or track your car - it matters not at all. The more I autocross, the less I care about street settings. You never see more than 15% of your car's capabilities, so it doesn't matter. That rare instance when you hit the limit - well, you're unprepared to deal with it, and are in trouble anyway.

Now, the hard part: is your car oversteering or understeering. I believe that most folks can't really tell. Because if you go into ANY turn too fast, you understeer. And if you power on too much coming out of a turn, you oversteer. Now, how should you change your car's settings? I judge mostly by the feel in the slalom, and adjust my driving skills around how the car handles thereafter.

i know that it is optimum to have a neutral car but which does everyone prefer their car to have a little more understeer or oversteer. personally i think a little understeer would be a little more friendly and easier to control but i could be wrong. interested in replies

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