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Hmmm, I somewhat agree but... (archive)

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Posted by John (PA) on October 07, 2000 at 08:16:12:

In Reply to: OK, here we go posted by CC ///M3 on October 07, 2000 at 07:22:54:

I don't think you really have to drive improperly to induce either state. It's more of just how the car is setup. For instance, if you just drove in a perfect circle, without hitting the brakes, and gradually increased speed until the front or rear started to break loose, that would determine if the car understeers or oversteers. A neutral car would start to slide all four tires at the same time. That's my take on it.

Understeer typically occurs when you carry too much speed into a turn and try to brake and turn at the same time. It's the "plowing" of the front tires. Since you are braking and all the weight is on the front tires, it is nearly impossible to turn. Understeer is a really bad thing, although manufacturers dial it into their cars too keep idiots from killing themselves.

Oversteer is when the rear tires loose traction and the back end "comes around." Too much gas too early out of a turn will induce oversteer. Driving a Porsche 911 will induce oversteer big time!!!!

I think that's it.

Now go oversteer. :-)


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