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Re: OK, here we go (archive)

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Posted by pete on October 08, 2000 at 17:14:18:

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

Yeah, whay Jim said is true, in fact, in some low traction cases, if you step on the brakes during understeer, you can transfer enought weight to the front tires to induce oversteer. Best solution is to gently decrease throttle, (don't take foot off!!!!!!!! You will get trailing throttle oversteer and end up in the weeds!!!) until the front end grips again. A well set up car should gentle let go, and slowly drift, all four tires (if properly controlled by driver) towards the edge of the road. Assuming good line and proper speed, this drift should bring you right to the edge of the road, and you exit the corner with good speed, as you have been powering out of 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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