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Dangerous drivers outnumber dangerous cars/tires (archive)

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Posted by FWK-Z3 on February 28, 2001 at 21:38:40:

In Reply to: Mroadster handing please help! (Long) posted by wannaplay on February 28, 2001 at 17:39:23:

Was that "20 mph" corner before or after your 100 mph jaunt?

Most of your "cheap economy cars" are front wheel drive with lots of benign understeer and not enough power to get into real trouble. If you manage to apply too much power they plow straight ahead until you get scared and back off the gas, in which case the weight transfer will usually give you a little more front traction and you will regain steering.

When you bought the M Roadster you voluntarily made the choice to go with a high powered, short wheelbase, rear drive car. What you have described here is the classic case of overdriving it. In fact, by slightly softening the rear end, increasing the rear track and fitting it with significantly wide rear tires, BMW has reduced it oversteering tendancies. Nonetheless, you have a car you have to be very careful with in low traction conditions.

This reminds me of the experince of the New York State Police back when Mario-the-liberal was still trying to cram the 55 mph speed linmit down everyone's throat. they went out and bought themselves a flet of Camaro Z28s. After the first month, so many of NY's Finest had backed them off the road, that they were no longer allowed to take them out in the rain.

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