So what's a lift-off oversteering car with turn-in understeer?
Julian Edgar - AutoSpeed
- May 15, 2012
A 2013 Lexus GS350 F-Sport exiting hard on the throttle - One of the best handling and somewhat affordable -- compared to the exotics -- showroom floor handling super cars available anywhere.
This article was first published in 2008.
Here we cover the definitions of some of the words used to describe car handling and suspension. If you don't know how to describe it, it's a lot harder to get someone to help you fix it.
is when the cornering car does not turn as sharply as the amount of steering lock indicates it should. In other words, the front of the car is sliding. A car that understeers off the road does so with the front still facing the original direction. Understeer is safer than oversteer (see below) and so all car manufacturers set their cars up to understeer when grip levels are exceeded.
A car with plough understeer
has completely stopped responding to steering inputs – turning the wheel further makes no difference to the direction the car is headed. Plough understeer is dangerous because steering control has been lost.
means that the understeer increases when more power is applied. This normally applies to front-wheel drive cars. Power understeer can be remedied by reducing power, so transferring weight forwards and also reducing the work the front tires need to do… [Read More]