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Re: understeer/oversteer

A good way to experience this (IMHO) is to ride go-karts (maybe at your
local Malibu Gran Prix type place).  At slow speeds, the front wheels
have very little traction and you have to turn them a lot to effect a
reasonable turn of the go-kart (understeer).  However, at higher speeds
(and especially off-throttle) the RWD & heavy back-end of the go-kart will
tend to swing the back wheels out more when turning, and you may have to
counter-steer to avoid a spin (oversteer).  

I had lots of fun oversteering in my go-kart in high school.  It was ~1"
off the ground, with 8" wide rear tires and 4" wide front, a 5hp
Briggs & Stratton engine modified with dual carbs & a straight exhaust,
and a large axle chain-ring, with a topend of 45+mph.  The fastest way
through a corner was to steer into the corner, briefly, until the tail slid
out, and then counter-steer at full throttle to keep the kart on track
through the turn.

Those were the days...   :)

'85 Coupe GT, doesn't like to oversteer like that
Eric J. Fluhr                                Email:  ejfluhr@austin.ibm.com
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