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TORSEN at the envelope
Well, ever since all of that talk about Torsen vs. non-Torsen I have been
wanting to test out my Torsen Coupe in an empty parking lot. I have owned
my beloved Fraulein for about 9 months now but hadn't pushed her hard
enough to find her limit. It was raining yesterday, and I had just finished
cleaning out the entire interior (no more potential projectiles!), so I
decided that the time was right for a little fun.
Some here have described the Torsen Q's as unpredictable when pushed to
the edge, and I was curious to see (feel) what they mean. The first thing I
noticed was that the edge was not easy to get to! I had to get quite a bit of
speed and yank hard on the wheel to break anything loose. Of course, I'm
using my previous understeer-a-plenty 4KS FWD as a reference. My main
problem was body roll. I was really _less_ concerned about sliding into a
light pole than flipping her over! After a few runs, I started to get a feel
for her. At higher speeds I could induce oversteer with some creative
weight shifting; at lower speeds and tighter turns she understeered.
I now understand the unpredictability comments, though I think more
experience and a larger parking lot will help me figure her out. My first
concern is getting the suspension improved (let me know when you've got
one, Eric F.). I'm reasonably sure its still got all original parts at 105K!
Enough rambling, just my .02.
A word of caution: Don't do this at a large hardware place. I used Home
Depot's lot and came home with a nice shiny screw embedded in my tire!
'90 CQ 20V - my 'running-iron' ;^)
Bob D'A is gonna get me on this one - I really should stop referring to my
car as 'she'.