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Re: How dry I am... (aka AWD performance)
In a message dated 97-01-16 12:07:14 EST, you write:
<< AUDIDUDI@delphi.com wrote:
> ...AWD didn't improve their cornering at all...but allowed the cars to
> EXIT corners much quicker...
I think this is exactly the point. Since the torque is split between
four tire contact patches instead of two, you can get more power down
faster, at the adhesion limit, exiting the corner with more speed.
I would also go out on a limb and say that, _by definition_, exiting
a corner faster = improved cornering.
Ok with me tho, I might argue that in order for you to enjoy all that exit
speed, you better have the brake equation addressed..... An M3 for instance
can enter faster-brake later, by definition, improved cornering, and since it
is 50/50, by definition can take the "correct" line vs the q line, improving
cornering.... So, in racing form, the quattro has the advantage on the exit,
but that really is all out racing form.... Given the mediocre brakes, and
not so hot weight balance, and the torsen, the advantage on the track/street
might be less than one might assume, Jeff's point entirely..... The question
really becomes, at what hp is the q at the advantage..... My own evaluation
is somewhere in the high 200hp range and above, minimum.... Below that, the
advantage is not to the q... To do a q justice, brakes need to be addressed
to take advantage of your faster exit speed being a faster cornering speed vs