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Re: Torsen bites Performance Car

errr, no.  scott states that the torsen bite can affect a car when in high cf
conditions (dry tarmac), not low cf (snow, ice).  in the pc article, the torsen
is doing exactly what it is designed to do.  shifting torque at tmax (ie. 70%
of torque) on dry tarmac is what is called the spider bite.

i don't have any doubt that the locked centre could be better in low cf
conditions because the tshift is 50% of torque, while with the torsen, this can
be 70%.

'95 rs2
'90 ur-q

>Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 12:45:26 -0500
>From: "Matt & Jenai" <matjen@xsite.net>
>As one who has been bitten, I offer the February 1998 Performance Car (p.
>50) as another possible reporting of the torsen bite.  In a comparison
>between a fwd A6 and an A6q for 0-30mph acceleration on simulated ice the
>article says  "By contrast, the quattro dragged itself up to 30 mph with
>ease.  There were some unusual sensations as the drivetrain juggled the
>torque, favouring the front and rear wheels in turn..."
>It seems to me that if this happens in a straight line, there is no reason
>it couldn't happen during a turn thereby causing US, OS, and US.  I think
>Scott was claiming that lower cf really brings out the bite.  I'll leave it
>to the more technically inclined to explain the cause/physics.
>Matt Pfeffer - 89 200TQW