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Definition

Balance, handling-- handling balance refers to the behavior of the car as the tires lose traction during cornering. This is typically described by when the front and rear tires lose their grip in relation to each other.

The balance is said to be neutral if the front and rear tires lose traction at the same time. The entire car will slide in what is often called a 4-wheel drift.

Tight balance (a.k.a. push or understeer) occurs when the front tires lose traction before the rear tires. When this occurs the driver can turn the steering wheel, but the car actually changes direction less than it normally would.

Loose balance (a.k.a. oversteer) occurs when the car's rear tires lose traction before the front tires. When this happens, the car begins to rotate about its center of gravity, and the back of the car swings out from the driving line.

Glossary of Terms

Below is a list of automotive and road racing terms. Click on any of the letters to go to the start of that section, click on the term to open a window with the definition.

Terms J - R

J K L M N O P Q R

J

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K

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L

loose (handling)

M

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N

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O

oversteer

P

psi and psig
push (handling)

Q

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R

reference points

Terms S - Z

S T U V W X Y Z

S

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T

tactile feedback
tight (handling)
trail braking
toe
turn-in point

U

understeer

V

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W

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X

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Y

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Z

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