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Definition

Chicane-- a right and left bend connected together to form a short low-speed zig-zag. The corner angles may be as much as 90 degrees, or can be much less. The purpose is generally to break up a long straight to reduce the top speed achieved by the cars. They're also a good challenge to smooth driving with a quick succession braking, downshifting (usually several gears), turns, and acceleration.

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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