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Definition

Tire Contact Patch-- the contact patch of the tire is that small footprint of the tire that is in contact with the road. Virtually everything you do to improve a car's handling is to maximize the size and performance of this small area of rubber in touch with the road. Understanding what is happening to the tire contact patch during racing, and what happens as a result of suspension modifications is key to making improvements to car's handling performance.

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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