<VV> adding weight to rear to improve handling (mag. article)
deltainc at grm.net
Thu Oct 1 18:28:04 EDT 2009
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Subject: <VV> adding weight to rear to improve handling (mag. article)
> <Actually, a car magazine article from 1960 or 1961 (Road and Track??)
> entitled "why doesnt the corvair handle" explored the weight bias theory
The article could as well be entitled " why doesn't a go-kart handle " .....
the truth is, of course, that an early model *can* handle, if prepared as a
As the CableGuy might say, " lock'er down " ....
I innocently mentioned this a few years ago here and received over 76,000
hate emails ... I forgave all of them, knowing that they did not know of
which they speak ....
I believe the most important thing about " suspension " is that of comfort
for the driver ( and other passengers, if a street car ) ... this is
important, because it allows achieving " easy-chair " driving ... without
this, few would buy a street car .... and even a competition driver can only
stand so much blood pouring out of his eyes before he backs off... or makes
a driving error .
I guess that now would be a good time to mention that adding weight to the
front trunk of a corvair to balance the engine in the rear .... is a poor
choice.... what it does is make a " dumb-bell " ( lifting weight ) out of
the car , what it really needs is very simple .... " mass should be
centered fore and aft, and low, very very low ... "
reargards, ken at deltawerkes
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