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EVALUATION OF THE 1960-1963 CORV AIR HANDLING AND STABILITY
National Hwy. Traf. Safety Administration
1972 138p refs
The Corvair evaluation included review of General Motors documents and test
data, technical literature, ail available accident data, and testing of the Corvair
and contemporary vehicles. Input-response type dynamic tests were used.
To evaluate the objectivity of NHTSA testing and analysis, a three-man
advisory panel of independent professional engineers reviewed results.
Evaluation of the data and tests and recommendations from the advisory panel
indicate that the 1960-63 Corvair understeers in the same manner as
conventional passenger cars up to about 0.4g lateral acceleration,
makes a transition from understeer through neutral steer to
oversteer in a range from about 0.4g to 0.5g lateral
acceleration, and reaches its limit of control at 0.6g
sustained lateral acceleration.
This transition does not result in abnormal potential for loss of
control. Accident data indicate that the rollover rate is comparable
to other light domestic cars. The handling and stability of the
Corvair are at least as good as the performance of some
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