O is for Oversteer

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Oversteer is a common cause for spectacular crashes. The funny thing about oversteer is that you can experience it from too little throttle or too much throttle. Lifting in the middle of a corner causes trailing throttle oversteer (TTO) while putting down too much throttle causes power on oversteer (POO). In both TTO and POO, the front wheels have more grip than the rears. That’s pretty much the definition of oversteer.

In TTO, the oversteer is caused by weight transfer to the front tires by snapping off the throttle pedal. It’s almost like jamming on your brakes in the middle of a corner. FWD cars generally have around 60% of their weight over the front tires, so they are naturally prone to oversteer by their weight distribution. RWD cars are closer to 50/50 weight distribution, but the act of snapping off the throttle causes the rear wheels to drag, which induces…

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