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Handling of Race Cars

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Limited slip differential and wings are typical of race cars. Both greatly impact on the vehicle handling (otherwise would not be used). Therefore, the first part of this chapter is devoted to the formulation of a suitable vehicle model. The handling of Formula cars is addressed by means of the Map of Achievable Performance (MAP). With this new approach it is possible to better understand the effects of different vehicle setups at steady state and also in power-on/off conditions. The relationship between steady-state results and transient behavior is analysed in detail.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    Braking of formula cars is discussed in Sect. 4.12.

  2. 2.

    A locked differential is actually not a differential. Indeed, a differential mechanism must convey power from a single shaft to two shafts while permitting different rotation speeds. A locked differential no longer has this degree of freedom and the two wheels must rotate at the same angular speed.

  3. 3.

    The small difference between the angular velocities of the wheels has negligible relevance for the gyroscopic torque.

  4. 4.

    However, many race cars do have \(\varepsilon _1=\varepsilon _2=0\), that is parallel steering.

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Guiggiani, M. (2023). Handling of Race Cars. In: The Science of Vehicle Dynamics. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-06461-6_8

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