Race Car Vehicle Dynamics
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Race Car Vehicle Dynamics is the branch of Motorsport Engineering that studies interactions in the form of forces and moments among the systems of the car. Such systems can be powertrain, tyres, suspension, aerodynamics and others. This page is dedicated to gather relevant content related to this subject. Here you will learn:

  • Why tyres are the most important single component in a race car, and how they act to reduce lap times
  • The physic principles behind a race car behaviour during corner and straight line
  • How improving a race car’s controllability can make it faster, and how controllability can be improved

You can read all articles about race car vehicle dynamics on this blog here:

  1. The Absolute Guide to Racing Tyres – Part 1: Lateral Force
  2. Understeer and oversteer balance: the mechanics behind it, and three ways in which it is affected by suspension
  3. A Discussion on Steady-State Lateral Weight Transfer and How to use it in Setup


Recommended reading on Race Car Vehicle Dynamics

There are books in race car vehicle dynamics literature that are considered bibles. They are definitely a must read, if you are serious about learning this subject. Here are some good books on the matter:

As new articles on this subject are written, I will add them here in an organized manner, for your better experience.

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