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Discussion in '2002 Dodge Viper GTS Final Edition' started by Guibo, Aug 9, 2002.
Re: Finally... An end to this overhyped machine
G'damn, that was great Guibo!
Guibo is right. When entering a turn on the throttle at lower speeds, the massive rear tires hook up, and the narrower fronts slide a bit, causing understeer. However at higher speeds, the front end has more response than the rear has in grip. When turning at high speeds on full throttle, the car WILL oversteer. With a little throttle modulation, this can be helped.
Accidents have happened in Vipers because the car's handling was 'unpredictable'. Well, if you're knowledgeable enough, and know how a car works, you will have no problems.
Plus, the weight distribution does NOT favour the back. It favours the front at 51% front/49% rear. Despite the massive engine, it manages to keep this balance because the engine is actually mounted at the midships (middle of the car), with the rest of the drivetrain components taking up the rear. Add a driver, and it should become 50/50. A 50/50 balance with softer-than-racecar suspension can make a car temperamental, going from understeer to oversteer in a heartbeat.
this isnt the last viper