Browse Publications Technical Papers 2000-01-3569

An Investigation into the Effects of Suspension Tuning on the Cornering of a Winston Cup Race Car 2000-01-3569

Many of the suspension adjustments that are made to improve the handling of asymmetric cars racing on banked oval tracks are not intuitively obvious to the engineer who is used to thinking of symmetric cars on relatively flat roads. This paper investigates the effects of typical suspension adjustments on the steady state handling of a Winston Cup race car. A relatively simple nonlinear car model is combined with a sophisticated tire model to predict steady-state handling on a banked track. The concept of dynamic wedge is explained, and its effects on handling of asymmetric race cars on banked ovals are examined. Results are presented that show the sensitivity of the handling to changes in various suspension characteristics.


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