1981-06-01

Handling, Braking, and Crash Compatibility Aspects of Small, Front-Wheel Drive Vehicles 810792

Handling, Braking, and Crash Compatibility Aspects of Small, Front-Wheel Drive Vehicles - A mathematical model is used to compare the dynamic handling characteristics of four different vehicle concepts:
  • Front engine/front-wheel drive
  • Front engine/rear-wheel drive
  • Rear engine/front-wheel drive
  • Rear engine/rear-wheel drive
The second section of this paper deals with the design considerations posed by small, front-wheel drive vehicles in regard to the proper proportioning of the brake force distribution with a particular view to braking distance and directional control behavior of the vehicle during brake input.
The third section is a study of the vehicle-to-vehicle collision based on current statistics. An effort is made to provide an interpretation of the distribution of accident fatalities in collisions between large and small vehicles.

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