Why does a limited slip cause the rear to go sideways?

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Re: Why does a limited slip cause the rear to go sideways?

Post by gowest » Tue May 08, 2018 6:14 pm

I had a conversation with a fellow, many years ago, that had been through some sort of driving school (non performance I believe). He asked me if I knew why the rear wanted to swap ends when rear traction was lost; either by power or locked up brakes. He said it is because "a sliding tire always wants to lead". Seems to be absolutely correct however I will leave the physics part of why up to you scientific fellas !

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Re: Why does a limited slip cause the rear to go sideways?

Post by Joe-71 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:22 pm

Simple gravity or momentum will cause the vehicle to move that way when both wheels spin together, or tire pressures different will affect it also.
Hydroplaning will also affect the sideways motion.

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