xpensive wrote:Please, explain what MGP might have been looking for when they went with such a short wheelbase, completely against the grain as far as I can tell?
JohnsonsEvilTwin wrote:All cars have the same minimum weight.
The only benefit would be weight transfer as Med suggested in his post(weight distribution)
ringo wrote:But what's the use of shorter when everything else suffers?
A shorter car can have less going for it all things being considered especially the aero efficiency.
Now about weight transfer, is it desirable to have more and in what circumstances?
It was said that shorter aids weight transfer.
Med4224 wrote:xpensive wrote:Please, xplain what MGP might
have been looking for when they went with such a short wheelbase, completely against the grain as far as I can tell?
1. a shorter wheelbase aids the weight-transfer between the front and rear
2. supports a stronger turn-in
3. decreases the steering angle needed in corner
and other things which I cannot recall from my classes right now
however, that is in theory
for it to work properly, it needs appropriate packaging, weight-distribution and its benefits shouldn't be hampered by the wrong suspension system
if applied properly, a shorter wheelbase is an advantage
but it is a challenge to make it work
edit: it also suits MS driving style better
AFAIR Scarbs mentioned in his Blog that a shorter car has a weight saving benefit because you obviously need more material for a longer car.
ringo wrote:A shorter car can have less going for it all things being considered especially the aero efficiency.
Med4224 wrote:however in highspeed corners the determining factor is D/F and shorter wheelbase doesn't compromise D/F. Actually shorter wheel base decreases the pull the car suffers in high speed corners on its outer wheels making it more stable since the application point of forces is closer to COG and W = F x d
and yea, there is a ballast weight which the teams use to set weight distribution and determine oversteer/understeer
However, this year weight distribution is fixed, so I don't know how ballast weight factors in
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