Basic Cornering Concept: Circle of Traction
Circle of Traction & Skidpads
The Circle of Traction is a concept which chassis engineers use to determine how the available traction of the tires is being used. This is because there is only so much traction any given set of tires is capable of producing and it is distributed between cornering, braking, and acceleration. Using this concept it is possible to determine how much traction is left for cornering once the forces of braking or acceleration are accounted for.
What Does it Mean?
Improve Your Lateral G!
It is possible to improve the g your car is capable of developing. As mentioned earlier, contact patch of the tire is a key element. To keep the patch maximized SpeedDirect offers a number of solutions from individual parts like upper control arms which greatly improve the suspension geometry or complete handling packages or stage kits which include a tuned assemblage of sway bars, adjustable shocks and spring rates to vastly improve traction and lateral grip over a stock suspension.