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Hi all, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on good resources to learn about the different types of front and rear suspensions and their pros and cons. I've found some helpful information but nothing definitive and I would like to learn to understand why a chassis like the bmw 3 series is considered a grippier car than the nissan s series (or a toyota altezza/is300 with double wishbone suspension all around, or so i'm told)

I've been doing research and saving up to purchase a chassis to build a competitive drift car and as ya'll know grip is the name of the game.

Thanks for any help : )

G'day Travis.

I've not really hunted for any good online resources, but I did buy a copy of this book a few years back:


Its... okay. Not amazingly in depth, but it covers the basics of the common suspension setups pretty well. Might be worth a look if you can find a copy in a library or cheap 2nd hand.

Awesome, thank you! I just ordered a copy from amazon. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I never thought about looking for a book.

Here is a nice overview on some of the concepts from Springer.

The keywords "vehicle dynamics" will give you lots of information.

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Thank you! The keywords definitely brought up quite a few more things than I had been able to find and the attachment is extremely informative (and a lot to process all at once, I'll need to reread it a few times.)

There are full copies of Millikan and Millikan race car dynamic floating around on the internet. It is regarded as the chassis/suspension bible by FSAE students. Also worthwhile is claude rouelle optimum g stuff.

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Also apparently we just lost Hand Pacejka. He developed many useful models for understanding tire dynamics.


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