I feel like this needs be revisited, sure you know what oversteer and understeer is, but its important to remember that almost all of what a car does in any situation is done by the drivers input.

Enough of this “that car loves to oversteer” or “those are famous for their understeer” etc.

Passive factors aside, you, the driver are in control.

So its more like: “drivers of X car, love to carry too much speed in to the turn or get on the throttle too early”

Lets stop the misinformation. I urge you to click on the links, as they have a ton of info that is beyond easy to understand if you can read, and have driven a car at some point in your life.

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OVERSTEER

Passive factors at work (the natural properties of the car)

  • Weight distribution (front or rear bias)
  • Engine and drive layout
  • Suspension & chassis setup
  • Tyre type, wear and pressures

Active factors involved (the way it’s being driven)

  • Cornering speed
  • Throttle
  • Braking
  • Steering inputs
  • Weight transfer

UNDERSTEER

Passive factors involved (the natural properties of the car)

  • Weight distribution
  • Drive layout
  • Suspension & chassis setup
  • Tyre type, wear and pressures

Active factors involved (the way it’s being driven)

  • Cornering speed
  • Throttle
  • Braking
  • Steering inputs
  • Weight transfer

You will notice that in either case there is more factors that are under you, the drivers control. The term Driver Mod comes to mind, because what a car does is less about the car, and more about the driver.

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Cheers.

ETA:

There is certainly a tendency to focus too much on the car and not enough on the driver, and this way of thinking goes into more automotive topics than just how a car behaves dynamically at the limit.

- Urambo Tauro