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Effects of banked angle on vehicles

  1. Sep 9, 2008 #1
    i've been trying to get the exact definition of a banked angle but so far, i've gotten nothing so i would like somebody to please tell me the definition and explain it effect on the performance of motor vehicles
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 9, 2008 #2
    I don't the "exact definition" you are looking for, but a "banked turn" is used to reduce the shear between the tires and the road (permitting higher speeds). An extreme example would be a circle track with a bank of 90 degrees - just don't go too slow or you would slide/fall to the "inside" of the track.

    If you want to know what I mean by "higer speeds", take a stock car for a few laps around a super speedway (bank angle ~30degrees). Going into a turn at ~150mph is quite an experience - but not one I'd recomend on a flat track. :smile:


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