Can anybody explain what goes on when a rally driver ( off-road driver) executes a 'Handbrake Turn'. What happens is the driver pulls on the handbrake (emergency brake), the back of the car swings around, and the driver hustles through the corner faster than he normally could... It's a technique usually used in cars with their center of mass close to the front - Cars like front-wheel-drives. But what I don't understand is that having the rear brakes on hard causes the car to become unstable and try to swap ends. I would have thought it should act like an anchor at the rear, and thus make the vehicle even harder to deviate from a straight line... So I don't understand it. anyone ?