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30 Seconds To Know: Why is camber so critical? (VIDEO)

Jun 30, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

One of the most important elements of handling on a race car is the camber, or the vertical tilt of its wheels. A successful camber adjustment can help the car attain more grip, especially as it travels through corners.

In today’s “Xerox 30 Seconds To Know,” NASCAR AMERICA’s Kyle Petty explains the basics of camber and how it can impact a car’s performance both positively and negatively. You can check out what he has to say in the clip above.

Also, here are a few more motorsport-related items from the “30 Seconds To Know” series – in case you didn’t catch them the first time or just want to revisit…

Jeff Burton on NASCAR’s pit road speed limits

Kyle Petty on the importance of tire pressure in NASCAR

Steve Matchett on Formula One’s energy recovery systems

Steve Matchett on Formula One’s Drag Reduction System (DRS)

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    For those who don’t know camber is the angle required to allow the tire contact patch to be as close to flat and have full contact on the pavement under maximum cornering when the chassis rolls in a corner. With the correct suspension geometry and spring rates you can use less negative camber to keep the tire flat in the turns and thus have less wear and overheating issues on a narrowed contact patch area for the straights. Excess negative camber is a crutch for a poorly handling or base car set-up.

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