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High velocity turning and vehicle physics

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Hello all- this is a subject that is revisited what seems like once every month and I would just like to share this document that I have found enormously helpful with the lot of you. my main problem, and i believe the main problem of many indie's trying to implement realistic vehicle behavior w/o killing themselfs, is how to get the car to react properly to high-vel turning. not only that, but the transition frol low-vel to high-vel. everyone already knows how to get their gears working and how to proprly implement the car acceleration and motion and whatever, but the problem lies in how the car turns. realistically, the only elements that should effect the angular acceleration are the torques provided by the various forces (lateral, longitudial, external (impact, winds, etc) -- so the calculation of these forces have been of extreme interest to me this past year. Long and Lat forces on a car are calculated by summing the long and lat forces provided by the wheels, so it is only natural for people to focus on tire physics in order to make cars behave properly. that said, without further adue: clicky. I hope other's find that document as useful as I have.

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