Why is 50:50 the ideal weight distribution?
The answer is actually that BMW advertise it as fact (and ensure their cars are close to that figure).
The reality is that it depends on the purpose and for our purpose the weight distribution of the Elise is actually perfect IMHO.
Looking for some truly tail happy cars - look no further than an unladen utility
- The centre of mass is close to the centre of the car giving low polar moment
- The CofG is far enough back that under heavy braking there is still enough weight on the rear wheels to enable them to do useful work
- The CofG is far enough forward so that under heavy acceleration there is significant mass on the rear wheels
- The weight distribution is similar to that of a Formula 1 car
With a forward weight bias and minimal weight in the rear they can be provoked into lift off oversteer with frightening ease!!!
Lol. I agree, but I was addressing glb's concern of "abnormal" weight distribution.
Anyone else agree?
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