THE TREND TO SMALLER AND LIGHTER CARS: DOES IT PRESENT AN INCREASED CHALLENGE TO THE CHASSIS ENGINEER?
Observations are made with respect to the manner in which the physics of the motor car make it more difficult for the chassis engineer to achieve ride, handling, and braking performance levels in smaller cars which are comparable to the performance levels achievable in larger cars. It is also observed that design trends aimed at making the motor car a more efficient transporter of people contrast markedly with current ideas for making the motor truck a more efficient transporter of freight. /SRIS/
- This paper was presented at the International Automotive Engineering Congress and Exposition held by the Society of Automotive Engineers in Detroit, February 28-March 4, 1977.
Warrendale, PA USA 15096
- SEGEL, L
- Publication Date: 1977
- Features: Figures;
- Pagination: 13 p.
- TRT Terms: Brakes; Chassis; Compact automobiles; Economic efficiency; Freight transportation; Handling characteristics; Riding qualities; Vehicle design; Vehicle performance; Weight
- Uncontrolled Terms: Efficiency; Handling
- Old TRIS Terms: Small car
- Subject Areas: Design; Economics; Freight Transportation; Highways; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00152958
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
- Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 770040
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jun 22 1977 12:00AM