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Old 30th September 2006, 02:24   #1
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Hi,

In most cars, we see there is a difference in the track width between the front and the rear. Most cars have wider frontal track width wrt to its rear track.

Some cars, for eg. the swift has a wider rear track width wrt its front track width.

Any reasons technically? Please share.
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Interesting question. Even though I own a Swift I was not aware of this. Guru's help please.
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Old 30th September 2006, 10:05   #3
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The basic reason for having the front track wider than the rear is due to the weight distrubution when a car takes a corner.

Say you are taking a right hand bend. The weight of the car shifts to the front left corner. A wider front track helps reduce understeer as well as keep the car more stable. On front wheel drive cars, the added benefit of a wider front track means more space within the engine bay as well.
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RT, how does one explain this, considering that the difference in tracks is very small - about 1 cm, approx? That translates to about half a cm per wheel, from the center of the car?

The other point was abt the Swift's rear track being wider than the front ..
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here are some more examples


MODEL- FRONT- REAR
M-Alto- 1290---- 1290
M-Zen- 1495----1495
Safari- 1500---- 1470
Indica- 1400---- 1380
Gypsy- 1300---- 1310
M-800- 1215---- 1200
Versa- 1280---- 1290
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Firstly, are these differences intentional? What rtech said might make sense on a race car but i doubt manufacturers are really bothered about such detailing on normal family vehicles.

This diff could be due to the diff suspension setup used on the front and rear wheels.

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