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How Honda Managed To Avoid Torque Steer In The Civic Type R

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Well, most of the time.

Anyone who's ever driven the last MazdaSpeed3 will know exactly what torque steer is. You see, torque steer happens when there's too much influence of engine torque on the steering, and it's a very common occurrence in powerful front-wheel-drive cars, such as the MazdaSpeed3. Today's all-new 306-hp Honda Civic Type R, however, is different. Its engineers came up with way to nearly eliminate it. How so? Jason Fenske, in his latest episode of Engineering Explained, discusses this very subject.

Basically, they designed a different suspension geometry that allowed them to put the steering access within the wheel, thus pushing the steering axis closer to the tire center line and reducing the scrub radius and reducing the spindle length and, therefore, noticeable torque steer.

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Yes, this can be a bit complicated to understand, but Fenske helps to clarify what Honda has done by comparing the Civic Type R's suspension geometry to that of the regular Civic. To be clear, there is still some torque steer because, well, physics is physics, but there are workarounds. Fortunately, Honda has come up with a great one.