Chapter 7 Problems

22. The cornering performance of an automobile is evaluated on a skid-pad, where the maximum speed that a car can maintain around a circular path on a dry, flat surface is measured. Then the centripetal acceleration, also called the lateral acceleration, is calculated as a multiple of the free-fall acceleration g. The main factors affecting the performance are the tire characteristics and the suspension system of the car. A Dodge Viper GTS can negotiate a skid-pad of radius 61.0 m at 86.5 km/h. Calculate its maximum lateral acceleration.

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