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Here's Why The New Honda Civic Type R Doesn't Suffer From Torque Steer

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We harbor a love for Honda’s new front-wheel drive monster with the famed Type R badge. One of the reasons Honda got the 2017 Honda Civic Type R right; engineers completely reworked the car’s front suspension in an effort to eliminate torque steer. We hate torque steer, so that’s a very good thing.

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Thanks to Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained, we now know exactly what Honda has done in an effort to reduce the throttle’s influence on steering angle. In comparison to most FWD cars, Honda’s non-R Civic included, the new CTR has pushed the steering geometry further out into the wheel, reducing something called “Scrub Radius.” Put another way, where most steering systems will rotate the tire on an arc, the Type R has been engineered to pivot the tire around a center point.

We’re now smarter and more well informed for having watched this video. Besides, Fenske executes one of the most cogent and easy to understand demonstrations of this car’s lack of torque steer, BURNOUTS!

Jalopnik contributor with a love for everything sketchy and eclectic.

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Tom-Cruiser

Maybe he can explain why the Type R needs that rear wing even though its a front wear drive car.