body roll


Definition of body roll

: the side-to-side leaning movement of a turning vehicle Body roll occurs as a vehicle pitches from side to side in the manner of a yacht on a troubled sea. It can be unnerving. And if the swaying motion is violent enough, it can contribute to loss of vehicle control.— Warren Brown

Examples of body roll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The handling is excellent too, with surprisingly little body roll round corners. James Morris, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 Gentle lane changes are completed with the usual magic-carpet ride with which Rolls owners are familiar, while more assertive inputs see the suspension firm up, making good use of the Black Badge’s larger air springs to better combat body roll. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Available adaptive shocks reduce body roll and improve stability in enthusiastic driving. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 7 Oct. 2021 With multilink suspension at all four corners and a ride height 0.7 inch lower than in a Cayenne Turbo Coupe, the Turbo GT manages body roll extremely well, aided by the active anti-roll bars of Porsche's Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) system. Nelson Ireson, Car and Driver, 26 July 2021 Subaru claims to have reduced body roll in the new WRX by mounting the stabilizer bar directly to the body instead of the subframe, and switching to a dual-pinion electric power steering rack should improve steering feel. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 10 Sep. 2021 There wasn’t much body roll in turns, and very little dive or squat in hard breaking and acceleration. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 18 June 2021 Hard driving on the handling loop revealed a lot of body roll and a few structural quivers, and the Hyundai's brake pedal exhibited some sponginess. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 22 Sep. 2021 The upside of the 911’s sporty suspension and lower ride height is that steering inputs are precise and body roll is minimal. Michael Harley, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of body roll

1923, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jan 2022

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“Body roll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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