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

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Recent Examples on the Web But in a simulated slalom, the Mach-E more than held its own against the Model Y, with comparable speeds and only slightly more body roll, another thing that will be addressed in the GT version. Eric Adams, Wired, "The Mustang Mach-E Delivers a Jolt—If You Can Find a Charge," 15 Dec. 2020 Audi engineers left in a bit of body roll, giving the driver a good sense of reaching the limits of adhesion, while the steering is pleasantly light. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2022 Audi RS e-tron GT Charges after the Taycan," 6 Nov. 2020 Damping and body control are excellent, with body roll checked by a 24-mm anti-roll bar in front and a 22.5-mm bar out back. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, "2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electrifies VW's SUV Lineup," 4 Oct. 2020 The low center of gravity also minimizes body roll through the corners, although the upright driving position reminds you that even though the XC40 Recharge is quick, it wasn't designed with lap times in mind. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The electric Volvo XC40 Recharge: First-drive impressions," 6 Nov. 2020 The Sensory trim comes with a semi-aniline leather interior as well as Infiniti's Hydraulic Body Motion Control, a system which uses the hydraulic suspension to limit body roll. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2021 Infiniti QX80 Starts $2300 Higher Than Last Year, Adds Safety Tech," 3 Sep. 2020 And the chassis manages to be too hard and too soft, crashing over some apparently minor imperfections but delivering lurid body roll under even modest cornering loads. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation: Fake Guns, But a Real DB5," 11 Sep. 2020 On paved roads, this helps the vehicle take turns without undue body roll. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Inside My Custom Toyota Land Cruiser Build," 15 Oct. 2020 There's too much body roll, and the seats have too little lateral bolstering to throw it around a corner like a GTI. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "45 minutes on the road in a prototype Volkswagen ID.4 electric car," 5 Oct. 2020

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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28 Dec 2020

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“Body roll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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