over·​steer | \ ˈō-vər-ˌstir How to pronounce oversteer (audio) \

Definition of oversteer

: the tendency of an automobile to steer into a sharper turn than the driver intends sometimes with a thrusting of the rear to the outside also : the action or an instance of oversteer

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Lift-throttle oversteer was much on everyone's minds. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "20 Things You Didn't Know About The 2020 Corvette," 19 July 2019 The result was that the car tended to oversteer (tail-wag) if the correct tire pressures of 15 psi front and 26 psi rear weren’t observed, but the oversteering situation was considered minimal and not dangerous. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: ’62 Corvair convertible hadn’t moved in 13 years," 24 June 2019 Students will learn emergency braking and skid control, how to control unintended oversteer and understeer and how to avoid accidents. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Advanced driving skills taught to teens," 25 Apr. 2018 The system is tuned to favor sending engine torque to the rear axle, meaning throttle-on oversteer is still always available at the aggressive flex of a right ankle. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "2018 Jaguar F-type 400 Sport AWD Coupe," 10 Feb. 2018 The all-wheel-drive, turbocharged Ford Focus RS hot hatch has a Drift mode, in which more power is sent to the rear axle than typical and apportioned between the left and right rear wheels to enable silly, smoky oversteer. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Ford’s New Drift Stick for Focus RS Steps Up Its E-Brake Game," 31 Oct. 2017 The rear-drive dynamic allows for oversteer with a blip of the throttle. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "Video Review: McLaren 570GT Is a Rare Blend of Speed and Comfort," 3 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of oversteer

1936, in the meaning defined above

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