un·​der·​steer ˈən-dər-ˌstir How to pronounce understeer (audio)
: the tendency of an automobile to turn less sharply than the driver intends
understeer intransitive verb

Examples of understeer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The suspension upgrades have helped reduce understeer by 12 percent while improving ride and body control. Angus MacKenzie, Robb Report, 12 May 2024 For example, immediate e-power kicks in on the front to pull you out of a turn, banishing any potential understeer. Jeremy White, WIRED, 19 Dec. 2023 But at first, the 4x4 drivetrain suffered from horrid understeer in tight corners. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2023 While the base Stingray has an unfortunate tendency towards understeer at the slightest provocation, the E-Ray’s front end is much more manageable. Tim Stevens, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2023 On Lotus's Hethel test track, the combination was brilliant, delivering huge grip and minimal understeer. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 7 Aug. 2023 In addition to its low drag coefficient, the new body has little aerodynamic lift, with slightly more in front than in back to promote high-speed understeer. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 28 July 2023 Power into a turn and the Turbo understeers resolutely, its tail remaining safely planted no matter the throttle setting or g-load. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, 17 July 2023 While much of the credit goes to the new Continental tire, engineers also updated the cars’ center differential to reduce understeer at the dynamic limit, which also allows the back end to step out just enough to keep things lively. Bradley Iger, Robb Report, 6 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of understeer was in 1936

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“Understeer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understeer. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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