un·​sprung | \ ˌən-ˈsprəŋ How to pronounce unsprung (audio) \

Definition of unsprung

: not sprung especially : not equipped with springs

Examples of unsprung in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those wheels’ extra unsprung weight can also overwork your factory springs and shocks. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "Your Guide To Upgrading Wheels and Tires," 28 June 2020 Lexus says the body of the 2021 IS is more rigid, which is said to improve steering response, and other tweaks include a reduction in unsprung weight and several suspension tuning changes. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2021 Lexus IS Gets Sporty Redesign, Handling Upgrades," 15 June 2020 First, Honda started by swapping wheels: the Civic Type R Limited will forgo its heavier, standard 20-inch wheels for lighter forged aluminum BBS wheels of the same size, reducing unsprung mass by 18 pounds. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "For 2021, Honda Civic Type R Adds a Race-Focused Limited Edition," 20 Feb. 2020 Designers of electric sports cars, in particular, want motors to be smaller and lighter in order to reduce unsprung wheel weight that bogs down handling and agility. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Speaking of Spokes: The Design That Could Change How Electric Car Motors Are Made," 20 Nov. 2018 Weight has been taken out of the suspension with the use of aluminum, particularly in unsprung components. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "BMW’s all-new 3 Series goes on sale 2019, starting at $40,200," 2 Oct. 2018 Each wheel and tire still weighed 125 pounds, though, giving us well in excess of a quarter-ton of unsprung weight. Car and Driver, "The Battle of the Off-Road Beaters: Ford F-150 Custom vs. Geo Tracker, Jeep Cherokee, Land Rover Discovery," 30 Nov. 2016 Available separately for $13,000 are ultra-light magnesium wheels to minimize unsprung mass in this track specialist. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: It Looks Bad-Ass Because It Is," 21 Feb. 2018 Aluminum alloys have replaced steel as the material of choice, making wheels lighter and reducing a vehicle’s unsprung weight — the mass of its suspension components. Stephen Williams, New York Times, "Wheels Drive Auto Industry Forward, in Showrooms and Aftermarket Shops," 2 Nov. 2017

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1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsprung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsprung. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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