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Posted by Eeyore on March 26, 2009, 10:15 pm

Alistair Gunn wrote:

You know I didn't know March did one, albeit with the extra wheels at the other

The FIA do strange things. They almost seem to be turning the clock back at the
moment ( to keep costs down it seems ).


Posted by Alistair Gunn on March 27, 2009, 8:58 am
Eeyore twisted the electrons to say:

I only remembered because I used to have the Scalextric version!  :-)
These opinions might not even be mine ...
Let alone connected with my employer ...

Posted by Lord Gow333, Dirk Benedict's n on March 25, 2009, 1:42 am

As a farmboy who grew up driving both styles of tractors I just wanted to
add that there were occasions when a tricycle tractor took a corner where a
wide front tractor would have dropped a wheel in a hole or a ditch and
rolled. True, the wide fronts are generally more stable, but there's no
spring to the front "suspension" so the tractor just pivots at a higher
point off the ground. Then it all depends on whether it has the momentum to
go over when the frame bottoms out on the axle.
Already stated, it basically comes down to knowing your machine.

LG (survived a few close ones)
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. - Henry Ford

Posted by daestrom on March 21, 2009, 3:02 pm

For a given width between the two wheels, the center of gravity of a
three-wheel vehicle is inherently closer to the tipping point than a four
wheel vehicle.  It has to be, it's simple geometry.

For a given CG height above the road a four-wheel vehicle is less likely to
tip up on two wheels.  I suspect the 'phenomenal handling' you speak of is
solely due to moving the CG forward towards the two-wheel/steering axle, not
because there is a one-wheel rear-end instead of two.


Posted by daestrom on March 19, 2009, 11:40 pm

For now.  Oil closed a bit higher today around $1/barrel.  Not
sky-rocketing like it did last summer, but I think the days of <$0/barrel
are over.

Some will invest in alternates now, some will wait until gas is up to
$/gallon again.  YMMV


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