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The difference 2km/h makes

There’s not much difference between on the limit and over it, as Swedish motoring publication Teknikens Värld demonstrated with this 2015 Nissan Pulsar.

SWEDISH MOTORING publication Teknikens Värld has been moose-testing again, this time in a Nissan Pulsar 2015. The Pulsar makes it at 77km/h and 79, but fails at 81. That little bit of extra speed was the difference between successfully negotiating the obstacle and failing.  However, 79 is more than enough to pass as the target speed is 70, and as speed increases every car will end up failing.

This clip is no bad reflection on the Pulsar.  The test was part of a comparison with the Focus and Toledo, and the Pulsar performed best of all.  Maintaining nearly 80 through that course is a test of any vehicle.  The reason we’re showing the clip is to highlight how a tiny difference in speed has a big effect on handling.

Something to bear in mind, even if you’re not pretending to avoid large bovines standing in the middle of Nordic roads.

That inside rear-wheel lift as in the title picture is quite normal for front-wheel drive cars being driven hard, and it is by design to help combat understeer.


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Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper