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Differential
A differential is a gearing mechanism that permits the drive wheels (powered wheels) to spin at different rates while turning. Since wheels on the outside diameter of the turn must travel a greater distance than those on the inside, the differential eliminates slippage on the turn.


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See also: Ackerman Angle Added by: Robby
Differential Throw
Ailerons that are set up to deflect more in the upward direction than downward in order to counteract adverse yaw.


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See also: Aileron | Adverse Yaw Added by: Lightfoot
one way differential
A special kind of differential thats in most 4wd on-road cars in the front. It works like a limited slip differential and allows the front wheels to be engaged at the same time as the rear wheels. As soon as the brakes are applied it disengages and the front wheels spin freely.


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Torsen Differential
Torsen is short for "torque sensing" and is purely a mechanical device. A TORSEN has worm gears which rotate in one direction. If you try to input a torque on the output gear it will lock up. That is the "trick" in the Torsen.


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