Bundorf analysis

A Bundorf analysis is a way of describing the characteristics of a vehicle that govern its understeer balance. The understeer is measured in units of degrees of additional yaw per g of lateral acceleration.

An imaginary example

Hence the total understeer is 11.0-6.9 deg/g, or 4.1 deg/g.

Negative values are oversteering, positive values are understeering, for that axle. If the understeer contribution of the rear axle is greater than that of the front axle you get negative understeer, which is known as oversteer.

Explanation of terms

Load transfer effect and cornering stiffness of tire - As load transfers across the vehicle the tire's ability to provide cornering force for a given slip angle changes. The latter is known as the cornering stiffness of the tire. See also Tire load sensitivity

Aligning torque. The tire does not just generate a lateral force, it generates a torque as well. This tends to rotate the vehicle as a whole.

Roll camber - as the vehicle rolls the kinematics of the suspension provide a change in the camber of the tire. This generates a force known as camber thrust.

Roll steer - as the vehicle rolls the kinematics of the suspension provide a change in the steer angle of the tire. This generates a cornering force in the normal way.

Fy compliance steer - the lateral force at the contact patch causes the wheel to rotate about the steer axis, generating a steer angle.

SAT compliance steer - the aligning torque directly twists the wheel on the compliances in the suspension, generating a steer angle.

Understeer - in this case, the tendency for an axle or vehicle to turn outwards from a corner.


Bundorf, R.T. and Leffert, R.L. (1976) 'Cornering compliance concept for description of vehicle. directional control properties', SAE paper 760713

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