Steering Offset

The distance from the point where the steering axis intersects the ground to the longitudinal line that runs through the centre of the tyre's contact patch.

Sometimes called scrub radius.

Zero-Offset Steering
A steering system whose geometry has a scrub radius of zero. This configuration minimizes the steering effects produced during acceleration (with front drive) or braking on varying traction surfaces.

See also: Steering.

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