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Old 03-09-2001, 09:08 AM
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Kuan Kuan is offline
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Starting off in 2nd gear decreases the amount of torque applied to the wheels. This helps on low traction surfaces such as ice and snow. Traction is a funky combination of the friction coefficient, vehicle weight, and size of tire imprint. If you have more torque than traction the tires will break free. This is considered undesirable because it can cause optimum vehicle dynamics to be compromised.

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