There’s a lot I don’t understand about car culture, motorsports, and racing. Help me out.
Fenders are meant to stick out farther than the tires. There are two reasons for this.
- Prevents tires from hitting other tires. If two cars are traveling at high speeds and their tires touch, one vehicle or the other can get launched.
- Protects vehicles, people, animals, and property from stones.
In California, and probably a lot of other states, it’s actually illegal for tires to stick out beyond the body. But given how many people violate this, it’s clearly not a priority with the authorities.
Apparently, exposed tires look cool. So cool that people are willing to spend money and give up performance in order to do it. Let’s see some examples.
Car enthusiasts call it poke when the tires are exposed. A wider track width has an advantage: less weight transfer when cornering. The downside is more wear on bearings, a change in suspension geometry, and a greater tendency to oversteer. Oh, and the dangers expressed above, of course.
Excessive negative camber is called stance. Some negative camber improves grip and tire wear when cornering, but there’s a trade-off: both braking and accelerating are best with no camber. There’s really no situation where the stance of the car below is optimal. Doing that to your car has no practical application. It’s the vehicular analog of sagging. It may look cool to have your pants below your ass (to some people) but it’s a hindrance if you’re trying to outrun anything.