Why is wheelbase important?

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Wheelbase Importance:

The main significance of wheel-base lies within the proven fact that it gives a sign of the dynamic characteristics of the vehicle i.e. ride and handling. Together with the wheelbase, ground clearance also affects the handling of the vehicle. Vehicles with an extended wheel-base are believed to possess better ride comfort than vehicles with shorter wheel-base. This can be mainly because such vehicles have a reduced tendency to pitch & roll compared to other vehicles.

Also, a protracted wheel-base allows the vehicle manufacturers to allocate a bigger area for the passenger compartment making the cabin even more spacious. On the opposite hand, shorter wheel-base vehicles are better at maneuvering turns at high speed. So, the wheel-base helps in riding comfort for the passengers on the long journies. The manufacturers opt to design the vehicles with longer wheel-base to maximize the comfort for the passengers.

Luxury cars like limousines have a maximum wheel-base than other styles of cars. Some manufacturers specially manufacture high-end cars with longer wheel-base to cater to some niche clients. Most luxury segment cars like Mercedes Benz and BMW offer some specific car models with an extended wheelbase as an option.

 

Advantages of Wheelbase:

  1. More spacious cabin.
  2. Less vehicle body roll.
  3. High level of stability.
  4. More well-off ride.

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