Limited Slip Differential (LSD)

What is a limited-slip differential and what is it good for?

A limited slip differential (LSD) is a device on a car that limits the amount that a wheel spins, for example, when a car loses grip on the road. In this situation, the LSD redistributes the engine power to other wheels that have more grip, either through a mechanical system, an electronic system, or a combination of both.

LSDs tend to be found on sports cars and SUVs.

Related Jargon

What is an SUV?

Sport utility vehicle - or SUV - a type of car fitted with four-wheel drive, which was built for use off-road.

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