What is Torque Steer, and How Do You Stop It?
In the “old days,” cars were rear-wheel drive (RWD), which meant that the engine sent its power and torque to the two back wheels through the transmission and driveshaft. However, that started to change in the late 1970s as automakers developed front-wheel-drive (FWD) powertrain configurations. As the name suggests, the two front wheels power the vehicle instead of the rear, which yields better traction and fuel economy.
Despite its benefits, FWD does come with a few drawbacks. One major challenge that can occur with the setup is called torque steer. Since the wheels that propel the vehicle are the same wheels that steer the car, there can be some unintended movement under heavy acceleration.