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Limited Slip Differential Operation.
Limited slip differential operates identically to a standard differential during straight forward or reverse
operation. Limited slip differential provides 50 percent torque to each wheel.
When one wheel begins to turn faster than another wheel, clutch pack on faster turning wheel is slipping.
This means that only 28 percent input torque is available at that wheel. 72 percent input torque is available
to slower turning wheel. For example, inside tire during a turn provides 72 percent of traction.
Advantage of a limited slip differential over a standard differential is shown by difference in torque. A
standard differential could only transfer an equal amount of torque from slipping side to opposite side.
Limited slip differential can transfer 2.6 times amount of torque to slipping side. Overall advantage of a
limited slip differential would be a 45 percent increase in traction to slipping side.