I'm slightly obsessed with vehicle dynamics at the moment.

The other day I learned that the latest Porsche 911 GT3 has magneto-rheological engine mounts. They're a simple enough idea, but one that's probably a right royal pain in the backside to tune properly. The theory is that they're slack when one wants to dampen noise and vibration (say during stop/start or unhurried gearchanges), yet they're stiffened at the right times so the engine's mass doesn't affect body movements (during hard cornering, acceleration or braking, for example).

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I've been thinking a bit more about this recently, after a conversation with Matt Becker, Lotus's engineer in charge of the way the Evora drives.

We'd chatted over a pint about a particular car that's happy to be oversteered, but looks and feels a bit clumsy on the way out of a slide. Becker's theory was that the engine was moving in a direction that unsettled the car just at the wrong time.