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15:15 Nov 9, 2003
German to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Automotive / Cars & Trucks / Automotive
German term or phrase:frontlastig
The text is talking about weak points of a car:
Sehr frontlastig, daher wohl der vergleichsweise lange Bremsweg von über 41 Metern, Stabilitätsprogramm ESP nicht lieferbar.
Hermann Local time: 22:26 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English, German PRO pts in category: 76
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Explanation: Loaded in this sense is somewhat ambivalent. It can refer to the placement of things onto a loaded vehicle, or it can refer to the arrangement of parts that go into the vehicle's assembly. In either case the majority of the weight is toward the front of the vehicle.
Why a front-loaded vehicle is more difficult to slow I am uncertain. Perhaps the forward momentum of the vehicle is transferred to the front where steering takes place.This would make the direction of the vehicle more difficult to control and impede the ability of the driver to bring the vehicle to a safe stop.
Although "front-heavy" is probably not wrong, I think you will find "front-loaded" to be the more common term.