Toyota MR2 Shows Us What Snap Oversteer Looks Like

Cars with both their engines and driven wheels in the back are famously prone to snap oversteer. Especially, as you can see from this video, the Toyota MR2.

The affordable yet beloved mid-engined sports car known as “Mr. Two” was made in three iterations between 1984 and 2007. It’s hard to tell from the footage, but it appears to have been captured (entirely from within the cockpit at night) in a second-generation model.

Regardless, each version packed a four-cylinder engine in the middle of a ridiculously short wheelbase that made its tail especially susceptible to sliding around without notice – a phenomenon known as Snap Oversteer, which was only exacerbated in this instance by the wet road conditions.

Fortunately, despite ostensibly applying too much throttle on the corner’s exit, the driver (in the Philippine capital region of Manilla) was able to save the car from pirouetting straight into the wall (or other traffic). So instead of a cringe-inducing, car-totaling disaster, we’re left with a learning experience.


  • Kaisuke971

    The guy just got roasted in the comments. He deserves it thought, what was he thinking when he hammered it in that turn, in the rain…


    • Bo Hanan

      He saved his car and his ass- I’d call that a win.

      • Bash

        you are right, I think he just did!

      • Bash

        btw, is the engine automatically cutoff as a safety measure? is this a design thing? I didn’t see it before?

        • smartacus

          i had that happen to me in the silver M3.
          But the engine kept running.

        • gshemant

          I think he stalled it.

    • Bash

      I agree with you and I give you an up vote for that, but its not necessary to have everything figured out or understood.. sometimes you just have to leave things as they are… like for example, that guy who always post in CAPs in carscoops, many don’t understand why!, but after a while, you just will have to learn how to ignore some things and just do your thing and move on. 🙂

  • pcurve

    Hrm…. almost looks like he down-shifted mid-corner without rev matching. (on a wet pavement in mid engine car, above 3k rpm)

    why would you do that…

  • Thomas Maynard

    Where he messed up was letting off the gas like that. You have to smoothly decrease throttle until the tail straightens back up. It’s lift off oversteer (which is a form of snap oversteer I guess), I learned the hard way that just about any car is prone to that while driving my old wrx. I lifted throttle suddenly mid corner and spun the car into a curb.

  • Skip

    Mr2s love to help you wipe out…

  • SteersUright

    This is the same type of foolish shit that when it goes really wrong, risks leaving innocent people hurt. Save the hooning for track days or empty parking lots.

  • pureworx

    i wanna say he attempted to drift and royally f’d up.

  • Major Lee Gassole

    Holy pucker factor, Batman!

  • Andrew Ngo

    I thought it was a cool lady driver…..

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