demands of the optimal design process. These models typically use less than a dozendegrees of freedom to model the vehicle. They do a good job of predicting the generalmotion of the vehicle and they are useful as design tools but they lack the accuracyrequired for optimal design.A model that bridges the gap between these two existing classes of models and issuitable for performing optimal design was developed. The model possesses twenty-eightdegrees of freedom and consists of eight bodies which represent the sprung mass, the rearsuspension, the left front spindle, the right front spindle, and the four wheels. A drivercontrol algorithm was developed which is capable of driving the car near its handlinglimits. The NCSU Legends race car was modeled and an attempt was made to optimizethe vehicle setup for the Kenley, NC race track.