Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001 15:54:39 GMT
From: dizz <>
Subject: Re: Toyauto vs Slaab : bottom line

On 13 Oct 2001 04:47:08 -0700, (Johannes H Andersen) wrote: >However, FWD with front >engine gives better traction, and this partly explains the amazing >straight line performance of top end Saabs compared to some RWD cars >with more HPs. Umm... This is WRONG. The weight being over the drive wheels helps in very sloppery conditions, yes. However, when traction is good, rear-drive cars have BETTER traction, as acceleration results in a transfer of weight to the back of the car. Anyone who has attempted drag-race-type launches with even a moderately powerful, manual-tranny front-driver knows how difficult it is to get the power to the ground without the front wheels unloading and losing traction. This is of course less critical once under-way, but the FACT is that a rear-drive car has BETTER traction. There's REASONS why EVERY SINGLE purpose-built race-car is rear drive or AWD, you know...

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