Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Vankleek Hill, Ontario (Canada)
It's funny how this argument goes around and around. The fact is that given the dynamics of each, RWD offers inherently better handling possibilities than FWD. Having said that, it is easy to see that FWD cars have been winning races for many, many years (the Mini Cooper, Lancia Fulvia, Honda Civic, Acura Integra and VW GTI are but a few examples of very fast and race winning FWD cars).
It is also clear that not all RWD cars have good handling (can a RWD '57 Chevy, a '75 Caddilac DeVille, or a 91 Crown Victoria handle?).
So, while it is true that RWD is easier to use in corner transition and provides the possibility for better handling, the small packaging of FWD means that a lighter weight car can be built, and it can handle also.
The Lancia that started this thread is an awesome car, which performed very well in it's time. Don't knock it until you try it!
An owner of only RWD Alfas!
Rev high! Alex 'Sandor' Csank
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