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Old 09-07-2006, 09:44 AM   #1
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Fwd?

What are FWD cars good for?


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Old 09-07-2006, 10:05 AM   #3
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Maximizing interior cabin space and minimizing production costs, while providing a tame driving characteristic for the below-average commuter.
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They are also generally better in the snowbelt than RWD. -More weight over the drive wheels.
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Predictible handling; when you suddenly lift or brake near the traction limit in a FWD setup the car's a little less likely to go right friggin' sideways on you than in RWD.

Also, the sideaffect of having a frontward weight bias is a tendancy towards sharper handling transitions, which is part of the reason why performance FWD cars have proportionally very good magazine slalom speeds, per my sig quote.

Its also less suicidal if you drive in snow, tho I'm told if you know what you're doing, RWD is perfectly safe, which I believe.

I'm told its cheaper to manufacture FWD cars too.
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as far as bang for your buck, FWD cars are the cheapest cars with the best handling, however, RWD and AWD cars will out handles us any day. However, its easy to learn car control in a FWD vs a RWD because RWD's will lose control in a corner alot eaiser
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FWD is good cuz its cheap, offers safe handling, easier packaging,
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FWD cars are the cheapest cars with the best handling, however, RWD and AWD cars will out handles us any day.
Best handling, but RWD + AWD outhandle?

IMHO, i feel that the best would be a rear-wheel drive car as far as handling goes. With a FWD car, you are both trying to steer and move the car with the same wheels, resulting in a variety of factors, such as uneven tire wear between rear and front tires, less traction as the front wheels are trying to do so much at any given time.

I've found that my old RWD Volvo handled ALOT better than a relatvies FWD corolla with all brand new snow tires on it, and i had all seasons that were wore down but i had 2 bags of sand in the trunk weighing me down a tad.

It may just be me, but i find RWD cars are alot funner, and handle alot better.
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for the price? our cars are MUCH easier to drive. in a corner at high speeds an AWD or RWD will take us, but on the every day stuff its harder to lose control of a FWD vs a RWD. not to mention that FWD cars are always cheaper than their AWD counterparts and RWD cars

you wanna throw something like a 91 camaro and try and see it out handle us? fat chance. but an M3 is gonna eat any of us alive. I'm jut saying that the cheaper and better handling cars are FWD.

also, funner is NOT a word
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RWD outhandles FWD because you have the option of steering with the rear using the trothle - besically moving close to oversteering without losing grip.

Also a many RWD cars have longitudinally mounted engines, that allow more space for front wheels to turn, reducing the turning radius - again improving handling.

FWD cars naturally understeer, and the best a great FWD chasis can do is mask this natural tendency - (e.g Focus, C1 etc) - You can also steer the rear of a FWD car, but with lifting off the trhottle - AKA - liftoff oversteer - see the Topgear review of Focus ST for illustration.

The biggest problem with FWD is torque steer - there are simply design limitations as to how much torque can be chanelled through front wheels only from a standstill - hence Mazdaspeed3 has an electronic nanny that limits the torque in the first 2 gears.

the biggest 3 issues with rwd are:
PACKAGING - they take up a lot of space in the cabin. Right now there is a single RWD compact made - BMW 1series, which is somewhat of a lop because of lack if interior space.

WIGHT - weight more than FWD reducing Fuel Economy - so in FE minded market that does nto care abough handling, RWD would always seem inferior.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVER SKILLS - understeer is easy to handle - let off the throttle and you will correct yourself - oversteer is much more demanding on dirvers skills - the very reason why RWD is such a great handling setup is the reason why drivers with insufficient skills avoid it.

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