QUOTE (Stradale @ 27 Aug 2004, 03:49)QUOTE (darainbow @ 27 Aug 2004, 12:10) I cant think of any other FWD cars masquerading as performance cars in the USA.
When people use terms like "impossible" it is always surprising.they are so confidant of there own knowledge that they cannot see there could possibly be a different perspective,or that technology may have overcome some of the premises that their biased knowledge is based on.
"torque Steer" as mentioned by roadkill is one issue that has been improved incredibly,even since the Golf GT's came out.
I re-iterate my initial comment. From being an "old dog" who believed only RWD cars could be called "performance". I actually put my money where my mouth is and bought a 156. It was a revelation.
Meanwhile, I am going to take my poor ignorant soul, climb into my "masquerading" people mover, and go and wipe the smile off a few more smug,ignorant V8 owners.
(note to self. don't try and accelerate with the steering wheel turned,its "impossible")
I race my 1:1 car almost every weekend. Yes it is RWD. The last car I owned and raced was FWD, so I have first hand experience with both.
Read about the traction circle. The fundamental problem with FWD is one of physics. The front tires are responsible for cornering AND acceleration. When a FWD car is cornering at the limits, it cant accelerate. If you try to accelerate it plows and still doesnt generate forward momentum. Period. No if ands or buts.
Cornering with a FWD car is painful because you cant get on the gas and power through the apex, you have to wait until you are through the turn to accelerate. By that time you have lost ALOT of ground to a RWD car.
Add to that a slew of other problems including inherent problems with suspension design to accomodate a FWD drivetrain, additional forward weight bias, and the aforementioned torque steer and you will KNOW that FWD is the slowest way around a course.
Unless you have raced I dont expect you to have first hand experience with this. If you dont believe me, then do some reading.
I dont have any experience with rally/tarmac racing so there may be some advanteges to FWD on loose surfaces.
Not saying they cant make a "sporty" FWD car, but there are fundamental problems with FWD.