Originally Posted by Twister97
I thought FWD vehicles get better traction then RWD? Pulling seems more feasible to gain traction then pushing
Front wheel drive isn't going to give better traction than rear wheel drive.
I'm sure there are a lot more things to be factored in, but for beginners, ... when you romp on the gas pedal, the car'* weight gets shifted to the rear end... This should give more traction to the rear. On front wheel drive cars, I'm going to assume it takes traction away from the front wheels.
Also, it'* been speculated that many car companies are realizing that front wheel drive setups can't handle the power of todays cars, and therefore are going to making more and more rear wheel drive cars. This was something I saw on tv this past week. It was a Show or special called Automotive Vision, or something to that effect. This was based on concept cars and cars being designed for the future..
In areas like mine, it was speculated that since front wheel drive car give the power to the wheels that steer, we would get better traction in the winter... That was a 30 year let down...lol..
I feel the only advantage to front wheel drive is you get a lower % of power loss through the automatic tranny, than you would with a RWD car.
I forget the exact numbers, but I think RWD vehicles lose about 20-25% of the engines power, and FWD loses something like 17%...maybe less.. These are estimations, since I don't recall the exact numbers.
I also think most FWD cars have a weight balance problem.. The rear end is too light, and the fronts are overloaded with most of the car'* weight.
My caprice 9C1 is very close to a 50/50 weight distribution from front to back.
Lets face it, .. Front wheel drive was a mistake, and the manufacturers are finally realizing that.