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Probably one of the main reasons most present day cars are front wheel driven is for security: the engine shields the pilot in case of front collision.
Quote from: lightarrow on 21/12/2007 12:08:57Probably one of the main reasons most present day cars are front wheel driven is for security: the engine shields the pilot in case of front collision.On the contrary, I would have thought. What shield the driver these days is the crumple zone, and the engine will merely add a problem if it actually intrudes into the cabin area. The best this to have in front of the driver is lots of air into which the crumple zone can fold.In any event, are you really talking about front wheel drive there, or simply front mounted engines?
The second, because usually it means that it's also front wheel drive.
I don't own a car any more but you are making me miss my old Hillman Imp, rear engine/drive and economical.The only other current rear engined car I can think of is A VW Beetle.
The Beetle (the rear engined, rear wheel drive version) is no longer current, although it continued to be manufactured in Mexico until 2003 (the new Beetle is front engined, front wheel drive).