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Unread 10-15-2009, 12:35 AM   #1
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Default i would like to know why my friend ALWAYS says this...

ok so recently he purchased a 300zx and has pretty much become the biggest prick ever, and every time i mention me getting say a honda civic, integra, eclipse, or anything that isn't RWD he goes on a rant on how horrible FWD is but doesn't really tell me why. His reason is usually along the lines of "they are poser cars and slow as balls."


now what is the REAL difference between FWD and AWD that makes such a HUGE difference in the tuning world, i mean, with money on both ends you can produce a car that's faster on either side ya know? so please, list some pro's and con's so i can actually put him in his place.

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Front wheel drive sports cars have major problems with torque steer.

FWD has some major drawbacks. You're putting all the stress of acceleration, steering, and most of the braking on the front wheels. The back end up just sitting there. In a Rear wheel drive, the acceleration is taken care of by the back of the car, which is where you want it. Then you have the front to control steering and braking.
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think of it this way. if your trying to steer the car, but the wheels that steer the car aren't gripping because they are either Accelerating or braking, then you will just go straight. That's called understeer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Understeer). in a rear wheel drive the rear wheels can kick out making you steer more than you wanted to, which is called oversteer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oversteer). Both are bad, but oversteer is something that can be easily compensated for at least keeping you on the road/track.

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so like, whats the actual BIG deal then besides launching and pulling left or right? i mean. yea im sure both have advantages, but, shouldn't a self proclaimed car enthusist be more open minded or is it only those who own z's =p

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in general when it comes to racing, front wheel drive is a bad idea. For day to day driving it's fine though. It's not about being open minded, it's just which one works best. Really AWD when done properly should be the "best" for both racing and day to day driving (like rain and snow).

Should he be a prick about it? no, but that doesn't mean that RWD and AWD aren't better for racing.

no offence if this isn't the case but you sound like your in high school am i right? Do you guys even go to the track? If not then FWD is fine, because you shouldn't be racing on the street anyways.

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so like, whats the actual BIG deal then besides launching and pulling left or right? i mean. yea im sure both have advantages, but, shouldn't a self proclaimed car enthusist be more open minded or is it only those who own z's =p
We cannot make up imaginary reasons to defend yourself to that guy. The cold hard trurth is that most FWD cars are inferior in some ways to RWD. At least when concerning high performance applications. It takes alot more $ to make a FWD car faster then most RWD. Not to say that FWD cant be fast, because lord knows there is. Its just that it takes more to make FWD cars better.

However in the same regard RWD is inferior to FWD is ways as well. Particularly when cornering and traction is adverse weather conditions.
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i see so RWD is more for well, the power enthusiast, and FWD is more suited for tracks (circuits, etc).

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no we aren't in high school, we are just starting in this world, and he wants to build a 300zxTT and wants me to build one too, but i don't see myself racing anyways. sure i would like to go to a track and have fun and learn and such, but yea. i like both FWD and RWD i mean heck, we live in FL don't really have weather conditions persay, but still. im was just curious as to why he would rant and decided to get others opinions.

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