Which is better in terms of acceleration, A front wheel drive car or a back wheel drive car?


Asked by Jan 18, 2011 at 10:41 PM

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The laws of physics dictate that all other factors being equal, the amount of force required to place a body in motion does not depend upon where that force is applied (front or rear), but rather how much money is in your pocket and, in the case of Chevrolet products, the gearing of the tow truck.


Physics dictate an FR/MR/RR will be quicker off the line because of weight distribution under hard acceleration (squat). An FF/MR/RR will have better acceleration generally because transmission loss. Is reduced.

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Both have pros and cons for performance, but rear wheel drive typically has the acceleration advantage because of better weight distribution during acceleration. A RWD car accelerating from launch will push most of the weight to the rear, increasing traction. That doesn't mean all RWD cars are faster than FWD. There is much more involved in the equation than that.

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