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Re: Mod ability issues with cars FWD AWD RWD (Chris V)

Amen. RWD for a perfromance car, and FWD or AWD for a winter car (10 year old Range Rover are pretty cheap now!).
If you have problems with wheelspin on a RWD car its just because the car has poor weight distribution. Start out with a car that has good distribution and it isn't a problem. (50/50 is good - great handling too!)
 

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Re: Mod ability issues with cars FWD AWD RWD (RocketVR6)

Have you actually driven a RWD car in the winter? It isn't that hard to do. It just has power oversteer - easily corrected and controlled. If you keep on the throttle like a lunkhead and don't correct the rear end will come around.
However, if you pull the same boneheaded tricks in a FWD car you'll have power understeer - and the car will determinedly plow straight ahead (or whichever way the road tilts) despite steering changes. They both have issues - RWD just needs a little more driver skill (built up in snowy parking lots!
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Of course, your average run of the mill FWD has a heavy front weight distribution, so it tends to have a little bit better traction in the snow just due to this factor. And most cheap FWD cars have cheap narrow tires which do well in snow.
And some (but certainly not all) RWD also have a front weight bias (like a Camaro or Mustang). Combine this with the wide tires such cars have and the car won't do well at all.
Now a properly balanced RWD car (I've owned several old RWD Volvos, a BMW 318, a Miata) with narrower winter tires (nothing too special - just similar in width to econobox tire size) will do every bit as well as a FWD car - and better than many. I always made it up the hill to my house in the winter in my BMW 318 (an '83 model - certainly no traction control) while my roomate often had to walk up when his Accord couldn't make it.
 
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