Front Wheel Drive Drag Cars

by HoTWire 31. October 2008 04:00

For some people the very idea of Front Wheel Drive cars is anathema to all that is great about cars, to others they are the perfect solution for size and handling.  We love cars regardless of their driven wheels, what we love even more is people that take what on the surface is a 'wrong idea', and push it as far as possible.

One of those areas where people are going all out is FWD drag cars.  Traditionally the domain of rear wheel drive cars the world of front wheel drive drag racing is coming along in great leaps, huge front wheels taking advantage of the fact they don't need a good turning circle to go drag racing, Wheelie bars being retooled to hold the front to the floor during weight transfers and all manner of four pot engines being tuned till they scream.  The rules for Pro FWD where the most development seems to be are set to 4 cylinder with a maximum capacity of 2.8 litres and one turbo, this has created some wild car and engine builds.


In the same way that RWD drag technology gradually bled down, influenced and informed road going tuned cars, the same is true for FWD drag racing.  It doesn't have the glamour of wheelie popping rear wheel drive cars, but it is taking something to the extreme, and that is to be admired.  Check out the awesome looking turbos and pipe work in the photos of Brent Leivestads Pro FWD Civic which we found on the Car Domain blog.

What all drag racing entries really needs though is a video, so check this out :

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31/10/2008 04:43:43 #


They are getting better, but as a long time drag racer I still don't quite get why they do it. Having to make 1000bhp just to do 9 second quarters seems daft to me. Still, some great engineering going on.


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31/10/2008 06:02:06 #


I guess the answer to the first question is in the last statement Smile  

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01/11/2008 21:52:23 #


The VWDRC have they're very own FWD drag racer here in the UK too...

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His car makes around 420bhp at the wheels from the VAG 20v Turbo based motor and his best ET is 10.61

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Awesome! I'd love to see them doing front wheel drive drag racing, in reverse. That would certainly be a test of skills … might create a bit of work for the mechanics, though! Can't believe they need those tires on the front when the car only has 4 cylinders and 2.8 litres.

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Hahaa! Don't know if it really qualifies, but in my younger and crazier days we used to just put front wheel drive cars in reverse, and then try to do all the things that rear-wheel drive cars could. So it isn't the first time that front-wheel drive cars have been drag-raced. Those big tires on the front certainly make you blink, though!

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Volvo Cars has switched its entire lineup after the 900 series to front wheel drive. Swedish engineers at the company have said that transversely mounted engines allow for more crumple zone area in a head on collision. American auto manufacturers are now shifting larger models (such as the Chrysler 300 and most of the Cadillac  lineup) back to rear-wheel drive.[3][4]  There were relatively few rear-wheel drive cars marketed in North America by the early 1990s; Chrysler's car line-up was entirely front-wheel drive by 1990. GM followed suit in 1996 where its B-body line was phased out, where its sports cars (Camaro, Firebird, Corvette) were the only RWDs marketed; by the early 2000s, the Chevrolet Corvette was the only RWD car offered by Chevrolet until the introduction of the Sigma platform.More info:

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