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6 INSANE Rear Engine Conversions!
6 INSANE Rear Engine Conversions!
Published: 2016/12/10
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Rear Engine Cars - RWD vs AWD
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: Engineering Explained
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7 Rear-Engine RWD Cars That Are Not a Porsche 911 | Ep. 1
Published: 2016/04/07
Channel: VisioRacer
New Renault Twingo – An innovative design with a rear engine.
New Renault Twingo – An innovative design with a rear engine.
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Renault
Which is best: front engine, mid-engine or rear engine? - Video Bench Racing with Autoweek
Which is best: front engine, mid-engine or rear engine? - Video Bench Racing with Autoweek
Published: 2013/04/02
Channel: AutoweekUSA
Rare Rear Engine...
Rare Rear Engine...
Published: 2009/08/11
Channel: CORVAIRWILD
Renault Twingo goes rear-engine and rear-wheel drive - picture special
Renault Twingo goes rear-engine and rear-wheel drive - picture special
Published: 2014/03/02
Channel: Autocar
New Renault Twingo – A rear engine for impressive  comfort !
New Renault Twingo – A rear engine for impressive comfort !
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Renault
The Mid- vs. Rear-Engine Debate: Porsche Cayman R vs. 911 GT3 - CAR and DRIVER
The Mid- vs. Rear-Engine Debate: Porsche Cayman R vs. 911 GT3 - CAR and DRIVER
Published: 2011/06/22
Channel: Car and Driver Magazine
Insane rear engine big Block 3rd gen Firebird-smokin fast! world
Insane rear engine big Block 3rd gen Firebird-smokin fast! world's ONLY!
Published: 2015/06/26
Channel: AutoAppraise
1982 Pontiac Firebird - rear engine complete modification  - MUST SEE - Morris Car Show
1982 Pontiac Firebird - rear engine complete modification - MUST SEE - Morris Car Show
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: USClassicMuscleCars
The Best Rear Engine Cars That Aren
The Best Rear Engine Cars That Aren't a 911 .ep 1
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: Alfa Guy
Rear-Engine Mini-Truck Madness! Roadkill Ep. 45
Rear-Engine Mini-Truck Madness! Roadkill Ep. 45
Published: 2015/11/27
Channel: Motor Trend Channel
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rear engine truck
Published: 2009/07/23
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Rat Rod with rear engine (Mid Engine) 2016 July 4th Seward Nebraska
Rat Rod with rear engine (Mid Engine) 2016 July 4th Seward Nebraska
Published: 2016/07/05
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Supercharged Rear Engine S-10 Build (Part 1)
Supercharged Rear Engine S-10 Build (Part 1)
Published: 2017/06/16
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Ashok Leyaland Bus Chasis-back Engine
Published: 2010/01/02
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Rear Engine Bus protection
Published: 2015/12/02
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Rear engine Honda Civic EG Hatch
Rear engine Honda Civic EG Hatch
Published: 2014/08/03
Channel: Quick Cars
Hardrace rear engine vs Hasport rear engine  Honda si
Hardrace rear engine vs Hasport rear engine Honda si
Published: 2015/08/02
Channel: Werks Guy
Mid Engine Cars - RWD vs AWD
Mid Engine Cars - RWD vs AWD
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: Engineering Explained
Custom Built Supercar | Rear-Engine
Custom Built Supercar | Rear-Engine
Published: 2012/11/04
Channel: HD Speed Network
Rear engine rat rod
Rear engine rat rod
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: dagooos
Rear Engine 1969 Ford Mustang | 1 of a kind
Rear Engine 1969 Ford Mustang | 1 of a kind
Published: 2012/11/04
Channel: HD Speed Network
INSANE Twin Turbo Rear Engine Stretchy Truck
INSANE Twin Turbo Rear Engine Stretchy Truck
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: URBAN HILLBILLY VIDEOS
Crazy turbo civic hatch rwd , rear engine.
Crazy turbo civic hatch rwd , rear engine.
Published: 2014/02/16
Channel: yardman0001
Rear Engine Buggy on 47s on Axle Hill at Trucks Gone Wild
Rear Engine Buggy on 47s on Axle Hill at Trucks Gone Wild
Published: 2011/09/28
Channel: MadRam11
034 Motorsport rear engine Golf
034 Motorsport rear engine Golf
Published: 2014/02/28
Channel: AyalaAndChen
Broken Rear Engine Mount Camry V6
Broken Rear Engine Mount Camry V6
Published: 2013/08/23
Channel: speedkar99
1931 Rear Engine Willys
1931 Rear Engine Willys
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: MyHotRodTV
New Renault Twingo – If the engine is at the back, what’s at the front?
New Renault Twingo – If the engine is at the back, what’s at the front?
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Renault
Rear engine dragster vs. front engine dragster
Rear engine dragster vs. front engine dragster
Published: 2010/08/30
Channel: tanner6385
Rear Engine Funny Car
Rear Engine Funny Car
Published: 2008/10/04
Channel: diamondpvideo
Broken rear engine mount Lancer 2006 1.6
Broken rear engine mount Lancer 2006 1.6
Published: 2015/03/27
Channel: Amr Omran
New Renault Twingo – Discover exceptional agility thanks to  rear engine !
New Renault Twingo – Discover exceptional agility thanks to rear engine !
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Renault
rear engine cummins diesel 24 valve
rear engine cummins diesel 24 valve
Published: 2010/07/12
Channel: cattleroo
Rear engine mount failure
Rear engine mount failure
Published: 2011/12/11
Channel: StreetKa
Rear engines are great! ......for crashing.mp4
Rear engines are great! ......for crashing.mp4
Published: 2011/09/04
Channel: Stavros Georgio
Twin engined Citroen Ax. B16 Rear engine first startup.
Twin engined Citroen Ax. B16 Rear engine first startup.
Published: 2015/10/11
Channel: Graham Last
Craigslist posting 1989 Toro 8-32 Professional Rear engine Rider
Craigslist posting 1989 Toro 8-32 Professional Rear engine Rider
Published: 2013/06/27
Channel: Mark Hawes
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Rear engine ram
Published: 2017/03/08
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Acura integra rear engine mount EPIC FAIL (The teardown part 1.)
Acura integra rear engine mount EPIC FAIL (The teardown part 1.)
Published: 2016/05/14
Channel: Irvin Dorsey
Corvair; Chevy
Corvair; Chevy's answer to rear engine, air-cooled VW
Published: 2014/05/27
Channel: DougCameraman
How to Remove A Rear Engine Mount on 1996 Toyota Corolla
How to Remove A Rear Engine Mount on 1996 Toyota Corolla
Published: 2014/02/01
Channel: 5sokol
Hardrace rear engine mount Honda si in car Review
Hardrace rear engine mount Honda si in car Review
Published: 2015/08/20
Channel: Werks Guy
Rear Engine Funny Car
Rear Engine Funny Car
Published: 2008/04/01
Channel: racrdude
Mid engine Cavalier first drive
Mid engine Cavalier first drive
Published: 2014/05/07
Channel: midenginecav
how to stiffen acura integra rear engine mount
how to stiffen acura integra rear engine mount
Published: 2016/02/20
Channel: eclipseg851
Renault Twingo goes rear engine and rear wheel drive picture special, Car Review
Renault Twingo goes rear engine and rear wheel drive picture special, Car Review
Published: 2015/06/13
Channel: Thanh Nhan
Single Seat Rear Engine Buggy on Maxxis Tires
Single Seat Rear Engine Buggy on Maxxis Tires
Published: 2011/12/02
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In automobile design, a rear-engine design layout places the engine at the rear of the vehicle. The center of gravity of the engine itself is behind the rear axle. This is not to be confused with the center of gravity of the whole vehicle, as an imbalance of such proportions would make it impossible to keep the front wheels on the ground.

Rear-engine position / Rear-wheel drive

Rear-engined vehicles are almost always rear-wheel drive, a layout known as RR. The exception is certain high performance four-wheel drive models from the German automaker Porsche. This layout is chosen for three reasons: packaging, traction, and ease of manufacture:

  • Since the engine is located at an extremity, the rest of the vehicle can be used for passengers and luggage.
  • Having the engine located over the driven wheels increases downward pressure, which is helpful for grip on loose surfaces.
  • The drivetrain can be assembled as a unit and installed easily at the factory - easier than a front wheel drive layout where the driven wheels also steer the car.

A rear-wheel drive, rear-engine vehicle tends to be prone to oversteer which allows for tighter turner radius than that of a neutral or understeer condition of a vehicle, however this causes vehicle instability. For this reason rear-engine design has been abandoned as a design option for regular passenger cars, but still maintains a viability for race applications.[1]

Although this layout was once popular, it was mainly found in small, inexpensive cars and light commercial vehicles. Most car makers have abandoned the rear-engined layout apart from Porsche who has gradually developed their design with improvements to the suspension and chassis to reduce the shortcomings of the layout to exceptional levels in road and race cars.[citation needed]

The most popular current application of this layout is in low-floor buses where its space-saving attributes are best applied.

On the DeLorean DMC-12, to compensate for the uneven (35/65) weight distribution caused by the rear-mounted engine, the car had rear wheels with a diameter slightly greater than the front wheels.

Notable rear-engined cars[edit]

Smart Fortwo's three-cylinder engine officially sits behind the rear axle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wong, J. Y. (2008). Theory of Ground Vehicles. Hoboken NJ: Wiley. p. 560. ISBN 0-471-35461-9. 


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