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7 Rear-Engine RWD Cars That Are Not a Porsche 911 | Ep. 1
7 Rear-Engine RWD Cars That Are Not a Porsche 911 | Ep. 1
Published: 2016/04/07
Channel: VisioRacer
Rear Engine Cars - RWD vs AWD
Rear Engine Cars - RWD vs AWD
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: Engineering Explained
6 INSANE Rear Engine Conversions!
6 INSANE Rear Engine Conversions!
Published: 2016/12/10
Channel: Nike1600
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
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
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
INSANE Twin Turbo Rear Engine Stretchy Truck
INSANE Twin Turbo Rear Engine Stretchy Truck
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: URBAN HILLBILLY VIDEOS
1964 Chevy Chopped Rear Engine Rat Rod Van - Eastwood
1964 Chevy Chopped Rear Engine Rat Rod Van - Eastwood
Published: 2013/04/26
Channel: Eastwood Company
Rear-Engine Mini-Truck Madness! Roadkill Ep. 45
Rear-Engine Mini-Truck Madness! Roadkill Ep. 45
Published: 2015/11/27
Channel: Motor Trend Channel
Crazy turbo civic hatch rwd , rear engine.
Crazy turbo civic hatch rwd , rear engine.
Published: 2014/02/16
Channel: yardman0001
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
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 truck
rear engine truck
Published: 2009/07/23
Channel: fastace69
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
Rear Engine Elcamino - Nearly Complete
Rear Engine Elcamino - Nearly Complete
Published: 2014/04/14
Channel: stone69331
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
Channel: unclebigguy
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
REAR Mounted LS1!? WTF!?
REAR Mounted LS1!? WTF!?
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: 1320video
Rear engine Honda Civic EG Hatch
Rear engine Honda Civic EG Hatch
Published: 2014/08/03
Channel: Quick Cars
1931 Rear Engine Willys
1931 Rear Engine Willys
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: MyHotRodTV
ECS VIDEO- Ridiculious RWD Honda EK Hatch #TX2k16
ECS VIDEO- Ridiculious RWD Honda EK Hatch #TX2k16
Published: 2016/03/21
Channel: ECS VIDEO
93 Simplicity Coronet Rear Engine Rider
93 Simplicity Coronet Rear Engine Rider
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: Mark Hawes
Rear Engine Buggy on Helldorado
Rear Engine Buggy on Helldorado
Published: 2017/04/15
Channel: Why Not Customs
Wisconsin Madmans rear engine truck
Wisconsin Madmans rear engine truck
Published: 2007/06/24
Channel: drhotrodmd
Broken Rear Engine Mount Camry V6
Broken Rear Engine Mount Camry V6
Published: 2013/08/23
Channel: speedkar99
Rear Engine | RWD | Supercharged K-Series Mini Cooper Wild Rides!! | ERacer
Rear Engine | RWD | Supercharged K-Series Mini Cooper Wild Rides!! | ERacer
Published: 2014/10/11
Channel: yellowgti
First drive in rear engined civic
First drive in rear engined civic
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: MrCiVic1983
T10K rear engine burnout
T10K rear engine burnout
Published: 2014/10/19
Channel: claymore2k1
Rear engine elcamino project moving
Rear engine elcamino project moving
Published: 2012/02/26
Channel: stone69331
rear engine supercharger dump
rear engine supercharger dump
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: claymore2k1
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
Classic VW BuGs How to Install Beetle Rear Engine Hood Decklid & Spring
Classic VW BuGs How to Install Beetle Rear Engine Hood Decklid & Spring
Published: 2015/01/08
Channel: Chris Vallone
Mid engine Cavalier first drive
Mid engine Cavalier first drive
Published: 2014/05/07
Channel: midenginecav
Mid Engine Cars - RWD vs AWD
Mid Engine Cars - RWD vs AWD
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: Engineering Explained
south dakota guyana. Rear engine civic turbo with 1 hand driver
south dakota guyana. Rear engine civic turbo with 1 hand driver
Published: 2011/01/06
Channel: Kemal Rahman
GRAY ROCK REAR ENGINE BUGGY CRAWL ADAM CARTER
GRAY ROCK REAR ENGINE BUGGY CRAWL ADAM CARTER
Published: 2013/08/21
Channel: Sketchy Offroad Films
My 420hp mid engine, rear wheel drive Del Sol
My 420hp mid engine, rear wheel drive Del Sol
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: Bennie Kerkhof
REAR ENGINE BUGGY CRAWLS V-NOTCH
REAR ENGINE BUGGY CRAWLS V-NOTCH
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: MadRam11
Rear engine ram
Rear engine ram
Published: 2017/03/08
Channel: Randy Nault
New Renault Twingo – A rear engine for impressive  comfort !
New Renault Twingo – A rear engine for impressive comfort !
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Renault
Rear Mounted Subaru Engine & Trans First Start Up
Rear Mounted Subaru Engine & Trans First Start Up
Published: 2016/10/23
Channel: Alex V
Vehicle layout - Rear wheel drive vehicle with engine at front
Vehicle layout - Rear wheel drive vehicle with engine at front
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: MechTech KnowHow
Rear engines Down
Rear engines Down
Published: 2015/05/24
Channel: Tyler steinhauer
2014 Renault Twingo: Rear Engine & Rear Wheel drive
2014 Renault Twingo: Rear Engine & Rear Wheel drive
Published: 2013/06/28
Channel: Andrea Ford
AWD 4-Engine Go Kart RUNS: Rear Engines & Gussets
AWD 4-Engine Go Kart RUNS: Rear Engines & Gussets
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: CarsandCameras
Rear Engine Buggy vs. Flipper
Rear Engine Buggy vs. Flipper
Published: 2012/06/04
Channel: BustedKnuckleVideo
DT Maxxforce Rear Engine Seal
DT Maxxforce Rear Engine Seal
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: John Whelan
Rear Engine Chevy Van by Slim
Rear Engine Chevy Van by Slim
Published: 2010/12/13
Channel: dolzinnig
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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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