These days, a person may notice that most of the cars have their engines at the front. The placement of an engine in the car may not be crucial while driving on the road, But its effect comes into play when dashing about on professional race tracks and while performing skillful techniques.
There are typically three types of engine placements, namely, Front Engine, Mid Engine, and Rear Engine. Depending upon their specifications and ergonomics, these cars attract and enthrall certain auto enthusiasts according to their preferences.
Here is a brief knowledge on these top-tiered engine placement cars:
These types of cars are present on the road in a huge number, and there is a reason for this. Being front-engined vehicles, they are beneficial to the drivers in handling them easily by providing a good amount of traction and stability. But in some cases due to the addition of weight and external factors, they tend to understeer a lot. These factors make it uneasy to steer the car. The Lexus LFA, Aston Martin Vantage, Ferrari 812 GTS, Nissan GT-R, Mustang Shelby GT500, etc. are all front-engined cars.
For perfect stability, control, and 50-50 weight distribution, it is generally ideal to own a mid-engine car. When it comes to driving around a race track, mid-engine cars have better cornering stability and are nimble while having a decent amount of traction under their wheels. But having an equal amount of weight distribution has its own drawbacks. In case the car breaks loose and spins around, it would be harder to control it as it has an equal amount of weight both at the front and at the back of the car. So, the car will spin about its axis much more rigorously than usual. The Honda (Acura) NSX, Bugatti Divo, Alfa Romeo 4C, Audi R8, Ferrari F8 Tributo, Lamborghini Huracan, etc. are all mid-engined cars.
Rear Engine Cars are the most uncommon types of cars you will find around yourself. If you are a motor enthusiast or even have a slight knowledge about the vehicle dynamics, chances are that you will end up buying a rear-engine car for yourself. This kind of setup is usually seen in sports cars and supercars. Rear Engine Cars undergo oversteering quite often due to the presence of maximum weight at the back. Despite having an unequal distribution of weight, these types of cars are known to interest the mind and heart of professional race car enthusiasts and hooligans. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Renault Alpine A110, Volkswagen Beetle, DMC DeLorean, etc. are all rear-engine cars.