Why Are Most Sports Cars Rear Wheel Drive?

You’ve probably come across terms like rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, two-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive. While several of these terms overlap, the simplest explanation is that they relate to the location and number of wheels driven by the vehicle’s powertrain. So why does rear-wheel drive (RWD) stand out in sports cars?

Why are sports cars RWD?

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In a vehicle with an internal combustion engine and RWD, the pistons use energy from the combustion process to drive a crankshaft that produces rotational power. This rotational power passes through the transmission, allowing selectable gear ranges to optimize the engine’s RPM range based on the vehicle’s speed. A driveshaft carries the rotation to the vehicle’s rear differential for directing rotation to the rear tires and another downshift.

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