If you want to check the engine of a car, where do you look at? Don't you just open the bonnet?
But have you ever opened the bonnet of a particular car and you come across an empty space instead of the engine? If you haven't, that means you never got to spend time with the Volkswagen Beetle! Yes, the engine of a car is not always there!
Do you know car engines can be placed in 3 different positions? And each position serves some purposes, and has its own pros and cons? Are you ready to learn? Yes? I thought so too. Let's explore 3 different positions of car engines with Naijauto!
1. In the middle of the rear section of a car
These cars have their engine placed in the middle of their rear section, just behind the driver's seat, and they are called mid-engine cars.
This kind of engine placement is the perfect position for a very good handling car because the engine weight at the centre makes the weight distribution on the car perfect and that is why mostly supercars have these kinds of engine positioning. The AUDI R8, BUGATTI VEYRON, and the FERRARI 488 GTB are perfect examples of a mid-engine car and what do they all have in common? They are all very expensive.
Mid-engine position often happens on racing cars or supercars
Mid-engine cars are the most expensive to produce and its greatest disadvantage is that it takes up too much space. You can rarely see a mid-engine car with back row seats.
2. At the rear end of the car
Cars that have their engine placed just at the rear end of the car are called rear-engine cars. This position allows it to deliver optimum power and traction to the rear wheels. Most rear-engine cars are also rear-wheel-drive cars that are built for racing. The weight distribution of these cars makes it very difficult to control.
Don't get me wrong, they also handle well but they are very difficult to control because matching the handling with the power requires a very high professional knowledge that race drivers have been trained to have.
The downside of the rear-engine position is the difficulty to control
Porsche is the most common automobile manufacturer that still uses rear engine cars and in 1975, there was a turbocharged Porsche 911 that was nicknamed the "WIDOW-MAKER" because, on high speeds, the car would just lose control when the driver tries to steer abruptly. This is the best setup for a track-focused race car.
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3. At the front of the car
98% of cars in Nigeria have the front engine setup not just because it is the cheapest to manufacture but also because it is the perfect balance between handling and space management. These cars are called, of course, front-engine car.
Front engine position is so popular that people think that it is the default position of every car
To get maximum trunk/boot space, the best place for the engine to be in front. It allows the car to have a standard weight distribution.
So those are the three engine positions that any car can have so depending on what you are trying to achieve with a car, the engine position matters a lot.
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