You’ve likely come across terms like rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive. While some of these terms overlap, the simplest explanation is that they refer to the location and number of wheels receiving power from the vehicle’s powertrain. So why is rear-wheel drive (RWD) prominent in sports cars?

Why are sports cars RWD?

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In a vehicle with an internal combustion engine and RWD, pistons use energy from the combustion process to drive a crankshaft that produces rotational power. This torque is passed through the transmission allowing the gear range to be selected to optimize the engine rpm range in relation to the vehicle speed. A drive shaft carries the torque to the vehicle’s rear differential for deflection at the rear tires and another gear ratio reduction.

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