Easy Rear Wheel Drive


I am an aircraft mechanic by trade, and spend a lot of time and money at dragstrips, road courses, car shows and the like. After being involved with aircraft and racecars for over 30 years, I have an idea to inexpensively bring rear wheel drive to Ford's sedan lineup. However, several taboos on the inside (engineering and tradition) must be broken or abandoned.

After helping a fellow road racer re-install an engine and transmission into a competing manufcturer's sports car, I realized that the whole drive train was simply a performance front wheel drive setup from another model (from the same manufacturer) placed in the back of this two seat sportscar to make a mid engine setup.

Why not take this approach to building a performance sedan?

There seems to be many advantages to this:

(1) It is relatively easy to adapt a powertrain that is already in production to reduce development time and money.

(2) While the car that I worked on was a sportscar and intended to corner aggresively, a sedan body (four or two door) can be designed to provide a 50/50 weight distribution (even with the drivetrain towards the back of the car ) to provide a sort of "Ultimate Driving Experience".

(3) The front profile of the car could be modified for better airflow to reduce drag and increase fuel economy without having to work around the powertrain.

(4) All wheel drive can easily be accomodated by incorporating "crossover" vehicle technology for northern climates.

(5) It may be possible to obviate the need for power assisted steering (if desired to bring production costs down and lower the purchase price for the consumer).

(6) A "cab forward" style of sedan still has a sexy modern look and can easily accomodate the mid engine setup.

(7) The enthusiast driver (even the weekend drag racer that currenly drives a turbocharged, front drive vehicle) knows the inherent performance advantages of this setup.

While there are those traditionalists who may decry such ideas as "whacked", other manufacturer's have tried this idea with great success (mostly in sportscars).

Why not give this a try and bring something "revolutionary" to market?


Inspector Dan
2004 Super Duty owner and Ford Mustang enthusiast.

John S 10/28/2012
Not a bad idea, and it's been done before. Plus they can get the same efficiencies they claim FWD provides.
Brian S 08/24/2012
good idea... FWD setup, reversed (though obviously the drive shafts have to turn the opposite way as in a FWD car). I'm surprised many more carmakers (Ford included) don't use it to make a small, sporty car.