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Define a "mid engine car" for me...

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  1. 11506apollo

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    It is puzzling to me that a so called "mid engine car" is one with the engine/block forward of the rear axle.....
    .....however, if the engine/block is behind the front axle.....its not a "mid engine car"?
    Try and explain that to me if you can....
     
  2. GuyIncognito

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    I hear a lot of manufacturers refer to "front mid engined" for an engine behind the front axle.
     
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    I consider a true mid engine car to be one where the engine is behind the driver and before the rear axle. Front engine would be over or in front of the rear axle. Rear the opposite. Some cars do have front engines that are behind the front axle. Corvette. 370z, I think the SLR was like this. I think Nissan coined the front/mid term.
     
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    My technical mind would be much happier if the world adopted Rear mid engine and front mid engine, just for the sake of accuracy and proper geometry
     
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    You are asking the general public to define a term that is in "general use"

    Fee people ask for anything other than a Kleenex and when people want a cola. They typically ask for a coke...

    Yes a mid engine car is anything between the axles.

    Don't expect the public to follow. especially now that the whole internal combustion engine thing is in its twilight
     
  6. Smiles

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    So...

    Does a front mid-engined car need to be front wheel drive transverse engine?

    If not, there are very few front-engined cars...

    Matt
     
  7. Tcar

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    NO. Of course not.

    Rear mids don't have to have transverse engines, do they????
     
  8. Smiles

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    So this would be a mid front engined car?

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  9. Tcar

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    Yes. The engine is behind the front axle on the Bug.
     
  10. technom3

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    And also on the Vette and even Camaros for years.
     
  11. dwhite

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    My 69 TVR was front mid engine and had 50/50 weight ditribution and was 150lbs heavier on the right side to compensate for the driver, all from the factory. Only car which had a higher skidpad g-force in the stats at the back of R&T was a Dino at like .85gs.

    Mid engine is when the engine resides in the chassis completely behind the front axel and completely forward of the rear axel.
     

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