Honda Porsche fan wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 21, 2022 2:44 am
Which engine placement location in the car would be the best/optimal place for best handling or has the least negative drawbacks? A front engine car, mid/rear engine car or rear engine car?
Why did designers choose the 42/58 front to rear weight distribution for...
1990 Acura/Honda NSX
1993-1998 McLaren F1 road car
1995 Ferrari F50
2019 McLaren GT
Honda used the CRAY supercomputer to aid in the design of the NSX's frame to find where to stiffen it.
There's no one answer because it depends entirely on your drive system and the conditions you want to run in. There's a reason rear engined, rear heavy Porches, Beetles, etc, used to do so well on rallies and safaris and that's because the traction advantage overruled every other concern.
60/40 or 40/60 might not make much difference for an F1 car with it's aero on a tarmac surface on slicks, whereas that might be the difference between even being able to get going on a RWD rally or safari car.