Why Do Rear-Wheel Drive Cars Take-Off So Well?

In the past, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicles and technologies dominated the automotive scene. In more recent times, front wheel drive (FWD) designs have gained some prominence due to the many practical benefits that they can provide. Nevertheless, RWD vehicles continue to provide a lot of performance and handling perks that are unique to the design category.

One of these special capabilities is the ability to accelerate from a standstill more quickly than other drivetrain designs. While the power of the motor also has much to do with this, vehicle weight and center of gravity also have strong effects on acceleration.

In RWD vehicles sitting at rest, the vehicle weight is centered more towards the engine compartment. Upon acceleration, a rearwards weight shift occurs, and this has the effect of concentrating weight over the rear tires. Ultimately, this results in greater traction and better launches.

To keep the underlying components in the proper condition, manufacturers recommend that vehicles receive periodic preventative maintenance checkups. At our Alto, TX location, our skilled and certified Pearman Motor Company differential and transaxle experts can keep your system humming. To meet our team, swing by our place today for a no-obligation conversation.

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