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Author Topic:   FWD cars
havingfunyet
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 12
posted July 23, 2005 07:40 AM  
While reading the newly posted rules at a local 3/8 mile clay track, I have noticed that they allow front wheel drive fuel injected cars now.
It seems to me that a FWD car would have better handling and more bite with the engine being over the drive wheels. Therefore would chasis better than the mustangs and pintos.
However, I still see no FWD cars at the track. What are the disadvantages to using a FWD car?
I have a 2000 ford ZX2 that i've been thinking about setting up for this and don't want to bother wasting my time or cash if there are any major disadvantages to using this type of car.
Any advise would be appreciated.

cmms91
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 39
posted July 23, 2005 09:35 AM  
we have 2 fwd saabs and thay run real good

robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted July 23, 2005 12:34 PM  
there are plusses and minuses to both types, up here in our 4syl ss class they have been able to use fwd injected for years, it seems to go in spurts where as you will have a couple fwd cars, vw rabbits dominate foir a season or two and then someone will find somthing with a rwd and then they will dominate, last season you could not touch the vws now they have 3 late 70s corollas dominating the vws and occasionaly a mustang will slide in there, i remember years ago running pintos and everyone was selling them cause they couldn't keep with the toys or stangs thena bout 4-5 years ago someone showed up with a pinto done right and whooped everyone, the quick car at that time was a ford exp

Raxp
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 6
posted July 24, 2005 09:59 AM  
At my track, its 4-cyl fwd only. no 2 seaters allowed. no convertibles. what came in the car, stays in the car.

1980 model or later

havingfunyet
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 12
posted July 24, 2005 12:26 PM  
Is there a drawback from the collision durabilty standpoint. Especially with the drive train in the front are these cars durable in comparison to the RWD cars? Seems as if there is a little more "play" in straightening out after a crash.

robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted July 24, 2005 01:59 PM  
i've seen both get wrecked,lol, i never really saw a prob with the fwd being weaker, they are all unibody the only diff being there is more room for crush on the rwd but if you crused it that far either way it's gonna need some serious work, we used to run against a honda that just ran a hoop around the radiator hooked down to the frame in front of the struts, we also had an exp that was full tube front to rear, our toy was a rwd with the a 2x2 tube frame over the top of the unibody over most of the car, all 3 cars could and did take pretty good hits over time, so alot of it is in how you build it, if they let you on a fwd the front stub is usually staright from the firewall fwd or fairly close to straight, cut the top of it open and put 2x3 or 2x2 tube in there.

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