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2020-04-10 12:00
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Think about the car parked in your garage right now, the engine is most likely located in the front, right? Have you wondered why most cars use that layout?

Well, as Nolan Sykes from Donut Media says: 'If you want the short, boring answer it's because front-engined, front-wheel drive cars are forgiving to steer because the engine is situated in front of the front axle. It gives the wheels more traction and allows most drivers to be handle a car in tricky situations. 

With the engine in front it also makes cooling a lot easier and results in a cheaper car to produce as cooling an engine located in the rear of a car is more complicated. 

But...it's not that simple. 

There are various places to put an engine in a car: front, middle or at the rear. While most cars have their engines in the front, some carmakers like Ferrari are known for placing their big V12 engine in the middle, between the front and rear axles which puts more weight over the rear tyres aiding it with better traction. 

Honda's S2000 is another example of having its engine placed in the middle, with drive going exclusively to the rear wheels.

Probably the best known rear-engined car is the Porsche 911, which places the centre of gravity of the engine behind the rear axle. 

Donut Media says: "Front engine, mid engine, rear engine- what’s the difference? Well today we’re gonna find out! Join Nolan and break down the difference between engine placements, and how manufacturers change the nature of a car by moving it’s engine!"

"WheelHouse answers all the questions about the automotive world you never thought to ask. Nolan Sykes looks at the history, sociology and psychology behind the cars you love, and the features you might overlook", Donut Media said.

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