drive layout


drive layout
The arrangement of the order of the engine, transmission, and driven axles, e.g., Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, mid-engine drive, four-wheel drive, two-wheel drive

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  • Mid-engine, front-wheel drive layout — MF layout In automotive design, a MF, or Mid engine, Front wheel drive layout is one in which the front road wheels are driven by an internal combustion engine placed just behind them, in front of the passenger compartment. In contrast to the… …   Wikipedia

  • Front-engine, front-wheel drive layout — In automotive design, a FF, or Front engine, Front wheel drive layout places both the engine and driven wheels at the front of the vehicle. This layout is typically chosen for its compact packaging, allowing the rest of the vehicle to be designed …   Wikipedia

  • Mid-engine, four-wheel drive layout — The Lamborghini Murciélago uses the M4 configuration. In automotive design, an M4, or Mid engine, Four wheel drive layout places the internal combustion engine in the middle of the vehicle, between both axles and drives all four roadwheels. It is …   Wikipedia

  • Rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout — In automotive design, a RR, or Rear engine, Rear wheel drive layout is one which places both the engine and drive wheels at the rear of the vehicle. In contrast to the RMR layout, however, the center of mass of the engine itself is actually past… …   Wikipedia

  • Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout — In automotive design, a RMR or Rear Mid engine, Rear wheel drive layout is one in which the rear wheels are driven by an engine placed just in front of them, behind the passenger compartment. In contrast to the rear engined RR layout, the center… …   Wikipedia

  • Rear-engine, four-wheel drive layout — In automotive design, an R4, or Rear engine, Four wheel drive layout places the engine at the rear of the vehicle and drives all four wheels. This layout is typically chosen to improve the traction or the handling of existing vehicle designs… …   Wikipedia

  • Front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout — In automotive design, a FMR, or Front Mid engine, Rear wheel drive layout is one that places the engine in the front, as in the FR layout, but pushed back enough that the engine s center of mass is to the rear of the front axle. This aids in… …   Wikipedia

  • Front-engine, four-wheel drive layout — In automotive design, an F4, or Front engine, Four wheel drive layout places the engine at the front of the vehicle and drives all four wheels. This layout is typically chosen for better control on many surfaces, and is an important part of rally …   Wikipedia

  • Drive wheel — This article is about motor vehicle applications. For driving wheels on steam locomotives, see Driving wheel. A drive wheel is a roadwheel in an automotive vehicle that receives torque from the powertrain, and provides the final driving force for …   Wikipedia

  • Drive shaft — This article is about the mechanical device. For the fictional music group from the American television series Lost , see Charlie Pace. Not to be confused with Axle. Drive shaft with universal joints at each end and a spline in the centre A drive …   Wikipedia


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