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Watch – AWD vs. RWD vs. FWD: Know How to Handle Your Junk

Understanding drivetrain layouts and how to make them work for you

Aug 25, 2016

Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to break off some fools but you overcook it through a turn and end up looking like a kook? We do, too, which is why the latest episode of BFGoodrich’s “The Racing Line” presented by Tire Rack is must-see viewing.

RWD Photo 2/4   |   RWD

In the installment, professional hot-shoe Randy Pobst compares a rear-wheel drive (RWD) Mazda MX-5 roadster, front drive (FWD) Ford Focus ST hatchback, and all-wheel drive (AWD) Subaru WRX STI hatch and explains the pros and cons of each type of drivetrain configuration. As Pobst demonstrates, it’s all about understanding the balance of your ride and developing a command of weight transfer in order to help you get the car to do what you want it to.

AWD line Photo 3/4   |   AWD Line

Pobst leans on his years of experience behind the steering wheels of a variety of race cars to cull wisdom about technique, as well, providing tips for getting that fast lap – or more interesting to us, how to break loose the ass-end of a RWD in order to produce a gnarly drift. The episode is chock-full of useful information.

FWD Photo 4/4   |   FWD

To learn more about AWD, RWD, and FWD, check out the full episode below. For more episodes of “The Racing Line,” head to the Motor Trend Channel on YouTube.

Bob Hernandez
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