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Old 02-12-2013, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Michael Schott View Post
You just love to be contrary just for the hell of it.
A little, but it is mostly becasue of this:

Originally Posted by Mark K View Post
It DOES take more skill to "repair" overblown corner entry with RWD than FWD, regardless of weight distribution, generally speaking. Instinctive throttle lift in "Oh, s**t!" moment will straighten the things up by itself, usually without any further input from the "expert" at the wheel of the FWD vehicle. Not so simple with RWD where generally speaking you are better off goosing the throttle and correcting with opposite lock.

Most sports cars have more wight at the rear because it is EXPECTED to have some skill to drive them. It has something to do with pendulum-like forces that are very favorable to driving through corners until you reach snap-oversteer in which all of us here (no exceptions, yourself included) are basically deer in the headlights.
Exactly! The more unstable the car, the more maneuverable it is. An example of this pushed to extreme is the F16, which is a super-maneuverable plane that is aerodynamically unstable, so much so that it cannot be flown without computers keeping it "stable." If they ever malfunction, you hit the eject button.

That's why 50-50 is very favorable for a sporty car to be used in everyday driving by everyday drivers.
So in everyday street cars, manufacturers strive for a balance that is still safe for us incompetent drivers. But there is nothing magic about setting that cutoff at 50/50, and that was my only point all along.
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