On the surface, rear-engine cars make no sense. Having all that weight behind the rear axle is likely to make a car less easy to turn in and more eager to snap into oversteer; counteracting that requires a ton of diligent engineering. Despite that, the Porsche 911 remains one of the best-driving cars ever made. Why is that? It turns out rear-engine cars have some significant advantages.
It all has to do with weight distribution. Since there's more weight on the rear-driven axle in a 911 versus a normal sports car, there's more load on the rear tires, which means more traction on acceleration. That power will be able to reach the ground more efficiently, too, since that power doesn't have to travel through a driveshaft.
Rear-engine cars have braking advantages too. Unlike acceleration, which favors as much weight over the driven axle as possible, braking performance is dictated by how evenly braking force is distributed over all four tires. Under braking, a rear-engine car will distribute its weight more evenly front-to-rear, while a front-engine car will distribute most of its weight to the front, because that's where a lot of the weight is already.
But those are only a few of the benefits of a rear-engine layout. Let Jason Fenske of show you all of the advantages for having the engine behind the rear axle.