Traditionally, a rear-wheel-drive layout has been the key to a fast automobile. The combination of power delivery and balance help drivers get the most out of a lap, without having to sacrifice packaging or weight. But recently, more high-end exotics, such as the NSX and 918 Spyder, have incorporated an all-wheel-drive setup for more grip and better power delivery.
Front-wheel-drive, of course, exists for simplicity and cost effectiveness. But what it gives up in balance, it gains back in weight savings thanks to its basic design.
The point is, all three of these drivetrain layouts have their advantages and disadvantages. But which one is fastest around a track? Car Throttle took a Ford Focus RS, a , and a Honda Civic Type R, each with different drivetrain layouts, to a circuit to find out.
Since the test took place on a slippery, rain-soaked track in England, it's not surprising the all-wheel-drive grip of the Focus helped it come out on top, beating the less powerful Civic Type R by under a second.
And thanks to drift mode, you don't have to give up that fun factor to set that lap time you've been looking for.