Torsen differential brings superior traction to the 2013 Scion FR-S [Video]
The 2013 Scion FR-S is a rear-wheel-drive sports car developed by Toyota to bring an affordable sports car to driving enthusiasts. But why did they choose to use rear-wheel-drive instead of a front-drive configuration like most new cars produced today? The rear-drive sports car uses a Torsen limited slip differential, but how does it work? Scion explains it all in the informative video below.
But first let’s look at why Toyota chose to use a rear-drive over the popular front-drive configuration. The answer can be summed up in a single word, performance. Performance is greatly increased in a RWD vehicle, because under heavy acceleration, all the weight shifts to the back of the vehicle to the wheels that are supplying power and produces better traction.
All true performance cars will have RWD and are extremely fun to drive on twisty and winding roads, and especially on the track where the driver can use the throttle to control the sliding of the rear of the car with proper power and steering. There's nothing like fishtailing in a high-performance rear wheel drive sports car through high-speed turns. That is why RWD is widely accepted as the choice in true sports car performance. Most sports car enthusiasts choose a rear wheel drive engine configuration for this reason: performance and handling.
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