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    Longitudinal vs. Transverse Mid Engine Setup

    For those of you who have built and driven a mid-engine car, can you give a comparison of differences between the longitudinal vs. transverse mid engine configurations.

    It seems to me that the most desired setup is the longitudinal configuration since it most similar to what is OEM in high end mid-engine performance cars. On the other hand, it also seems to be a much more expensive way to go as the transmissions are more expensive and difficult to find.

    As I also understand it, transverse units can include anything from purpose built units (i.e. Fiero, MR2) to adapted front wheel drive units. For the most part, the items in this category are more plentiful and can be had for less money. The down side seems to be they are not as performance capable and can have some disadvantages when it comes to weight distribution and ultimately handling.

    With all that said, I would love to see some real world feed back from those of you who have built using either configuration or perhaps both configurations. What was your experience with regards to cost, durability, performance and handling?

    Is it possible to build a very performance capable car with the transverse setup and with a limited budget? What engine & transaxle combinations do you recommend?

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    Lambo had both. The first Lambos had it like Fiero (Transverse)then the longitudinal won out. I wish I went Longitudinal.
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    Re: Longitudinal vs. Transverse Mid Engine Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyWheels
    Lambo had both. The first Lambos had it like Fiero (Transverse)then the longitudinal won out. I wish I went Longitudinal.
    I recall the Miura was transverse, but can't remember if the Jalpa/Silhouette models were transverse. Also, I know the Ferrari 308 and 328 were also transverse. Suprisingly, the Cizeta V16 Moroder was also transverse.

    Why do you wish you went longitudinal? Does it have to do with handling or just a matter of powertrain choices?

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    Re: Longitudinal vs. Transverse Mid Engine Setup

    Nobel cars are all transverse

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    Re: Longitudinal vs. Transverse Mid Engine Setup

    longitudinal on my fiero 350 v8 with g50 p.t.

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    Re: Longitudinal vs. Transverse Mid Engine Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by mlochala
    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyWheels
    Lambo had both. The first Lambos had it like Fiero (Transverse)then the longitudinal won out. I wish I went Longitudinal.
    I recall the Miura was transverse, but can't remember if the Jalpa/Silhouette models were transverse. Also, I know the Ferrari 308 and 328 were also transverse. Suprisingly, the Cizeta V16 Moroder was also transverse.

    Why do you wish you went longitudinal? Does it have to do with handling or just a matter of powertrain choices?
    Don't forget the Vector W8 was transverse and its prototype the W2 was a transverse setup also and it went on to hit 240+ back in 1984!

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    Re: Longitudinal vs. Transverse Mid Engine Setup

    Some very nice cars were transverse, as mentioned Ferrari 246, 308, 328 and Mondial (non-T) as well as Jalpa and Miura. I have built both but only longitudinal in tube chassis cars. I have not attempted longitudinal in a former transverse car. As far as front wheel drive adapted to transverse mid engine, that is all Fiero and MR2 was anyway. The driving force behind longitudinal was to get the center of gravity lower and better balance left to right and near equal driveshaft lengths so one is not winding up more than the other. IMHO

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    Re: Longitudinal vs. Transverse Mid Engine Setup

    I personally feel that the turbo would be easier.

    The handling would be better as well due to a different transaxle.

    I would install headers and a second turbo with intercooler like the F-40.

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    Re: Longitudinal vs. Transverse Mid Engine Setup

    I don't think that a turbo will improve handling.

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    Re: Longitudinal vs. Transverse Mid Engine Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyWheels
    I personally feel that the turbo would be easier as the handling would be better as well. I would install headers and a second turbo like the F-40.

    Dave

    PS I may find a cradle and try it myself.
    What engine and tranny combo do you have, Dave?

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