Most cars these days are front-engine layout and front-wheel drive, and this arrangement does its job. The front fenders provide ample space for the engine and its accessories, there's easy access for repair and maintenance, and it's a short trip down the drivetrain to get the power through the transmission and to the front wheels. However, not all cars can prioritize this convenience.
sports cars usually feature the other two types of engine layout: rear-engine and mid-engine. These layouts are advantageous in performance cars for a few reasons. They provide a better balance of the car's weight, yielding advantages in traction and handling. Mid- and rear-engine cars also make a rear-wheel drive configuration more efficient. Eager to feel the change in balance for yourself? Check out some of 2016's mid-engine sports cars.