Infographic on different drivetrain layouts.

Here is my first attempt at an Info-graphic.

Click on the graphic to view the full res.

I will be updating this with more detail and more layouts. I might be doing a 3D info graphic of this as well in the future.

Stay tuned for more Info-graphics.




8 thoughts on “Infographic on different drivetrain layouts.”

  1. Missing the mid-engined AWD layout used in Lamborghini’s V12 cars as well as the Bugatti Veyron where the transmission is also mid mounted, but in front of the engine.

  2. One variation sort of left out is front wheel drive, front longitudinal engine with the engine behind the axle and the transmission in front, used by no one today. Like Citroen Traction Avant, DS, Renault 16 and 5. It gets the engine weight back farther so the car is less nose heavy and leaves room for the spare (they were full size then, and existed) under the front hood.

    1. That’s a very interesting layout and certainly will be interesting in terms of balance. Perhaps the only downside would be to move the cabin further back or intrusion into the cabin.
      But thanks for the heads up, This will be added in the updated version soon.

  3. The information about Mitsubishi Evo [X, presumed] is incorrect. The system is called S-AWC for Super-All Wheel Control. The Evo X does not have a center differential. It has a transaxle with a 50:50 permanent torque split front back. The system also has a hydraulic pump which activates 3 sets of clutch packs. The first clutch pack located in the transaxle allows full to no locking between the tranxaxle and the rear diff. The other two clutch packs are located in the rear diff which allow torque vectoring right/left. System is always AWD except in some circumstances such as e-brake activation when it temporarily becomes FWD.

    1. The Evo does have a bevel type center differential located in the transmission casing and the ‘ACD’ Clutch pack to limit the differential is located in the tranfer case (which also includes the front limited-slip differential).
      The ACD program needs to switch between an open center diff and locked when braking, cornering and exiting a corner.
      Check out the article in the Evoforums for more info on the ACD and how the program works. You will also see a PDF there showing where exactly the Center diff is located.

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