Originally Posted by Puma Pimp
cheers that is excatly what i was looking for AndyBrad.
i have to look at both really carefully and the image of the mx5 doesnt bother me one bit, people see the puma as a girls car and i love it, im not that confident that i could handle a rwd but then ive never drivin one.
i do alot of motorway work plus theres a lot of country lanes on my cummute. so im really looking at the cars very closly. if what you say is true about the mx5 i wont get one. my main problem is that although i am a safe driver most of the time, theres always that point were im driving the car hard. in a fwd i know that i aint going in a bush. but with rwd drive although the best setup in a car i cant be that confident.
RWD is less of an issue than you think.
The key to the handling of the TF is that it is mid engined.
It sounds strange but if you put your left elbow on the arm rest, thats where the centre of the weight of the car is. So if you start power sliding the car, your reference is right next to you.
In a FWD car, you are behind the weight of the car. So its feels like you are on a pendulum of where the weight is. So as you go round a corner - you follow that weight in front, if you slide, then the motion is that of a pendulum.
The advantage of the mid engined layout is that the car is better balanced, and you get far more grip on each corner of the car. The disadvantage of the mid engined car is that when you lose grip on all four corners - things go very wrong - VERY quickly.
The advantage of the FWD car is that although you have less grip as its all at the front, when you lose grip on the front wheels you still have the rears doing something. And thats the bit that saves you from the hedge.
However, to lose control of a TF you are either being very very stupid, eg fast cornering in the wet, or you hit something in the road like ice or grease. But again, you got to be going some to fall foul.
Its worth noting what engine layout all the great super cars have. You'll find the MG is in great company.