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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mid-Engined Cars

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mid-Engined Cars

Posted by Glenn Rowswell on 16th July 2013

FSO Polonez

1. Possibly the most unusual mid-engined car in the world must be this FSO Polonez with a mid-mounted Lancia Stratos lump. Mental.

Honda S2000
2. Even though the engine is in the front, the Honda S2000 is technically mid-engined, as the motor is in between the front and rear axles.

Daimler Benz

3. It could be argued that the first ever car, the 1886 Daimler- Benz, was mid-engined, because the engine was… well kind of in the middle.Isdera Imperator
4. To solve the inherent visability issues with having a midmounted engine and a low roofline, the Isdera Imperator was given a roofmounted periscope.
Honda Beat
5. At just 660cc, the Honda Beat was the world’s smallest (and cheapest) mid-engined car when it was launched in 1991. Alpine A310 police car

6. The police on both sides of the Channel have used midengined vehicles. The French Gendarmes ran an Alpine A310 and our cops had a Lotus Esprit (admittedly, only as a publicity stunt).De Tomaso Vallelunga

7. De Tomaso introduced a mid-engined car in 1967, before Ferrari, Lamborghini and Lotus. It was the diminutive Vallelunga.  Mercedes C111 II
8. The first (and one of the very few) mid-engined diesels was the Mercedes C111-II, used as a testbed for wankel and diesel technologies.
Benz Tropfenwagen
9. The very first race car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout was the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen. Toyota Previa

10. What have a Bugatti Veyron and a Toyota Previa got in common? Nope, it’s not their engines it’s they’re both classed as mid-engined 4x4s!


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