BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: 1976 300d @460k
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
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Canadian_Yeti was correct but his statement is reinforced with a qualifier. " in the hands of a suitably experienced drive" someone who has never driven rwd in the snow or on the track would have difficulty if they do not understand the differences in the handling dynamics of the vehicle.
The following apply to front engine rear wheel drive without stability control engaged/available, rear engine rwd vehicles have their own semi unique set of guidelines.
with rwd you are able to steer the car with your right foot. with more pedal you get more over steer, (nose turns tighter into the corner) as opposed to a fwd vehicle where more application of the right foot leads into extreme under steer (nose moves away from the inner radius of the turn. with this technique you are able to enter the corner slightly accelerating to transfer weight to the rear wheels propelling you forward then once you start the turn into the corner you can do one of two things. you can increase power output the rear wheels bringing the rear end out while transferring weight back giving you traction while counter steering suitably. or you can let off the accelerator and let the rear end loose due to its inertia which wants to keep it moving at the rate it was traveling previously bringing the rear end out. now you have the weight being shifted forward loading the steering wheels while producing over steer keeping the nose of the vehicle pointed in the right direction.
You have the most precision while adding power, but you vehicle will exhibit these qualities much more rapidly when you let off the power. So once you achieve a proper nose in entrance hold a constant throttle with minor adjustments for variations in available traction.
With rwd you have the ability to not only easily control the turn in of the vehicle but you also share the forces of turning and accelerating among all four wheels(open differential disregarded)
Look where you want to go, no not at the tree in front of you, but to the exit of the corner. This really works and eliminates most of the OH $@#% factor the first few times.
Keep power application smooth and constant getting scared and suddenly letting off the throttle is the worst thing you can do. As mentioned before you will induce over steer rapidly.
It may not be glamorous so if you can find a secluded parking lot SANS CURBS, check before it snows, and away from local police take to your MB out and experience for yourself how your individual vehicle handles in low traction conditions try it with stability control on and off to see how well technology compensates for your true driving skill.
if you want a primer on FWD and rear engine RWD i'll cook one up on specal order