A sports car is generally a car designed for high performance, including acceleration, handling, top speed, or the thrill of racing. Sports cars originally originated in Europe in the mid-1900s and are made by many different manufacturers around the globe. In recent years, sports cars have been marketed all over the world, but because they are still relatively new, many people do not know much about them. With that in mind, I have written this article to give you a brief introduction on the history of sports cars. After reading this article, hopefully you will be able to learn a bit more about the history of sports cars and understand why they are so popular.
One of the most defining characteristics of sports cars is the simple and straightforward design. The classic ‘box-car’ layout has generally been the most popular since its inception. It was designed to maximize the driver’s comfort by providing a streamlined cabin that has very little room to passengers. Sports cars also need to be very fast, with often less body roll. Because of these factors, speed is usually the main focus of the layout, with handling and aerodynamics being secondary. This is why you often see sports cars with straight lines and low drag.
Most modern sports cars are either two-seat layout or a convertible. Although a two-seat layout can allow for a larger passenger, it generally offers poor handling and is often less safe as the lack of a foot-space in the back. A convertible is similar to a sports car in its layout and uses one or both seats to provide better balance, greater space in the boot, and increased speed. These cars however, are limited by the height of the roof and wind resistance. They also tend to suffer from the same structural concerns as a two-seat layout.
Some sports cars have been developed for racing and manufacturers have followed this by releasing limited edition models. Examples of this include the Pagane CF naturally aspirated car, Ferrari 4-door SC and Spider (designed with the help of .A two-seater sports car, however, will typically be lighter, have a smaller wheelbase and the much lower handling. These cars tend to be more stable when on the throttle as they don’t have high ground clearance and have better high-speed handling. However, they also have worse handling in tight turns.
The third layout option for sports cars is the rear-wheel drive (RW) layout. Commonly used for racing purposes, the AWD layout has gained popularity as an alternative to sports cars due to its efficiency, reliability and performance. The AWD layout is an evolution of the two-seater GT layout. It first entered the car scene in the mid-1990s in NASCAR with the Ford Mustang. Over the years, many other vehicles have adapted the AWD technology including the BMW ESU and the Mercedes CLK.
The fourth alternative is the Ferrari FF’s (ff) sporty two-seater coupes. Most successful sports cars are rear-wheel drive because it maximizes space and handling capabilities. However, the new FF combines a rear-wheel drive with a front-wheel drive. The result is greater practicality and greater speed capabilities. The FF has received mixed reviews, especially since it has limited power and torque compared to a Porsche 911.
The fifth possible layout is that of the four-wheel drive (4WD) sports cars. Cars like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3 are the first examples of how a four-wheel drive can be effective in off-road conditions. Unfortunately, this setup is not applicable for Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari SC. Another drawback is that all-wheel drive requires special suspension and handling techniques which only car manufacturers that design luxury sports cars are capable of developing.
As you can see, there are two main types of sports car. Depending on your driving style and budget, you will choose one of the alternatives. I hope these examples gave you some food for thought as to what type of car will work best for you.