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Old 12-07-2007, 11:33 PM   #1
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Subaru Stars Total weight reduction or F/R weight distribution more valuable?

First let me say that I'm not sure if this belongs in interior & exterior modification forum, or here.. I suppose I'll let the mods decide for me.


After doing a lot of searching I have found a few weight reduction threads but I can't seem to find anything about weight distribution for the Impreza in regards to handling. While it is apparent that you can remove a considerable amount of weight from the car my question is might it be more effective from a handling standpoint to remove weight from the front of the car and selectively relocate weight towards the rear to improve weight distribution? Obviously from a acceleration standpoint it makes no difference where the car loses weight (excepting rotating mass) but from a handling standpoint might it be better to try and achieve as closely as possible a 50/50 balance over simply removing weight any way you can?

I'm certain that the Impreza would never achieve a 50/50 weight distribution without ballast weight but it does seem that by removing weight from the front (lightweight bumper beams, etc.) but not the back and relocating components (such as the battery) to the rear of the vehicle handling might be improved over just simply removing weight..

Am I completely off base here? and if this has been covered please link to it.
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