It is hard to dispute that powering 2 out of the 3 wheels is better than powering just one. FWD works very well on an RT. It is just interesting however that most people when talking about FWD RTs, visualize the entire drive train package in the front.
Placing the motor ahead of or between the drive wheels on front drive makes sense to me, giving the best traction. With no intrusion of transmission or driveshaft into the passenger area, its also more space efficient than any other configuration.
What is the advantage of placing the engine on the end opposite the drive wheels?
Placing the engine up front also requires everything else to be there as well. Dimensions of the engine limit styling options and really dictate how things will end up looking. It might be more space efficient but ends up looking ugly IMO.
Going well. Have over 1500 miles on it. Still using the open diff. Not that happy with the American made transmission as it is noisier than I would like. Thinking of going to a Japanese tranny. Life has gotten in the way the last few months and there never seems to be enough hours in a day. Currently playing with fiberglas to construct some new intake air (to rad) ducts.