Engineeers tend to build symmetrical vehicles, unless dealing with uneven forces (think oval track racer) or you’re some kind of next-level genius. That means car engines tend to be placed as close as practical to the vehicle centerline. But sometimes, unique design parameters or a strong case of whimsy result in cars that have their powertrain obviously and intentionally located to one side of the vehicle. Your task today is to name all that you can think of.
The Caveats (there are always caveats):
- Engine means engine: offset transfer cases, differentials and passenger compartments are nice, but they don’t mean a thing if the engine is still in the middle.
- The inverse is also true. It is very common for transverse FWD (and R/R) engines to be offset to one side, but only to make room for the transaxle, so that the whole lump of engine and driveline stuff can fit neatly between the shock towers. Doesn’t count, Bubbie.
- Minor misalignment doesn’t count: “The V10 version of the second-gen Saffron PDX120i had the engine 16mm to the left to clear the steering rack.” We don’t care, Captain Formality.
- Any number of wheels (or tracks) is allowed, but let’s limit this to land vehicles: no boats, planes or underground boring machines (but you probably weren’t going to go with that last one anyway).
- In the case of multi-engine vehicles, any one offset engine counts.
Difficulty: You can probably think of one, but it may take a while; just expand your thinking. It’s an all-
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