The 1980–84 Brazilian VW Gol was notable for combining Volkswagen’s Type 1 Beetle motor with a modified version of the Audi 80/Fox chassis. To the uninitiated gearhead, opening the hood on a front-engined car to find the venerable VW air-cooled boxer staring back at him or her might be enough to induce vertigo.
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Last Call: Reversed Engineering Edition
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I’m always confused about where the front of the engine is in a rear engine car.
In almost 15 years of designing engine-related stuff in rear-engined off-highway construction equipment I’ve found it most efficient (at least when talking to an engine supplier) to call the end of the engine that has the water pump & alternator / closest to cylinder #1 the “front” & the end with the flywheel nearest cylinder #n for an n-cylinder engine the “rear”, even if the engine’s in the machine sideways or mounted so the flywheel end is actually forward.
But does it go as fast in reverse as it does forward? Also, there is a place in Norway where these should be popular for no rational reason at all:
Wow, that’s mad. My first thought was that’s an Audi 50/Polo platform surely? But no, it is indeed a mashup of Audi 80 B1/B2/Fox.
This is the sort of stuff very specifically punitive/social engineering tax regimes creates – sometimes it’s terrible, like big cars with tiny engines for the Irish/Spanish/Italian market. Sometimes it’s awesome, like Japanese Kei cars, sometimes it’s just..weird, like this thing.
VW Brazil did eventually see sense and put the ubiquitous VAG OHC 4 in longitudinally like it’s Audi 80 forbear, renamed it the Voyage, and sold it in the US as the VW Fox.
The Ford Corcel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Corcel was an equally odd mashup of Renault 12 underpinnings with Ford styling.
Three lugged wheels, just like a proper French car. And as many facelifts as a Fox Mustang.
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