Very true. Comparing a fully-prepped car to a road car isn't that useful. I bet that Jetta rips around the track! The argument I always hear against FWD is that the front wheels are asked to do too much - accelerate, brake, turn, provide traction, etc. But properly set up FWDs can definitely be fun to drive. I agree about the LSD...absolutely essential. The torque steer in high-powered FWD cars makes them terrifying to drive.
Originally posted by SalfaRomeaabI quite like my 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The racecar vs. road car isn't always a useful comparison, but FWD race cars are a hoot. I came from racing Camaros, Solstices, M3s, and Corvettes, but these Jettas fly. There are some things we have on our cars that don't work for road cars like our Pirelli slicks, and having a fully gutted and caged car isn't practical, but our other modifications are pretty straightforward. We retain factory suspension pickup points, and we just use minor engine tuning from HPA and the standard transmission. I will say that what really makes this FWD race application really effective is a good differential from Guard Transmission. I agree that RWD and AWD can make better use of big horsepower, but FWD can still be very fast and very fun.