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    Double engine cars?

    So I had this idea about cars with two engines. First of all I have no idea is this old, so don't flame me if it is.
    I'm talking about concepts or modified cars which have 2 engines, preferably one in the front and one in the back. The idea is:
    What if we make one engine drive rear wheels and the other will drive front wheels? (there would be 2 separate and independant units) Is this a good idea or bad? Could it boost preformance? I thought that we could take this a little further and install 2 pedals, each for every engine (similiar to separate brake pedals for rear and front wheels in race cars). Maybe it could give the driver more control. Tell me what you think.
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    Jeep hurricane had two hemis in it one in the front and one in the back ill post a pic courtesy of Nopassn
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    Citroen 2CV Sahara meets all your requirements

    http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/frame...hp&carnum=1870

    Also the Mini Moke had a two engined version
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    Seperate control is a bad idea
    The ones I've seen use linked accelerator cables, share clutch and gear linkages.

    Otherwise you coudl change one to 3rd the other still in second and succeed in pulling your vehcile apart Or how abotu accidently put one in reverse and the other in first. Good for generating wheel smoke for sure
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    that peugeot hoggar concept has 2 Hdi engines
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotterik
    that peugeot hoggar concept has 2 TDCi engines
    I suppose they call them HDi engines at Peugeot
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    what if the front engine drove the back wheels and the back drove the front
    pondering things

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    Quote Originally Posted by targa
    what if the front engine drove the back wheels and the back drove the front
    than you would create unnecessary problems
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    Quote Originally Posted by henk4
    than you would create unnecessary problems
    define necessary
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    Quote Originally Posted by targa
    define necessary
    the minimal number of things you have to do reach a predefined objective
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    A few years ago Mosler was promoting a twin-engined Cadillac Eldorado, apparently well engineered and supposedly offered in turn-key form. C&D tested one, it seemed a positive review

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    Quote Originally Posted by nota
    A few years ago Mosler was promoting a twin-engined Cadillac Eldorado, apparently well engineered and supposedly offered in turn-key form. C&D tested one, it seemed a positive review
    http://www.caranddriver.com/article....rticle_id=3563

    I had to go read it. Interesting, takign two different engines makes it a MUCH bigger challenge. Tryign to match the power/torque woul dhave been hard
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    I hope they got the electronics right, it would be nightmariesh if during hefty cornering one of the engines decides to shift gear, creating violent over/understeering reactions, depending on which engine it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henk4
    the minimal number of things you have to do reach a predefined objective
    and if my predefined objective was to build a car with two engines and have the front engine drive the back and so, those would be necessary problems
    pondering things

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    John Cooper had a twin engined Mini, basically fitted a second engine/gearbox/subframe in the back. I believe a driveshaft broke and caused quite an accident :S Someone has created a replica, from what i rememeber seeing in MiniWorld they shared clutch and gear linkages, but had a split accelerator pedal; each half of it controlled each engine. You could kinda lean your foot on one side and rev one engine, and so one axle, more than the other, the idea being (with some practise) you could balance the speed differential between front and rear. I didnt actually buy that issue so thats all i can remember of it

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