Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
First up, we have the oldest, the most tried and true, and by far the most beloved to car enthusiasts the world over: rear-wheel drive. Here, the rear wheels do all the pushing, leaving the front wheels to do the turning. When you think about what that means for the tires, the reason it’s such a good set-up for performance is obvious. Tires only have a limited amount of traction, so letting the rear tires focus purely on acceleration while the front tires focus purely on turning allows for the most efficient use of both sets.
Yes, there are drawbacks, like getting stuck in snow without much weight in back to push on the tires for added traction, but in the vast majority of situations, RWD remains king.