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Drive wheels on tanks

Discussion in 'Post-World War 2 Armour' started by sa tiger, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. sa tiger

    sa tiger New Member

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    This has probably been discussed previously, but if not... Why was the drive wheels on a tank such as a Tiger1 (and I guess most WW2 tanks) located at the front of the tank?

    Modern tanks such as the Leopard has its drive wheels at the back from what I saw. Most tanks (WW2 and modern) has its engines at the back in any case, which obviously simplifies the drive layout.

    Any help?
     
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    It has been mentioned before. As I recall it boiled down to the fact that a front drive wheel gives better traction but is more vunerable to damage
     
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    Why can't they just make them 4-wheel drive, or 14-wheeled drive? Think about it, a SUV tank, we might be onto something here.....
     
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    It could be due to the fact that the driver sits at the front, so it's convenient to have the gearbox there, plus the drive controls to each side. Remote control mechanisms were vague and unreliable in those days.

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    it will required a complex transmition and a lot of differentials, and this will add more weight, a dead one, to the vehicule
     

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