In Reply to: Do you mean like this? posted by Sean H on December 15, 2000 at 16:46:01:
This is very dangerous -- axle can fold under a car in a turn causing the car to flip over.
I find it hard to belive that any modern car would repeat such a terrible design error, but it looks like someone has.
(in response to other post)
A few early RWD Fiats had swing axles (the 850 for example) but most were either a live axle (124 Spyder) or did it with a double joint so that the wheel stays |----| or /----\ (X 1/9 for example)
BTW anyone who tells you that you can't adjust camber on an X1/9 is wrong -- just slot the struts.
As an aside, I've seen some FWD cars and econoboxes with rear wheels like this: \----/ (not that extreme, of course). Does anyone have an idea as to why? I really don't see this as a way to prolong tire life, but I may be wrong.