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Generally rear engine cars like the 911 have the engine behind the rear wheels, whereas mid-engine cars like the F430, F1, and Indy cars have the engine behind the driver but in front of the rear wheels (at least that's how it's thought of in the US). This article says "rear engine" quite a bit but I think it means mid-engine or mid-rear engine. I don't think there have ever been significant numbers of true rear-engine cars in any Formula racing, however, other than Panoz in GT, almost all Formula racing uses mid-engine cars.188.8.131.52 (talk) 15:06, 7 November 2008 (UTC)Me
Certainly, your point is technically correct. The standard usage in racing, however, seems to me to be "rear-engine," including by John Cooper himself in his autobiography, The Grand Prix Carpetbaggers. And the changeover in chassis type at Indianapolis is invariably described as the "rear-engined revolution," no?