I like the idea of a better weight distribution on 1/8th buggies, but I'm fairly certain that the concept of moving everything over and having the centre drive train off centre has already been considered by the other designers out there. There must be a reason why they all follow the current configuration.
But maybe, it's just lack of innovation?
I often wondered why the transmission couldn't be re-designed around a truely mid engined buggy and concluded that compromises of the drive train would negate any beneficial effects of a more centralised engine.
Of the 3 possible solutions I could think of here were the downsides:
Off centre drive line -
A wider chassis, wider gearbox, shorter wishbones thus suspension compromised.
Extra idler to turn input pinion on diff:
Same problems as above plus greater rotating mass, lower efficiency and greater weight.
Keep the gearboxes similar to other designs, but make the angle of the centre driveshafts more acute:
Efficiency is compromised, along with wear on the CVD/Universal joints.
I can't wait to see how Losi got around these significant engineering problems.
If it turns out that Losi have got it right, very shortly there are going to be alot of Vacancies for CAD operators with the likes of Mugen, Xray, Kyosho, Hobao etc........
For anyone interested out there, I've got a City & Guilds in 4351 AutoCAD.