Originally Posted by Vickt
You guys are talking semantics because even dry awd only helps cornering by letting you accelerate earlier after the apex and put the power down.
Piobare seems to be talking about the entire process of a turn where you accelerate out of the apex... Yes I think awd is better.
Dah seems to be talking about a situation where every tire is under complete lateral load with no traction left for acceleration... Yes awd will do nothing there.
Yay everyone can be right.
I don't think that's what dah was talking about. And AWD systems can help handling, but how they do so is different for different systems, because AWD is not one generic system. For example, the vaunted Audi Quattro system cannot divert 100 percent of driving torque into a single wheel, nor can it overdrive that wheel (ie. adding more torque than it is diverting) unlike Honda's SH-AWD or even the later versions of BMW's xDrive. That affects handling in a pretty major way. AWD and RWD and FWD systems all have different suspension setups and tuning so you cannot drive them the same way and expect the same results.
For track driving, AWD can put power down earlier than RWD, but that's mostly useful in the case where torque exceeds your car's traction limits at that point in time. Most AWDs will power understeer if you get on the gas too early.
Of course, this discussion assumes that you have some reasonable amount of traction: that your tires can grip the ground. If they can't, then it's all moot.