Walter Christie (based in NY city) tried to promote his patented front wheel drive automobiles from 1904 to 1910. He raced against legends like Barney Oldfield and Louis Chevrolet. He raced in two Vanderbilt Cup events as well as the 1907 French Grand Prix.
Christie never had much luck and the half dozen or so cars he built are not thought to exist.
The Christie shown below had front wheel drive & independent front suspension with a transverse 4 cylinder engine of 828cuin, putting out 80hp@1000rpm and 430ftlbs of torque.
This is the Christie 'Blue Flyer' at Ormond Beach, January 1905.