I think lightweight bodies would be a great way to differentiate and justify the cost of the FTE model fords.
As for extra weight, I'd love the fords to have the same build quality as the European cars. If you've ever had a drive of a newish VW Golf, you'll know how much of a difference build quality can make to a otherwise drab car (SOHC, live rear end).
Originally posted by IPhido Where will the weight mainly come from? Suspension, sound proofing, equipment...
The new lightweight IRS is rumourd to have added weight to the car.. Go figure?
Bear in mind, Barra chassis would've been refined to allow Raptor to be born as well. I think this is one of the reasons why internal weight targets have been missed..
Originally posted by IPhido ...lighter AV componentry? has this got something to do with the Magnesium mining?
How heavy is too heavy? would you say 100kg more for the standard model is? I would say so, and im NOT hinting anything!
I really hope they make an attempt to reduce the weight of the Tickford cars.
The last thing we would want is a GTHO weight 1800kg
1999 AU XR8
14.594 @ 94.40mph
152.2RWKW (APS dyno)
Switchable Shift Kit, K&N panel filter, Lukey straight thru mufflers, momo gear and steer,
DBA slotted rotors/Bendix ultimate pads (front), Pioneer MP3 head unit and BA XR carpet mats.
40kg up is what I've heard as well. If it adds to refinement and makes it a better car, then so be it. When VT was released the weight over VS went up substantially but the buying public did not seem to care as we all know.
FM, the lighter IRS is lighter than the current IRS but it's heavier than the live axl.
Guys, I thought the article said that the Barra had not met internal weight targets. That does not mean it will be a heavy car. The AU didn't meet the original target for weight, but still came in lighter than the EL.
The target Ford would have set would have been a reduction on the AU's weight, so maybe the car will weigh as much as an AU, maybe less. Who knows ??? .... just seems like a long time to wait for the final answers.
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