Re: Build the GTHO and why they should
As nice as it would be to have a HO in your garage, I dont think it will happen without a lot of debate. To be honest, Im surprised that by now someone hasnt already kicked up a stink about the power capabilities of the BOSS engines.
Now don't get me wrong, I am all for having GTs with 290's under the bonnet, but what I am saying is that when you look at the reasons why the last lot of GT's and HO's didnt get built, its surprising those issues havent come up again now, where a fairly run of the mill XR8 will get you controlling 260kW right out of the car yard.
If HO's were to make a re-appearance, I would be suggesting that Ford follow BMW's lead and limit their capabilities to avoid everyday drivers getting a little bit out of control with the 300+kW. For those of you who dont know, BMW's M series come with a speed limiter which is removable, but only by BMW, and they will only remove it if you can provide them with a valid CAMS (or equivalent) licence. I think this is a bloody good idea, because it still allows those who dont hold a licence like that to have the car they've always wnated, but it gives those who have the training and ability to control the car better than most drivers the oppotunity to put their skills into practice.
If a HO comes out, I really think that's what they should do - still make them available, but limit them. I think most people (bar performance enthusiasts) would agree that 290kW under the bonnet of a GT is more than enough (as in all honesty sometimes I think people only up their kW's for the 'brag factor'), and anything more than that is probably getting a bit dangerous (in the wrong hands).
Besides, I think the primary buyers of GTHO's would be people like us, who are interested in performance and all aspects of cars - that includes knowing how to properly handle and control a car in all conditions. That being the case, I'm sure most would actually want to undertake a driving course to make sure they got the very most from their new HO.
I realise I'm probably going to get told to stop being a wimp etc etc, its just that I would hate to see a GTHO crashed for 2 reasons:
*the death of the driver
*the death of the car.
2002 Focus CL Hatch
too slow..............for now