With Jac out of the picture, some think Uncle Geoff may have a bit more trouble getting approval for funding the Raptor project, and also future Falcons.
Absorb then, this paragraph from an email sent by Bill Ford to Ford employees following Jac's "retirement" posted on BON.
This business is about one thing and one thing only - great products - and everything else we do must play a supporting role to this single-minded and uncompromising objective. Therefore, I promise you that we will let nothing divert our complete focus on the automobile business. Yes, we are going back to basics.
Raptor, R5, a 4WD Falcon, whatever you want to call it = great product. In other words, give GP approval ya lousy mug!! No approval = compromise, diversion from your focus, not to mention sheer lunacy!!
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Not to cause a riot, but I don't really understand where the R5 concept will fit in?
Why is it needed and is there a market for it? I can't see it being "affordable" to the average family joe and as it's based off a Falcon sized car, it's not going to suit being a mum running down the shops type car.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for new ideas but apart from a AWD XR8/T3 type falcon (/me drools), I don't get it. :bwhoa1:
"To be afraid is to be alive - to act against that fear is to be a person of courage."
Yes, the R5 concept is the way to go, it would be a great investment.
It'll plug up a hole in the line up that the Subies and other Makes have been profiting from... 4wd Family size wagons EG:Outback, Forester.
Like I read somewhere, the 4WD fad is not diminishing, it's here to stay.
As long as Ford are not behind the times and playing catch up to the dark side. They're doing it, so we have to do it also...fast track this thing onto the market.
If this 4wd project goes forward I was wondering if Ford Oz could make thier own version of explorer. A really tough 4wd to get down and dirty with patrol/LandCruiser built for tough harsh aussie conditions. Im really excited about a 4wd as i think a falcon 4wd would be a better local alternatice to a santa fe/subaru forseter ect as well as it incorporated onto performance models such as GT.
By the way, where do they build the Holden Jackaroo?
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.
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