Hmm, perhaps I should clarify the sort of 'feel' or 'vibe' I mean. Those of you who have driven a small 70's car might know what I mean (and I'd be suprised if the Escort nuts among us don't know what I mean here), when I refer to the car being 'chuckable' - as in, "chuck it into that corner". I can corner in my little Escort much faster then I'd dare corner in my girlfriends EB Falcon (call me a whimp if you really want to, but I'd much prefer to have not even 1,000kgs of car sideways then around 1,600kgs, and the escort has great weight distribution without having a big engine in the engine bay). So I guess the main things for the car I'm thinking of would be;
- Fairly short wheelbase.
- As light as possible, without using exotic (and therefore expensive) materials.
- Rear wheel drive.
- 4 cylinder (for reasons of total weight & front-rear weight distribution, as well as having good running costs if you're not too heavy on the throttle).
- Oh yeah, it'd be nice if we could also have something that sounds good, like the old Pinto or Kent engines, but I guess that may not be possible these days thanks to all the extra enviromental concerns (noise, emmissions, and so on...).
I guess 4wd would be ok, it'd be nice to have something with a ford badge on it being able to compete with those EVOs and WRXs, but if it's going to be 4wd, I'd prefer it to have at least a 66/34 power distribution, with 66% going to the rear wheels.
A Focus WRC would be awesome, I'd love one, but what I'm thinking of would be cheaper. But yeah, of course we NEED something like a Focus WRC, even if just in limited numbers. There is definately a gap left since the Escort Cosworth left the scene, and a Focus Cosworth or something simular would fill that gap nicely.
Now that I think about it, what happened to the performance 6s in medium size, RWD cars? Lets again look at the 70's for reference: Ford - Capri V6 (3L), Cortina I6 (4.1L); Holden - Torana (dunno, wasn't that the ole red I6 202?). So yeah, perhaps it'd be nice to be able to get say a BA I6 engine (even the most basic one in the line up), and have it in a car smaller then a Falcon. Even with less then 200kw on tap, if put in a smaller, lighter car, it'd easily give the Holden boys something to worry about!
Ok, I guess I'm in the minority here, so I'll just keep dreaming about the sort of car I'd be designing and building if I owned ford... :s6: