strad wrote:2004 Mustang Cobra lowered with Eibach springs and rollbars;;tower strut and a few other upgrades.
You didn't read..The AMG ,,which I previously had coveted,,, came up short not only in accleration but also in handling. I was disappointed all around since I had darn near bought one.
And..lest that crack about accelleration and curves was meant about the Corvette one should look to their record and as one that had a V-8 crammed into a TR-3 I dont think that Sprite handled very well anymore.
I had a company rebuilding TRs Strad 2a, 3, 3a 4, 4a 5, 5 a and 6, hated the 7 dolomite with the roof cut off.
They all had to have steel bars welded in the door jams to keep the body shape when worked on and the chassis' flexed like a rubber banana (ladder frame)lossening all the silly washer pack fixing bolts. They regularily broke instrument glass because of scuttle flex.
Sprite was way lighter and the MK 1 was a rigid little body, no comparison.
With IRS and worked front end it was billiant. The Sebring and LeMans versions proved the potential if underpowered.
Most V8s back then for road cars were too heavy for the TR if they had power.
Also the standard mounting was to far forward, just like the later Capri's I used to modify. Had to move the V6 Scorpio cosworth we fitted in one back six inches to get any kind of decent handling.
Best engine back then was the Daimler Hemi V8. That would tune better than the rover but had a cast iron block. Supercharged it was demon in a light sports car. Daimler Dart was ugly though.
My mustang was a fastback 70 351 Cleveland bored a stroked to 6.2 liters with an Ak Miller hill climb spec engine. Modified XJ6 front suspension and rear A frame with ladder bars when drag raced. LSD and various gearboxes rangeing from modified T10, Muncie, high stall C4, clutch flite c6 and even a clutchflite turbo 400. Manifold was often changed to run a stainless Holly using Methanol and Nitro.
SLK would make a great road rocket if kept light with decent suspension upgrades and brakes. The trouble is road jockies today dont know what light weight means.
Chapman was the man who brought proper performance in with light cars. Unfortunately modern Lotus are not realy aware of this and want to copy the blocks of flats that Ferrari build, it will be their downfall.