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6 months, 4 weeks ago on Sébastien Loeb Tests The 208 T16 Pikes Peak
It's a championship. I feel like as long as the two drivers took a 1-2 finish, who cares who came first? I think this is indicative of F1's overbearing political environment. At the end of the day, it's a race. #nocompromise
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Discussion: Red Bull Drama At F1 Malaysia
Everyone needs to have "that road." Even driving a 4x4 around can be fun as long as there's a manual transmission and a person that knows what they're doing behind the wheel.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Pursuing Performance
I'm honored guys. Thank you.
10 months ago on #iamthespeedhunter: Follow The Light
I like how the car stereo appears to be listening to "Yes sir I can boogie" by Baccara. 70's disco awesomeness to back up that Lambo name.
10 months ago on Liberty Walk + A Vent + A Door = Insanity
The real issue with this debate is that an engine is not something to be taken lightly. Every car has a soul. It comes through from its original design and intent. When you say, take an American V8 and slap it into a lightweight European/Japanese car, you destroy the original purpose that the car's designer spent his time working on. Seeing as how you chose that car for your platform, you owe your respects to the person that made that platform available. Not only that, but without serious re-engineering, the car is all but ruined based on the variables of weight distribution, drive-ability, etc. Sure it's possible and can be sorta cool, but what's the point really?
Now, I also can see how in many cases, the vehicle platform needs serious loads of power. The common way of solving this issue is to build your own platform from the ground up. Sure, the body panels may represent something (IE, a Toyota pickup), but the actual structure and drivetrain of the vehicle is original and made for a purpose.
That being said, I think there is great validity in cool swaps. I prefer the original (or some variant) of the original engine personally. For example, a 152e (2-TG race variant) would be the coolest engine ever to have in my TE-27. It's still the same basic design from the original, just beefed up, and exclusive.
With the relative ease and availability of getting powerful and inexpensive engines from other Marques, it's no surprise to see that people "bastardize" their platforms. I think a good compromise is to keep it in the family. I also think it's a shame when I see a cool car that is personally ruined for me because there's an engine in it that sorta ruins it. V-8's are a two edged coin because they are compact and powerful, but also just kinda tacky.
In closing, which would you rather see for an all-out Gatebil-esque build? A Toyota Supra chassis with the Toyota 1GZ-FE 5.0 L V-12 all souped up? Or the same car with an LS series V8, or a Viper V10, or something along those lines?
1 year, 2 months ago on Poll: The Engine Swap Debate