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Old 11-02-2007, 08:32 AM   #1
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So what kind of Focus, *shudder*, would one want to start with around here for bragging rights? I'm new to the Focus world with the exception of a hatchback I used to get rides in when carpooling to work. Does the SVT Focus have any balls? I would guess the FWD kind of blows the whole performance thing.

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*Who here has a wing?*

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*Do you think that wing really does anything for a FWD car?*

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Old 11-02-2007, 08:42 AM   #2
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FWD blows the performance thing? Are you serious? I have had Mustangs, Falcons, and alot of other muscle cars and imports. I prefer fwd for performance driving way over rear. It all depends on what you want out of a car. If you like smokey burnouts and leaving a great set of tread marks on the ground, stay with a muscle car, if you like corners, braking, and an all-around great car, get an svt.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:48 AM   #3
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FWD blows the performance thing? Are you serious? I have had Mustangs, Falcons, and alot of other muscle cars and imports. I prefer fwd for performance driving way over rear. It all depends on what you want out of a car. If you like smokey burnouts and leaving a great set of tread marks on the ground, stay with a muscle car, if you like corners, braking, and an all-around great car, get an svt.

With good weight distribution and performance suspension, it's really hard to lose control in a well tuned car. Even a front engine RWD muscle car. In fact, I have to be cornering at VERY high speeds to break contact and even then it's just a tool to getting the ass around on a hairpin. I still get a stiffy when I feel the torque and pull while accelerating out of a turn into a straightaway.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:50 AM   #4
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In what? You didnt say what you were driving
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:53 AM   #5
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In what? You didnt say what you were driving

1974 Corvette. I thought I put it in my profile.
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when you hit about 100 mph the wing actually does do something to the car. even on a rear wheel drive car the spoiler wont do anything for the car or traction or anything like that until you hit about 90 to 100mph. so yes it can help if you are cornering at high speeds. and because the SVTF has so little weight it needs all the help it can get at high speeds to stay glued to the ground.
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A corvette owner shouldn't talk. Ive seen some extremely tasteless 'vettes. Wings, stickers, tacky accessories. Its too much of an image car for old men, never interested me at all.

Foci are light, cheap, handle well stock and are like go-karts when you upgrade the suspension, and can make decent amounts of power. FWD is only weak for drag racing, and the last time I checked road have corners. Thats where the fun is.
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There are many benefits to an AWD or FWD car, unfortunately those benefits are only extended into the realm of suspension and handling...in most cases. A car like the Focus may handle well and feel "zippy" to the owner but is there really anything performance about it?

You can add thousands of dollars in upgrades, turbos, wings, brakes, suspension, and so forth with a car like the Focus and never achieve the performance seen in larger and better engineered vehicles. This is a fact, the same amount of money put into a larger/better platform is going to deliver more in horsepower, braking power, acceleration, etc. The only thing that holds in the same category between the 2 is suspension. The smaller cars can in some cases outperform.

From a long time mechanic and vehicle restoration guy I believe these relationships hold true. There are few advantages of pouring money into a small tuner, it has inherent limitations...items that cannot be overcome. Ford has some great older platforms to start with, some worthy of being put up against a Corvette.
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and are like go-karts when you upgrade the suspension.
Can anyone say amusement park for $5 a ride? Just curious, what are they like without upgraded suspension?


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Can make decent amounts of power.
What kind of power we talking? At the drive wheels.


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Thats where the fun is.
I agree. I love twisties, and only drag when the mood strikes me.
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