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Old 11-07-2012, 11:12 PM   #31 (permalink)
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How about 908 longtail Porsche: Mixing classic with performance with aero to come out with a fun blend average; especially if you fit it with an ecomodder type motor!!!

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I have always wanted a Smart Roadster. It would be a perfect daily driver.



Although they do look a little odd from the front...



This gives a pretty good idea of how small it is.



I actually saw one on my way to work once years ago and I just had to know what it was. They were never sold in the states and I have no idea how that guy got his hands on one, but I have wanted one ever since.
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I have always wanted a Smart Roadster. It would be a perfect daily driver.



Although they do look a little odd from the front...



This gives a pretty good idea of how small it is.



I actually saw one on my way to work once years ago and I just had to know what it was. They were never sold in the states and I have no idea how that guy got his hands on one, but I have wanted one ever since.
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How about 908 longtail Porsche: Mixing classic with performance with aero to come out with a fun blend average; especially if you fit it with an ecomodder type motor!!!
You beat me to it ! I love that car .
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I have always wanted a Smart Roadster. It would be a perfect daily driver...
Agreed but the engines are a little, er, carp - rapid wear and no benefit in terms of FE, life or powah.

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1974 Mini Cooper 1.3s

Usable lighting/active grill block? Cause why else would you need a 1/2 ton car, tiny engine front wheel drive that was banned from rally? oh wait, thats a great reason! Who needs a "Smart" these days?
1974 ? Jeebus man the Cooper S was gone by then to be replaced by the delightful Clubman 1275GT - apparently BL didn't like paying Mr Cooper a royalty on each car with the badge.



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was on the 1968 Monte - 5th overall I think - tail end of the Cooper revolution. The Coopers were banned from the 1966 rally for "having iodine vapour, single filament bulbs in their standard headlamps instead of double-filament dipping bulbs" according to Wikipedia - I only know it was the lights.

As for a grill block that could have been a good idea. Just behind the grill is the distributor which sits on the front "side" of the engine - where of course rain would hit it and stop it working. The radiator was on the passenger side of the engine bay cooled by a viscous fan. It was moved to the front in (I think) 1997 when the car also got FI.
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Agreed - much improved when JWA sawed off the rear end so it didn't try and take off at 200 MPH+
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True, but what I meant is that the actual toyota gt86 was developed in partnership with subaru. The motor is different than the impreza motor, but still an actual subaru boxer engine. Subaru even has it's own version of the car called the BRZ. The same car apart from some interior and the fascias. I do love these cars though, everyone seems to hate the rims but I don't mind them. I've been trying to talk my buddies into letting me drive one of them.

Here is the subaru:
subaru brz - Google Search
The key thing here is that this is a proper use of the boxer engine - low down, as far back as possible - the key RWD layout - and I prefer FWD. Unlike normal Subes where the unit is very forward and "constrained" by the 4wd system. The standard Boxer 4 as used by Subaru has no advantage really over a transverse 4cyl inline. I'm also not a fan of the "dum-dum" noise - glad the GT-86 doesn't have it.

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