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Re: 4k 5+5 turbo experience...
> Actually, I was thinking of replacing one project with another ...
> my interest in formal racing isn't what it used to be and I find
> the idea of building a hot street car intriguing. It sure would be
> fun to blow away all those pesky turbo Hondas off the lights... :^)
I have these thoughts often when looking at the '83 CGT. Several years
ago, I put the bottom end of my old SCCA E Production motor into my
street-driven MGB and had a blast outaccelerating BMW 5-series cars,
Volvo turbos, and the like -- at least till we found the next weak link
in the system and got to take the motor apart once more. I got real
tired of that real fast.
The CGT seems like the ideal basis (or at least an ideal basis) for a
hot street car, for a number of reasons. First, the basic platform will
support it -- it's rigid, not too heavy, and well balanced, and I like
the looks. Second, though, is the most important point: the factory
made several high-performance engines which would come close to doubling
the car's stock power output, but do so with factory durability levels.
I thought hard about this after driving Tony Lum's '87 Coupe GT not long
ago with the 130-bhp engine, and thinking how much more I enjoyed the
way it scooted compared with my tired old 100-bhp version. And I've
been wondering ever since how much MORE fun it'd be with, say, 175
bhp... or 190 bhp... or as much as I thought those poor front tires
My problem, like JG, is that the last thing I need is another project.
But... if I were to undertake one, what would be involved in putting a
5kt engine into a CGT? And what is the end result like to drive?