Ah! "(I)n the end you have to be able to sell them" means FRAN needs to sell SLC's. Got it! Yes, he must sell them, and I am so glad he did, and that he has!Les, what I was referring to with the " in the end you have to be able to sell them" was that the original SLC concept that envisioned using a transverse front engine type engine /gearbox package mounted in the mid engine location. As far as I know Fran built one as a proof of concept but never really pursued the design. He and I had discussed it using a Audi A4 power train back then as well as a Acura system as well. That had to be more than 15 years ago I would think.
He changed focus and the current SLC is the result. I think you will agree that everyone benefited from that with what, a couple of hundred sold? If Fran has done one thing he has produced products that customers want to buy and at a price point that makes that possible. Good ol American capitalism is alive and well in Detroit.
A high output 4 banger and max attention to weight saving would be a very interesting track car design if it saved 200-300 or more pounds from a V8 (same power) version. But in the end of the mental exercise I had on the subject I concluded that a big torque V8 would be easier to drive on a track for most of us fat old men. I know I was right as far as my car went on this one. By the way I have a 450HP 5 speed SLC on ZO6 size Hoosiers that I believe will forever be faster that I can drive it for what it's worth.
ive been dreaming up some pretty sick engine possibilities for my future SLC. im thinking of an RB26DET turbo engine from a Nissan skyline, or maybe even a 2JZGTE from the Toyota supra mated with a Graziano because i know it will be able to handle the power for what i would like. i could picture one of these JDM beauties mounted in the back of an SLC. if you guys have any input on this, or think of any better swaps..let me know how you feel about it.:idea:
I wonder about the size of Mercury Racing LS7. It is about 3 inches longer and a big wider too. How much modification to the chassis would be required?
My earlier car, a BMW E36 M3 with turbo, 750hp for driving and kicking tiers lose in 1 and 2 gear but not 3 gear straight forward with 255 regular street tiers in the back.Fredrik:
for 2500lbs or so, why would you need 1000hp? and how on earth will you put the power down without spinning out of control, I think I will have a hard enough time with the ls 376/525 crate engine AND traction control. Don't shoot me, I know more HP is cool , I had a 750hp Nissan GTR and that thing was fun as hell, but it tipped the scales at over 4000 lbs, four wheel drive, and lots of computer nannies, launch control was awesome.
Having said all that some SLC builders have gone all out on big HP engines. Good luck.