Turn it around
Posted 07 May 2013 - 17:19
It's certainly fun to imagine a Corolla or Civic platform turned around and transformed into a zippy R/R car. Maybe moving to a 2-seat layout would free up enough space to resolve any packaging problems caused by bastardizing what would still have to be an F/F focused platform, but the target market won't care too much about losing the last margin of packaging efficiency.
Or maybe the moment is passed, now that the Civic is no longer double wishbones at all four corners.
What do you think, is this as crazy as it first sounded to me, or is there something there? Has anyone tried this approach before?
Posted 07 May 2013 - 21:33
It's certainly fun to imagine a Corolla or Civic platform turned around and transformed into a zippy R/R
Not quite what you are suggesting but for what it's worth, I have a Toyota MR2 and for me it is the Corolla-ness that lets it down: foot controls, throttle response, gearchange, "ambience" all feel Corolla-like. Not right for a relatively single-minded sports car at all.
If it was more rear engined than mid engined (as it would be if based on a Corolla platform) it might be more fun but less able. I imagine it would be cheaper to make, there are a lot of bolt on brackets and struts to bridge the hole in the bodyshell where the engine/gearbox goes.
Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:36
Posted 08 May 2013 - 13:13