Henri probably meant that they realized in 1998 that a longer car is beneficial and have ever since been stretching them as much as the width allows.
In fact, I have first hand evidence of such knowledge to be used some 50 years earlier.
In a letter written by Merrill `Doc` Williams to a friend of him, he wrote about the Front Drive Novi that he had driven at Indianapolis in 1947 and how the engineers of that car had wanted it to have the long wheelbase it had. 106 Inch while 96 was the minimum. The intention was to have a stable car in a straight line, as smooth as possible over the front straigth, at that time still all-brick. That did indeed work as predicted but the car wasn't as easy going through the corners as smaller wheelbased cars were. But to be honest, I think that the latter was also the result of the FWD Novi being a terminally understeered pig in the corners due to its front drive and to make things worse, it also lacked a differential.
But straight line stability was still very good as long as the car did not suffer from wheel spin due to its tremendous torque and power with the majority of the weight of the car behind behind the driven wheels, thus not enhancing the application of all that brutal force.
But I'll save all of you from further details now, there has been enough comments about the diversion of the original topic. But I felt I owed you this explanation so that's why I post this diversion after all.
Back to MaccaInfo again.
Edited by Henri Greuter, 02 October 2023 - 17:49.