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Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
9/14/16 2:27 p.m.
Thinkkker
Thinkkker UltraDork
9/14/16 2:53 p.m.

That fixes everything wrong with the RX8 and adds a bit more issues in and of itself. I want this.....

HappyAndy
HappyAndy PowerDork
9/14/16 3:02 p.m.

For the guy who say the RX8 lacks torque, and for the guy that says he doesn't like high revving furrin' engines, or for the guy that wants the best handling rig at the truck & tractor pull.

pres589
pres589 UberDork
9/14/16 3:02 p.m.

They list it as a "drift car". I kind of don't see the 300 inliner as a great motor for that purpose...

Thinkkker
Thinkkker UltraDork
9/14/16 3:10 p.m.
pres589 wrote: They list it as a "drift car". I kind of don't see the 300 inliner as a great motor for that purpose...

I mean, it should spin the tires off idle right? So......perfect?

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
9/14/16 3:32 p.m.

I usually like the weird and strange, but that just doesn't make sense. You might as well have installed a tractor engine in it. It doesn't even have the cool factor of being a turbo diesel.

The guy must be British.

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim UltimaDork
9/14/16 3:43 p.m.

Nah, in Britain they'd just drop in a Rover V8...

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
9/14/16 3:45 p.m.

That's horrible. I've had a couple of trucks with that motor and they sucked even in a truck. People talk about how unkillable they are but they don't talk about how much you'll want to kill yourselves every time you floor it trying to actually accelerate.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
9/14/16 3:51 p.m.

sure is a pretty ponderous choice. supposedly those engines really wake up with a turbo.

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/turbo-ford-i6s/36236/page1/

mndsm
mndsm MegaDork
9/14/16 5:20 p.m.

Ben texted me this. It's so bizarre.

BlueInGreen44
BlueInGreen44 Dork
9/14/16 5:25 p.m.

So someone had an RX8 with a dead engine, a wrecked truck with a good engine, and a bad case of boredom/drunk?

That's the only explanation I can come up with.

Trans_Maro
Trans_Maro PowerDork
9/14/16 5:30 p.m.

No worse than the diesel Miata that some of you were getting wet over.

NickD
NickD Dork
9/14/16 5:31 p.m.

"Big block ford". Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

BlueInGreen44
BlueInGreen44 Dork
9/14/16 5:53 p.m.

In reply to Trans_Maro:

At the very least the ridiculous Miata had some value in being... well... ridiculous. This is just confusing and potentially underwhelming.

BrokenYugo
BrokenYugo UltimaDork
9/14/16 6:57 p.m.

In reply to NickD:

The 240/300 is the "big block" 6.

petegossett
petegossett UltimaDork
9/14/16 8:31 p.m.

That shifter...

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
9/14/16 9:03 p.m.

In reply to Trans_Maro:

Well, I wasn't getting wet over the 4bt Miata, but in its defense, it wasn't pushing 84hp out of its overweight iron lump. And yes that's the factory power rating for this E36 M3ty boat anchor motor.

ProDarwin
ProDarwin PowerDork
9/14/16 9:15 p.m.

^ Wikipedia says 165 hp/275lb-ft

Still weak for this car. If it were boosted I could see it being fun for a short while.

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
9/14/16 11:08 p.m.

In reply to ProDarwin:

Oops I was looking at the little Falcon inline six. That's what i get for skimming Wikipedia. I thought that sounded low but then I remembered what driving my old f150 in traffic was like. ;)

JtspellS
JtspellS SuperDork
9/14/16 11:48 p.m.

Uhhhhhhhh......... I mean............

I get, understand, and appreciate odd things, but this is odd for the sake of being odd in a bad way.

Call me just plain confused.

TiggerWelder
TiggerWelder Reader
9/15/16 7:07 a.m.

I would think this would be a lower performance and higher cost option than a lot of other swaps!

HappyAndy
HappyAndy PowerDork
9/15/16 7:29 a.m.

I've owned several trucks and vans with the Ford 300 I6. I freakin love that engine, as a truck engine. Someday I want to get one of the last F150s or Broncos with that engine and add a light pressure turbo system with MS to see what it can do. I wouldn't be expecting a race engine, just a 300 turned up to "11".

The only car I could ever imagine putting that engine in would be a big fat 70's land yacht, but most of FoMoCo's 70's land yachts came with better engines. It would have to be something with an already broken 351/400m.

Back on topic, I think that RX8 is going to suck pretty bad, even as a drift car. Based in the pic of the shifter, they are using the truck gearbox, definitely not a sporting choice.

The_Jed
The_Jed PowerDork
9/15/16 8:48 a.m.

I'm a big fan of the 300 too, but in a truck or cruiser, like Andy said.

That being said I still kind of want that RX8. I wouldn't go through the trouble of building it but I would definitely drive it.

I'll bet it the fuel economy is better with the six.

Furious_E
Furious_E Dork
9/15/16 9:16 a.m.

I think someone just said "what is the most opposite engine to a Renesis" and came up with this. If that was actually their goal, I think they did pretty well.

Robbie
Robbie UltraDork
9/15/16 11:07 a.m.
Furious_E wrote: I think someone just said "what is the most opposite engine to a Renesis" and came up with this. If that was actually their goal, I think they did pretty well.

Electric motor. Max torque at 0 rpm, 0 torque at max RPM.

this is close though.

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