well ,have to publicly comment, I was in the Swindon area last night and went for a blat with Damien in his GT.
WOW..what a machine! very go kart like in the handling, felt precise and planted and much less prone to the skittishness GT's can have on less than perfect roads, the power delivery though is something else, solid torquey and absolutely no let up right to the red line. the exhaust although not what Damien wanted is an improvement on the standard GT and I think with a couple of other cheeky mods the car could be made to sound acceptable at idle.
it feels very much like sitting in a larger displacement petrol engine in terms of the way the power goes down apart from of course the flatter torque curve and the subsequent shorter shifts...which are considerably less pronounced in Damien's car due to the hybrid turbo...its still a diesel but you soon forget that when the power goes down..
its a hell of an achievement, and although some would say its crazy I get it totally, we all love the look of the GT and the handling when right is up there with the best of them,so why not get the car you love the look of performing to the best of its capabilities?
against the price of getting a car you don't like that has the performance and then somehow making a body kit or getting some one to make a shell the cost is minimal...that would cost thousands and thousands..! there is a guy on the e36 forum that built a very nice body kit for the Z3 chassis and is easily £20,000 in...so that way is no less expensive.
I love the brera to look at for example but I don't think it will ever be possible to get one handling like a well sorted GT does,its just too heavy.
so this is the right way round to do it, get a car you love the look of that has the potential and then improve it...and I like the fact Damien has gone the extra mile to get EXACTLY the car he wants.