Love the enthusiasm for your project Joe. Look forward to the Blackleaf identity.
My project has really no stones left unturned. I believe in the coupe pure and simple. All its basic attributes can be accentuated with careful development of the car in every area.
I won't kid you it can be frustrating modding a GT, it's not always clear cut. Just when you have sorted one thing, another needs attention. You need to have a sense of direction and theme with your project and what you want to achieve. Keep an open mind and talk to the best in the game. I am fortunate to have the experience of Ned and Joel at JTD performance for information and motivation.
Also spending money developing a JTD to a higher level to some people is a joke. But the engine has potential. The 3.2 V6 is the masterpiece for sure, but i do have reservations of the reality of ownership, versus the whole romance of owning such an engine. I think i would need more power after a while. Some people would say that defeats the object. But then again i am not "some people". Hence why i chose the tunable turbocharged engine option. Now if i can manage to make her sound half decent with Dan's help at Wizard i will be very happy indeed.
well Damien, I have a few reasons why developing a diesel is not a waste of time..
1) the porsche panamera, if a performance car manufacturer like porsche can find a place in the line up for a diesel engine maybe its not so silly after all, and the basic concept is exactly the same, a sporty GT with a diesel engine. ok the execution from the germans will be far better than from Alfa but they are 65k a pop.
2) range..isn't the point of a GT car to comfortably and practically cover large distances in style?..well for me the diesel engined GT does this better than the petrol car due to the decreased need for fuel stops, capable of 650+ miles per tank it blows both the 3.2 and the 2.0 jts away in this area.
3) economy. nuff said
4) the GT is NOT a straight out sports car, doing away with the need for a sports car engine, and lets be honest only the 3.2 can exceed the performance capabilities of the JTD and htis comes at a high cost financially.
5) historically GT cars have been petrol only because in the golden days of the grand tourer diesel was not available as a choice, only in the modern era has it been possible, given that Porsche,BMW,Mercedes Audi, have all made sports inspired smokers, is it that much of a leap to assume that were the technology available that some of the classic petrol coupes may well have come as a diesel option..?
the only real difference is sound, especially at idle and I admit its not my favourite noise, but I am also aware that's down to years of preconceptions of how an engine should sound. the longer I own my car for the less of a problem it is.