Ask Rod Mansfield anything

Discussion in 'Capri Chit Chat' started by Ssaxty, 12 April 2019.

  1. Ssaxty

    Ssaxty Registered Capri Power Member

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    Rod Mansfield’s team created the legendary Sierra Cosworth, Capris Injection and ‘80s RS Escorts. I'm talking to him on Tuesday. He’s writing a piece for my new second book about what it was like to engineer the RS Capris and Capri Injection. What questions have you got for him – let me know! And if I know the answer from previous discussions I'll try answering here.

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  2. Not_Anumber

    Not_Anumber Registered Capri Power Member

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    Why was the Sierra Cosworth built using the standard 2 door Sierra bodyshell shape rather than the unique bodyshell design of the XR4 ?

    What led to the decision for the Mk3 Escort to be fwd whilst the larger cars in the range remained rwd ?
     
  3. Ssaxty

    Ssaxty Registered Capri Power Member

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    The first one is easy - that’s all in my book and a long story.

    Second one is that the Escort needed to go FWD because of packaging advantages and drivability - buyers obviously prefer over RWD. There’s the obvious opposite-lock heroes but they would be 1% of the overall market. specifically in Escort though it also needed to use the Fiesta powetrains to pay off that program because of the cost of developing a FWD transaxle and the Bordeaux plant to make it. Hal Sperling only signed off the FWD Escort if it used some of the Fiesta floorpan as a further cost saving.
     

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