Little and large: two performance Fords hit LA
Another classic feature from the last 20 years of TG mag: can a 'world car' work for passionate performance sub-brands?
Posted: 18 Oct 2013
Pat was right. The Palms to Pines road starts with some fairly rough, broken concrete that hits hard enough to make your eyes blur, certainly worse than anything Europe has to offer and a consequence of the Californian propensity for small but regular road-shuffling seismology. But it smoothes out as you start to climb, into a set of huge, sweeping bends of the sort we just don't get in Europe. You can load a car up fully for a good 10 seconds a pop, and the camber changes - big ones - make it literally feel like a rollercoaster. Following the GT500, I can hear that Pat is basically lolloping that huge motor along, surfing it, with occasional squirts. But there aren't many straights to use all the power and torque, and so the little Fiesta keeps harrying the big Stang, nipping at its heels. It's like watching a terrier harassing a bull.