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53 Cool Concepts... Part XLII
It is a time honored tradition among car companies... and it makes a lot of financial sense.  Build cars with similar components.  If they can dive into the parts bin instead of designing a new piece from the ground up, they can save a lot of money.  Everything from floor architecture to minor switchgear may be shared among cars.
Image via Wikipedia A great example of this is with Chrysler.  The Charger, Magnum, 300 and Challenger all have the same underpinnings... suspensions, brakes, steering... and also (with a few exceptions) the same engine and transmission offerings.  In the case of the Charger, Magnum and 300, the front clips could be interchanged... although it wasn't a direct bolt-up.
And then there are cases like the Toyota MR2, where a common front wheel drive powertrain was relocated behind the driver to build a mid-engine, rear wheel drive car.
So... what can we do with that?
Ford has the Taurus SHO.  It is a higher powered version of a reasonably boring, but competent car.  There aren't that many front wheel drive 365hp powerplants floating around.
Image via Wikipedia Twenty years ago, Ford took the SHO powerplant and transplanted it into a Fiesta... the result ... more

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