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moving the battery to the trunk...well if the battery weighs about 30lbs, and the car about 3000. removing 30 lbs from the front owuld be about 1% and shifting that to the back makes a 2% total difference. i don't know if nay of that makes any sense but if you're a perfectionist it might be worth it, or if you're bmw, it looks damn good on paper.

[From TEG: Well, that would go from 54/46% to 52/48% which is an improvement... I bet the battery weighs more like 50lbs though.]


[This message has been edited by TEG (edited October 23, 2000).]
 

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Originally posted by mrclam:
moving the battery to the trunk...well if the battery weighs about 30lbs, and the car about 3000. removing 30 lbs from the front owuld be about 1% and shifting that to the back makes a 2% total difference. i don't know if nay of that makes any sense but if you're a perfectionist it might be worth it, or if you're bmw, it looks damn good on paper.

[From TEG: Well, that would go from 54/46% to 52/48% which is an improvement... I bet the battery weighs more like 50lbs though.]


[This message has been edited by TEG (edited October 23, 2000).]
will u ever, ever, ever, ever, ever notice this? of course not.
 

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If it ain't broke, why fix it?
The JZ family of engines is used all over the JDM Toyota line. I tend to think of it as the workhorse of larger engines that Toyota uses...plus it comes in NA and turbocharged versions.


I'm guessing right now that Toyota is in the R&D phase of a new all-alloy 2.5-3.0L inline six engine family. Toyota is starting to phase in new all-alloy engines (like the ZZ [Celica, Corolla] family, AZ family [new RAV4], and UZ family [Lexus V8's]), so I would expect to see an all-alloy counterpart of the JZ family soon.

In summation, Toyota just doesn't have a production all-alloy inline 6 yet. I'm pretty sure they will in a few years.


Originally posted by EricK:
Now say the IS300 had an Aluminum block instead of its existing cast iron block, Would it have a near 50/50 weight distribution like that of the BMW 330i? If so, why in the world did Lexus opt to continue using the old iron block in an all new car
Eric.....
 
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