A few things - yes, the weight is a major part of it. I would have pulled it off the green car a long time ago, except that it's hiding so much rust, I couldn't bear to do that. I like to keep up appearances, LOL.Andy - why can't you give the new one the Roush treatment? If it's 01/02 just swap your bumpers over. Unless you're really trying to keep the weight off this next time around.
Also I would need to have the entire kit re-sprayed, and I'm not interested in dealing with that right now either.
I will certainly keep the Roush kit in the basement or something for someday when I do decide to move on to another race platform and want the Cougar to go back into cool daily driver mode. But as long as the 3.0 has all its connecting rods, that might be a long time!
This new car is going to be 100% sleeper, until you get close enough to see the 4-point harnesses and chassis braces inside...
EDIT: regarding the "fleet" - I have 4 right now, soon to be 5, but quickly going back down to 4. I had 5 for quite a while with my 99 Laser Red, but I was definitely kicking my self daily for being so ridiculous. I think 4 is a fine, sensible number for 2 people.
Focus ST is the contemporary family car with all the room and the Sync and the 4 doors and the hatchback and the turbocharger.
Bullitt is the garage queen Grand Tourer with all the rumbly V8 noise and the cars-and-coffee murders and the Steve McQueen.
Cougar is the lightweight grip-monster autocross track star that punishes you on the street.
MINI Cooper S is the el-cheapo who-cares, drive-it-anywhere, park-it-anywhere, supercharger-whining bad-weather-beating hilarious fun-haver.
And I think there's room in anyone's life for all those things.