Something I thought might be of interest to you Honda tuners. As you know the Ford Focus has been competing for attention in the compact tuner market. In this arena Honda already has the market cornered in popularity. In my opinion Ford has done a great job with some of their designs, such as the SVT Focus, Focus RS, etc. But this trend has never really appealed to me because I'm a V8 RWD kind of guy. In my opinion it's just too impractical to slowly chip away at 16-second quarter mile times, and I don't like having a FWD handicap. I'm also just not a fan of inline four bangers, but that's just my own taste. That being said, take a look at this! JD Motorsports is currently doing complete overhauls of the entire Focus. They converting them to rear wheel drive, dropping in a 300+ horsepower V8, changing out the entire drivetrain and transmission. The reportedly car has BETTER weight distribution and only weighs 2500 lbs! And when I say 300 "plus", I do mean PLUS. They're currently swapping for the 5.0, 4.6 and soon to be available 4.6 Cobra engine. All of these choices will come tuned by JD, and I believe the 5.0 will be the lightest of the bunch. I've heard the conversion is very reasonably priced, but I'm going to call on Monday to get a real quote. I'll come back and give you the real dollar figures involved. Guys, a know it's common for Hondas to swap engines with many designs that start with "B". But you have to admit, a beefed up V8 Focus with rear wheel drive will be VERY hard to compete with. Motortrend has the exclusive on the up and coming road test. Pending the results, you have to think back to the old phrase "there's no replacement for displacement" The funny thing is us domestic car fans LOVE our V8s, and we always find a way to use them. Even if the V8 Focus dominates the tuned compact scene, I seriously doubt Honda tuners will start to use them. It would force them to eat many of their own words, and heck, there just isn't very many Japanese V8s to CHOOSE from. NOW: This is not intended to be a flame thread or to bash Honda tuners. I'm only interested to hear what you all have to say. If I were a Honda tuner, I'd sure as hell raise an eyebrow to this one.