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I've not seen this video, but lived in the area, around the time these cars were being made. My dad was a huge, huge fan of them, and I remember hearing him talk about the changes year-to-year, and he schooled me on car design based on the 1st gen Escort, so I grew up working on them.

Very informative video, and very neat to see the early computer modeling to understand physical strength, and explains why the CVH was so robust. Their designs paid off - that engine not only met the necessary emissions, but I witnessed both carb and FI models meet standards without the cat (no exaggeration).

That car was such a good melding of cheap, reliable, and technological advancement (not just in cars, but the computations and communications necessary).
 

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I watched the video again, and it's got a lot of interesting details.
It's surprising how much computers were used in the years leading up to 1980. In this case, the "Cyber 176" unit with all its data storage was huge, but performing finite analysis even back then.

But it's also pretty neat to see the special equipment they had to help shape steering wheels and dashboards out of clay.

The red prototype car appears to be sporting the sporty English aluminum four hole wheels around the 13:30 mark.

The engineers were quite proud of the automatic transmission (or transaxle) made for the car that supposedly got within one mpg of the manual transmission, and featured a much touted "splitter gear", whatever that is.
 
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