Here is the next creation from CRi, the Kite EC. The EC in this name stands for Executive Coupe, and this car most certainly fits that classification. This updated Kite has much more power than the previous one, and based off of some complaints from customers wanting more low end grunt, we completely changed the engine from the bottom end up. This new 302 is much bigger, more responsive, and efficient, perfect for this class of car.
The suspension has been retuned for more comfort. The styling has been redone. In every way, this is an improvement on the original. The car sells reasonably well, enough to be called a success, and the company is in the black
Now, for internal politics. The company, while doing well, is experiencing some internal strife, coming from it’s two leaders, Cooper Sr. and Cooper Jr., who have two very different mindsets, and these are centered around the engines.
Cooper Sr. wants engines with the torque peaks lower. Not necessarily much lower power numbers, but earlier power. The benefits for this are obvious, (Drivability, pulling power out of corners, etc.) and thus he thinks this is the better option.
Cooper Jr. wants engines with the peak power higher. Not necessarily much higher power numbers, but slightly later power. The benefits of this are obvious, (Perhaps more linear power, higher ultimate power numbers, and what he wants, the ability to just keep spinning an engine faster and get more power) and thus he thinks this is the better option.
What does this mean for the company? We will have to wait and see.