Priest of the Car Gods
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Rohnert Park, CA
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Define fast. You could have a very quick car but putting a good dose of money into your suspension. Sure, you'll still take a bit to get to 60, but you'll be damn quick on a canyon run.
If you want acceleration, the first thing I'd suggest lightening the car as much as possible. If it doesn't need to be in the car, ditch it. If you want to keep the 2.3L, look up Esslinger Racing. They specialize in 4 cylinder Fords, and you can make a decent amount of power if you're willing to spend the money.
But, realistically, for stoplight-to-stoplight action, which I assume is what you mean when you say "fast", the best way will be to swap in a 5.0.