Imagine using two balls in a soccer match. Imagine allowing 20 players per side in a rugby team. Imagine holding a two-hour Grand Prix only to then decide the winner by a one-lap race between the podium finishers.
Although the essence of the 'sport' remains unchanged, with these fake scenarios the fundamental dynamics dramatically change.
But if Ford have their way, something like this could actually happen to the World Rally Championship.
At last weekend's Monte Carlo Rally, Ford Team RS director Jost Captio firmly nailed the Blue Oval's mast to a radical plan to have a televised and meaningful superspecial stage to end each rally.