I think if LFS showed up now, with everything as it is, it would still become popular for the same reasons it became popular back at the end of 2002 and continued to become popular. No way would it be quite so successful though, there was nothing like it back then.
It has an ease of use and simplicity that appeals to me. The menus are vast but simple because everything is easy to change at any time, and online works so well- even a total pc novice would find it easy to get in to a server and join a race. Combine this with a relatively cheap price and physics which, even their current state are a joy (despite apparently in need of huge time consuming fixes), and it's a product I would happily buy and use.
I'm envious of people just discovering it, really. I remember when it all felt so fresh and new
My guess would be, test patch in spring of 2011 (april or may) and 2 months of public testing.
Considering Scawen hasn't reported anything about carcass development, I take that as it itsn't finished yet. After 20th of December, I expect Scawen to stop working and be with his family 'till new year. And if carcass isn't finished, it means the VW stability control, suspension updates and limited setup system aren't finished either and knowing the development history I'd say they'll require quite a time.
Unless Scawen silently finished most of that and is preparing a test patch for us to test in christmas while he is relaxing.
That's right, the forum is still running in spite that six years ago they said "Sorry": "We value the interest you have all shown in the project greatly. We just throw ourselves into the work and forget about everything else going on to get this out as soon as we can so you can actually make your own minds up about what we are attempting."
Maybe they are still coding it and are having so much fun that they forgot the crowd waiting outside in the cold. Waiting for the promise that never came.