Then you're getting really far from GRIP's identity as a racer. It's a spiritual successor to Rollcage, not Carmageddon or a Spiderman game.
As much as I like the power winch idea, I don't think it'd add much to the gameplay. You want destruction (later ;p), we already have missiles. You want to catch up, we have speedboosts/nitro and potentially the Ram Raider.
Assigning an ability slot to that instead of making it a powerup would be even crazier, 'cause we don't want to overload the controller layout.
PS: RIP 2 years later still no destruction. Time 2 fast 4 quick.