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#63

Woah, love that Pelican


#64

Arion Cetus TwinTurbo - 4.1L “408” V16 - Sports Luxury {1985}

Featured in Arion Hellfire

The second generation Cetus brings a V16 Twin Turbo to the table with a new AWD system to help comfort and ride paired to it’s hydropneumatic suspension. Being such a unique car in the GTP & Supercar market being a hybrid of the both it sold especially well.

Mid longitudinal AWD - 4 gear Adv. Automatic - F&R Double wishbone
1600kg (45% Front/55% Rear)
535.1hp @ 6700RPM - 6700 redline - Full Aluminium 4086cc/4.1L - DAOHC-32 TwinTurbo Multi Point EFI - 9.3:1 Compression - 7.1mpg
Gullwing front doors - Hidden headlights - Space age style with elegant chrome trim - Split rear window with internal analogue side mirrors - Front and rear active aero panels - Side luggage compartments - Hand Made 3 seater & Luxury Cassette - GT P./Super/Muscle P./GT - £42,264 (0%) & £50,716 (20%)

Featured in Arion Sterling Silver III

The styling was still familiar to it’s origins but brought into the shifting space age of the 80’s. With it’s slick and long aerodynamic body it had astounding figures for drag coefficient. Being so extreme it became an icon of the 80’s, with pictures of it strewn over any aspiring car enthusiast’s bedroom walls.

Featured in Arion Celestial

Although the aerodynamics were great, the engine was still more suited for racing than it was road use and the little cargo space didn’t help for utility, nor did the compact 3 seat layout with the driver central and passengers kept behind. But the styling, comfort, prestige and pure standout aesthetic of the Cetus was it’s ultimate praise.

Featured in Arion Elegance

At testing on Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, it was able to speed over 180mph (182mph). It could get a 0-62mph in a rather slow 7.51s but a 50-74mph in 2.88s when the mid-high RPM twin turbos kicked in. The 1/4 mile time is lax 15.55s, and around the Air Field track it hit a 1:24.60.


#65

Balls-to-the-walls insane, just how I like it.


#66

Thank you very much! :heartpulse:


#67

Arion Cetus TwinTurbo S - 4.1L “408” V16 - Sports Luxury {1985}

Featured in Arion Wine Red Pearl II

The automatic, more comfort focused Cetus standard model soon came with a second trim, the Cetus “S” an advanced variant of the base model with; lower, stiffer suspension, de-chromed trim and a fixed aero wing.

Mid longitudinal AWD - 5 gear manual - F&R Double wishbone
1590kg (45% Front/55% Rear)
535.1hp @ 6700RPM - 6700 redline - Full Aluminium 4086cc/4.1L - DAOHC-32 TwinTurbo Multi Point EFI - 9.3:1 Compression - 7.2mpg
Gullwing front doors - Hidden headlights - Space age style with de-chromed trim - Split rear window with internal analogue side mirrors - Front and rear active aero panels - Aero “S” wing - Side luggage compartments - Hand Made 3 seater & Luxury Cassette - GT P./Super/Muscle P./Hyper - £43,200 (0%) & £51,840 (20%)

Featured in Arion Solde Blue II

With the more racing focused adjustments the Cetus S excelled over the standard version, reaching a time of 1:22.02 around the air field track, as well as reaching a quicker 186mph top speed and faster 0-62 of 6.43s & 50-74mph in 2.40s. It even had an improved 1/4 mile time of 14.23s.


#68

Those are certainly some of the best words anyone can use when describing the Cetus. Its design definitely reminds me of a spacecraft for some reason, and its performance should be as fearsome as its namesake. But why stick with direct-acting OHC and 2 valves when you can go all-out and fit 4-valve DOHC heads instead? Also, the redline cuts off the power peak, and the fuel consumption is, quite frankly, horrendous. However, a stripped-out version with RWD, a manual gearbox, and a sport interior (probably with a premium cassette player, or none at all if you really wanted to save weight) could well be even nuttier still.


#69

Thank you for the comment! ^U^

I kept with DAOHC for the engine to have a higher CC over having a DOHC with less engine size, I didn’t actually try both ways, but it works for now. For the redline it actually would destroy the pistons and conrods if I stretched it higher. The MPGs are horrible yes I can’t say much there, the Cetus would be for a person with high class lifestyle after all.

I’m actually planning two more variants for the Cetus, a Cosmos and a Group C version, I’ll keep the advice in mind!


#70

So, when are we getting the Fortuna


#71

No, and we will never do it ever


#72

I’m a bit confused…?

(OH WAIT CONSTELLATIONS :smile:)


#73

Arion Trackstyle TwinTurbo - 1.3L “129” V6 - Sport TwinTurbo {1986}

Featured in Arion Brilliant Blue

Released shortly after the Cetus II in 1986, the Trackstyle was an experimental production car which focused on being both a good car for the road and track, but more the latter as the name suggests. Featuring the Arion space age styling it struck similar eye-catching impressions the Cetus brought especially it’s unique rear with those stylish louvres and rear-side exhaust.

Rear longitudinal AWD - 5 gear manual - F&R Double wishbone
943kg (41% Front/59% Rear)
163.0hp @ 7600RPM - 9500 redline - Full Aluminium 1298cc/1.3L - DOHC-24 TwinTurbo Multi Point EFI - 9.3:1 Compression - 29.0mpg
Gullwing front doors - Hidden headlights - Space age style - Easy access front and rear bumper removal (Trim lines) - Rear louvers and integrated air scoop wing - Devious rear side exhaust placement - Luxury 2 seater & Luxury Cassette - L. Sport P./Super/Sport/Track P. - £23,096 (0%) & £27,715 (20%)

Featured in Arion British Racing Green Metallic III

The Trackstyle was focused on having effective aerodynamics with minimalist grilles on the front and silky smooth sides with lower side windows similar to the Arion Starling. The rear featured large venting for the beefy high revving V6 proving efficient cooling.

Featured in Arion Sterling Silver III

Being a lower end price it wasn’t as great as other more luxury cars in the comfort sense, but even practicality wise the rather attractive 29mpg for a sporty track car is let down by it’s low reliability issues and lots of replacement parts issued at regular mileage services.

Featured in Arion Hellfire

Being one of the smallest engines produced, the power wasn’t on the high side, however the weight was quite low which helped alongside AWD. 0-62 was reached within 5.95s and 50-74mph 4.59s. When tested at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground it reached it’s low top speed of 130mph easily but got a nice 14.47s at the 1/4 mile. On Airfield track it achieved a time of 1:25.31.


#74

Arion Cetus Azure - 4.0L “395” V16 - Street {1986}

Featured in Arion Arion Pale Water Azure Metallic II

In preparation for Group C entry in '86, the Cetus Azure was released as a production car for the road. Tuned by Arion’s Cosmos division the engine was lowered in capacity but turbos replaced for two monstrous sized ones, the AWD system replaced for a traditional RWD, as well as the side luggage compartments removed and the seats taken down from 3 to 2 in a sport trim for maximum weight loss whilst retaining some comfort.

Mid longitudinal RWD - 5 gear manual - F&R Double wishbone
1480kg (42% Front/58% Rear)
599.8hp @ 7400RPM - 8000 redline - Full Aluminium 3955cc/4.0L - DOHC-64 TwinTurbo Multi Point EFI - 9.3:1 Compression - 9.8mpg
Gullwing front doors - Hidden headlights - Space age style stripped trim - Split rear window with internal analogue side mirrors - Front and rear active aero panels - Adjustable Aero “Azure” wing - Side luggage compartments removed - Cosmos tuned - Gigantic 5’ twin exhausts - Sport 2 seater & Premium Cassette - Super/Hyper/GT P./Conv. S. - £55,298 (0%) & £66,358 (20%)

Featured in Arion British Racing Green Metallic III

The exterior was re-tweaked to be more effective as a race car, having brake intake ducts, more cooling, and a completely radical huge wing with adjustable struts. Even the wheels were changed out for non-vented smooth magnesium rims to help aerodynamics.

Featured in Arion Sterling Silver III

The tuning from Cosmos helped reduce the weight down from the “S” model by 110kg and the tuned engine has 65 more horses. With the loss of AWD, the car was a lot more untamed having some wheel-spin and strange unstable occurrences at high speed. It was advised upon buying the car to have a couple or more training laps at a race circuit before road use, because of how hard it is to handle.

Featured in Arion Brilliant Blue

In testing at the Airfield and Bruntingthorpe, the Cetus Azure reached an absurd 194mph down the airfield stretch, from a 0-62mph in 3.50s and 50-74mph in an amazing 1.70s. 1/4 mile time was 11.35s and a lap around the track was an outstandingly quick 1:14.91.


#75

Woah! Even more insane!?


#76

IMO this is one of the most realistic looking cars here. Fantastic job!


#77

Thank you both for the comments! I really appreciate it! :smiley:


#78

Arion Cetus LM - 4.0L “395” V16 - Group C {1986}

Featured in Arion Cosmos Pearl II

The Cetus LM, the final form of the car considered the ultimate Cetus: a non-production all out race car. Taking the Azure base, Cosmos re-tuned the engine and made minor body tweaks to make an absolutely psychotic racing machine.

Mid longitudinal RWD - 5 gear manual - F&R Double wishbone
1410kg (41% Front/59% Rear)
750.6hp @ 7300RPM - 8500 redline - Full Aluminium 3955cc/4.0L - DOHC-64 TwinTurbo Multi Point EFI - 10.2:1 Compression - 5.1mpg
Gullwing front doors - Sleek cover headlights - Space age style stripped trim & road fixtures (Side Indicators, reverse light) - Split rear window with internal analogue side mirrors - Front and rear active aero panels - Adjustable Aero “Azure” wing - Side luggage compartments removed - Cosmos tuned - Gigantic 5’ twin exhausts - Sport 1 seater & Premium Cassette - Hyper/Super/Conv. S./GT P. - £93,789 (0%) & £112,547 (20%)

The performance was amazing for it’s day, having earned an all time best lap at the air field track of a sweet 1:12.83. Upon testing on the Le Mans Mulsanne straight it sped up to and past 200mph (208mph without drafting), 0-62mph was hit in 3.30s and 50-74mph in 1.30s. As well as this achieved a 1/4 mile time of 10.62s.

Featured in Arion British Racing Green Metallic III

From 1986 onwards, the Cetus got consistently high finishes at Le Mans, averaging 6th place. In the 1987 Le Mans race, the No.20 car (Cosmos Pearl) finished 7th place by only a few milliseconds seconds behind a newcomer brand, causing a grudge that would turn into a rivalry between the two companies.


#79

Oh lawdy, the finale! I like those headlights


#80

I wonder who this rival company is? Arion’s Cetus LM is certainly a strong contender just going off of its specs. :thinking:


#81


Arion Automotive & Racing co. reveal new wordmark & crest

Late in 1987, Arion chairman Aruna Jr. had released a new corporate identity. Featuring a newly forged crest logo featuring the Arion & Cosmos logos as well as a new logo: Aruna the Sergal. Based upon the Heraldic Lion, it was a new trademark based upon Aruna’s zodiac sign: Leo. The bottom left featured the Yorkshire White Rose, as this is the birthplace of both Aruna Sr. and Aruna Jr and of course the company’s birthplace.


#82

Arion Spica - 1.4L “137” F4 - TwinTurbo Eco {1987}

Featured in Arion Grey Monotone

In 1987 Arion released the brand new Spica model, to go alongside the Taygeta at a more reasonable price with a variety of trims suitable for almost anyone. Base, Sport, GL (Grand Limousine) a trim level from all the way back in 1965, and of course the extreme Cosmos.

Front transverse FWD - 5 gear manual - F&R Double wishbone
1080kg (58% Front/42% Rear)
98.9hp @ 7100RPM - 7500 redline - Full Aluminium 1,379cc/1.4L - DOHC-16 TwinTurbo Multi Point EFI - 8.9:1 Compression - 42.8mpg
Normal front & suicide rear doors - Steel wheels - Mudguards - Base trim - Premium 5 seater & Premium Cassette - Fun/Fun P./Fam. Sport/Sport B. - £15,027 (0%) & £18,033 (20%)

Featured in Arion Ivory Pearl

The base model Spica wasn’t anything extraordinary in performance, it was as you’d expect from a small output engine: It does the job, and isn’t too hard on the MPGs or environmental factors. It still retained the stylish hint Arion cars have, with the Bullet insignia along the side and those fancy suicide doors.

Featured in Arion Wine Red Pearl II

The base model was only available in the more tame Arion colours and a lot of plastic trim, which was debatable in a fashion sense.

Arion Spica Sport - 1.4L “137” F4 - TwinTurbo Sport {1987}

Featured in Arion Sterling Silver III

The Arion Spica Sport was released to aim for a market wanting an enjoyable, affordable fun car. It did so with an improved sportier engine with a more racy looking front bumper and aerodynamic splitter to go with a small lip spoiler, as well as those stylish waffle rims and coloured trim.

Front transverse FWD - 5 gear manual - F&R Double wishbone
1050kg (59% Front/41% Rear)
131.8hp @ 7400RPM - 7500 redline - Full Aluminium 1,379cc/1.4L - DOHC-16 TwinTurbo Multi Point EFI - 9.4:1 Compression - 37.2mpg
Normal front & suicide rear doors - Sports wheels - Mudguards - Coloured trim & lower trim removed - Aero front bumper and lip spoiler - Sport 4 seater & Premium Cassette - Fun P./Sport B./Fam. Sport/Fun - £17,060 (0%) & £20,472 (20%)

Featured in Arion Hellfire

Being the performance variant, Arion engineers took into account the speed and handling much more so than the comfier base model, now with sporty bolstered seats, leather wheel and gear-shifter and tuned air suspension the car handled very nicely. When in testing it achieved a 1:34.75 around the airfield track with a top speed of 128mph and 0-62 in 9.55s with a 1/4 mile time of 16.99s.

Arion Spica GL - 1.4L “137” F4 - TwinTurbo Eco {1987}

Featured in Arion British Racing Green Metallic III & Arion Black two-tone

The Spica GL, being the revival of the Grand Limousine name all the way from the 1965 Buckingham GL was very controversial for the fans of the classics. But it did have similar traits such as the luxury, comfort factor and dedication to high-class styling with the chrome trim and sleeker sexy wheels.

Front transverse FWD - 4 gear adv. automatic - F&R Double wishbone
1130kg (58% Front/42% Rear)
98.9hp @ 7100RPM - 7500 redline - Full Aluminium 1,379cc/1.4L - DOHC-16 TwinTurbo Multi Point EFI - 8.9:1 Compression - 40.4mpg
Normal front & suicide rear doors - Two-tone paint - GL badges + GL wheels - Dual sunroofs - Paint coloured Mudguards - Chrome top trim, coloured trim & lower trim removed - Hand Made 4 seater & Luxury Cassette - Premium/Conv. P./Commuter P./Fam. Sport P. - £25,889 (0%) & £31,066 (20%)

Featured in Arion Solde Blue II & Arion Black two-tone

The GL was regarded as one of the greatest entry level premium cars on the market, although it was expensive, the luxurious ride quality from Hydropneumatic suspension and a fancy hand made interior made it worth it to the buyers.

Featured in Arion Wine Red Pearl II & Arion Furcoat Metallic two-tone

Since it being the highest end trim level buyers could choose their own colour scheme from one tone to two-tone mixtures of old and new Arion schemes, even featuring the nostalgic Wine Red Pearl and Furcoat colours the Buckingham GL wore.

Arion Spica Cosmos - 1.3L “129” V6 - Sport TwinTurbo {1987}

Featured in Arion Brilliant Blue

The latest project from Cosmos after battling at Le Mans in Group C was the Spica Cosmos. Transplanting the engine used within the Arion Trackstyle: a 1.3L TwinTurbo lightweight beast of an engine, it created a beast of a small-medium fun sporty car.

Front transverse FWD - 5 gear manual - F&R Double wishbone
1030kg (58% Front/42% Rear)
163.1hp @ 7600RPM - 9500 redline - Full Aluminium 1,298cc/1.3L - DOHC-24 TwinTurbo Multi Point EFI - 9.3:1 Compression - 28.2mpg
Normal front & suicide rear doors - Sport wheels - Coloured trim & lower trim removed - Front and rear bodykit, aero hood & larger lip spoiler - Sport 4 seater & Luxury Cassette - Fun P./Sport B./Sport/Fam. Sport P. - £17,846 (0%) & £21,415 (20%)

Featured in Arion Cosmos Pearl II

Re-working the bumpers and hood as well as adding a larger aero wing and more dynamic splitter, the Cosmos had the cooling and aero it needed to perform outstandingly well. Around the Airfield track it achieved a mighty 1:27.81, with 0-62 in 6.55s, and top speed of a low 137mph, but decent 14.94s 1/4 mile time.