Welcome to the ABL: The Automation Beginners League!
The ABL is a championship of friendly car-building amateurs that welcome any new entrant. The idea behind this challenge is just this: simplicity. It's a very flexible but uncomplicated league that allows for creative thinking but also allows a beginner to stretch their limbs and gain experience designing competitive cars. In the end, we're all in it to have fun. This challenge is a tribute to the hopefully temporarily fallen ATC.
Here are the rules that will always be the same across almost all years of the ABL:
- There will be a penalty for winners to handicap new/inexperienced players through a time penalty or a certain construction requirement, it is still under contention whether it should be instead a cost, engine, weight or tyre size penalty. We have now also started a half-intensity penalty for the winners of the past two rounds.
- There may be a severe disadvantage to using new and complicated technologies like DOHC. For this, there will be maximum capacities depending on the type of valvetrain chosen.
- The body cannot be more than 10 years older than the year in which this race takes place
- There will be a maximum tyre width
- Maximum cost ceiling
- Minimum safety rating
- Minimum average reliability figure will be required
- Minimum cooling for engine required
- No aero components will ever be allowed
- And remember to keep cars realistic: use head- and taillights and door handles. Exhausts too. Engine clipping should not be visible.
- Please don't use Barth bodies.
Here's a few things never to forget, should be common netiquette:
- Don't send viruses or any unnecessary crap to the racemaster or host.
lua mods are not accepted.
- We prefer open beta
Who does what?
is pretty much the brains of the operation. He recieves the entries and scrutinizes them. The racemaster also sends cars around the tracks chosen and records times. He announces winners and handles issues.
Writer and secondary racemaster: @Nomade0013
Temporary Challenge Host: me, @ramthecowy
I pretty much keep the challenge running, and help the racemaster answer questions and handle issues. Together with the racemaster we listen to the community to decide on rules and regulations. It's my job to verify the racemaster and all participants behave appropriately and create a safe and positive environment.
Advisor: @Darkshine5 he will be providing me, Nomade0013 and FrankNSteinwith tips and information on how to keep a challenge running smoothly with his experience of running two of the most popular challenges of Automation history.
For now, there will be a simplified scoring system in place where the top fifteen get points, where the amount decreases by one every position down:
1st place - 15p
2nd place - 14p
3rd place - 13p
14th place - 2p
15th place - 1p
16th place - 0p
This scoring mechanism is very basic and may be changed in the future, however, any changes won't be made until the first season of the 80's
Round 1: 1970/1971
Round 2: 1972/1973
Round 3: 1974/1975
Round 4: 1976/1977
Round 5: 1978/1979
Rounding off the 70s
Round 6: 1980/1981
Round 7: 82/83