The year is 1996 and an undisclosed company have offered you an engine for you to build a car around. They are very adamant in their restrictions and wants you to build a 2-4 door FR or F-AWD coupe with minimum wheelbase of 2.5 meters. As they want the car to be sellable, they want it to be within 100 PU and 60 ET for the trim. However you MUST use sports compound tires and manual transmission. You cannot use carbon fibre chassis, fibre glass or carbon fibre panels. Your goal is to set the fastest lap possible around the track by designing a car that uses the engine provided. The winner will be whomever sets the fastest lap and will get to host the next round.
For the forth round we have had 6 entries from 6 companies. Their engineers have taken the crate engine and created a track machines to race around Suzuka to compete for a engineering contract for the still undisclosed company.
The team has tested each and every car around the track and have timed the best lap for each of the cars. Each car has also been checked against our regulations and with varied results we have collected the following data:
@HighOctaneLove Bogliq - They’ve yet again presented an updated and facelifted version of the Dolphin. This time around it bears the moniker 2600gt. It has a corrosionsresistant steel monocoque and dito panels, making it one of the heavier contestants, and double wishbone and multilink suspensionsetup. A 6 speed manual gearbox with overdrive, staggered wheels, and a balanced brakesetup with a slight brakefade. It has, suprisingly enough, plush leather seating and a good soundsystem, seemingly out of place for a car running for a good laptime, and topping it of with active suspension, makes it more of a GT-car then a track warrior. All this said, it still made a respectable 2:58.69 around Suzuka. The company is pleasantly surprised
@laffinghyena - They’ve presented the Sorcerer - Similar in chassis to the dolpin but they’ve changed out the steelpanels for aluminium for some wheighsaving. The suspension is similar as well but here they’ve changed out the multilink suspension for a pushrod suspension in the rear. A 5 speed manual gearbox with long gears drives the car, and again, staggered wheels on mag rims, for a more stable and understeery feel, i guess. The brake balance is spot on. Here we have the common race interior and a good old roll cage, no frills. All drivers assists are there, tho. And again, active suspension, in the form of active dampers making for a good ride. 2:53.64 around Suzuka speaks for itself, and shows what 300kgs of weightsavings means.
@AirJordan - Smooth is presenting the Waab R, somewhat similiar to a swedish brand. The chassis and suspension setup is similar to the Sorcerer with steel monocoque, alu panels and so on, placing it in the ligher categories of cars here. A short geared 5 speed manual gearbox gives it good acceleration and decent speed. Again a staggered wheelsetup, for a more understeery feel and the brakes fade pretty much, comparing to the others. The interior is the run of the mill raceoutfit, with all the driving assists in place. And here we have semi-active suspension, giving it a smooth feel. Being a feather and a stone heavier than the Sorcerer, it still manages to outpace it with a time of 2:50.67 around Suzuka.
@LinkLuke - LLA presents the Senshi, A nice looking coupe, with some similarities to the Dolphin in it’s chassis and suspension setup. Altho not corrosiontreated, it’s all steel. This make the Senshi the 2nd heaviest car around the track so far. It has a 6 speed manual gearbox and again, staggered wheels sitting on alloys for that stable understeer. The brakes are excessively grippy and locks up fast and hard. A standard 4 seater interior and a run of the mill soundsystem makes it stand out in the crowd, and all driving assists are there to help wrestle the car around the track along with the active sport suspension. 2:56.65 is still better than the Dolphin
@stm316 - SK presents the Breezer, a nice coupe similar in setup to the Waab R and the Sorcerer. It’s got a 5 speed manual gearbox with an open differential. The wheelsetup is of the usual staggered type with steel rims this time around. It has a pretty good brakebalance but suffers from some amount of fade. The interior is the run of the mill racing interior with added coms and some other peripherals. The first car not riding on active suspension suffers from some bottoming out on the bumpier spots on the track, but still makes it around in 2:53.73.
@TimbitsHockey - Presents TooFastTooRed, a very red coupe with similar setup to the Breezer et al. It’s got a 4 speed manual gearbox, with short gearing setup for Suzuka. Reversed staggered wheels on mag rims for more oversteer. And the brakes suffers from a slight fade. A run of the mill raceinterior with all driving assists in place tops of the car. Another car not riding on active suspension having a slight tendency to bottoming out. It’s better tahn the Breezer, tho. And as it is the lighest car around, it also presents the fastest time with 2:47.83
Gratz to TimbitsHockey for winning the 4th round of the AEC