I did some experiment out of the lore… Which basically shows that the market competitiveness, as it is, is a bit… unpolished.
The lack of “true” convertible bodies (recognized as such) does not help, but by making some… Well, absurd, actually settings, you can manage some pretty high scores while actually making a worse car.
I aimed at at least two market segments for each car
1950 Sport Basic / Conv Sport B
I was actually aiming at light sport, then realized my setup was much better for higher end, score-wise
Sport Basic 121.8
Conv Sport Basic 141.2
Seems good, no ?
Yes, the 1200cc , I4 DOHC (75 hp) is enough to reach close to 100 mph…
But then who would ride a sports car that needs well over 100 yards to go from 60 mph to 0, has a mediocre 0.8g skidpad figure, and costs over 10 000$ @ 0 markup and requires premium fuel (and 1000$ yearly service costs) ???
Sport - conv B - Trim 8.car (9.7 KB)
1968 Convertible Basic / Premium Basic
I went to 1968 in search of a “true” convertible body - yet there is still the body type penalty apparently
So, premium, Gasmea, sixties… I obviously thought of a V8, but then, as silly as it might be, the V12 brought soooooooo much smoothness you couldn’t make another choice if shooting for score…
A “small” (3729 cc) V12, pushing 129 hp, obviously running on premium
From then on, just put some insanely long automatic, bad brakes, overengineer the cooling airflow, and you get some sort of statistical anomaly
Convertible Basic 157.1
Premium Basic 149.2
But also over 180 as a plain convertible, some 130.4 as a SUV, 120.5 as a commuter car and 110.9 as a City Premium (with a V12 !!! On a 120’ wheelbase !!!) -
Overall it managed to be over 100 competitiveness in 16 market segments while being, basically, an unreliable and somewhat dangerous car
BB Premium - Conv Premium.car (9.9 KB)
I guess this will work much better with actual competitors when LC3 comes, as it is, min-maxing (even with low skills like mine) makes for some fun, but irrational builds
No images as I didn’t think these deserved working on the fixtures - though I might save the engines for future use