Simplicité et raffinement
Ceder Automobiles - founded in 1928 Ceder have produced all ranges of vehicles from commercial vehicles and family cars to high speed sports cars.The company established itself as a company that is very proud of their history in the world of rallying, where they fought with companies like Lancia, Audi and Nohda in the era of Group B. Which saw the Ceder factory racing colours in use for the first time.
A partnership was created in 1966 with French racing team Ditane who needed an engine for their Le-Mans race car and a 2.0 V6 screamer was created. Ditane produced lightweight sports cars using modified Ceder engines from family cars that irritated the likes of the Lotus Europa, special editions of normal Ceder cars were produced such as the Friala MK2 Ditane. Ceder bought out the company in 1977. Unfortunately the company died in 1990 but is set to reappear in 2018.
As of the present Ceder creates family cars and executive saloons to GTE racers.
|Name||Type of Car||Reason||Year|
|Ditane 366||Le-Mans race car||The beginning of a joining between the two companies||1966|
|Ceder Friala||Family compact||A car that set Ceder on the map from the 60s to the present||1965|
|Ceder Marla||Low end sports car||The first fuel injected car that Ceder produced||1977|
DITANE Automobiles et Racing
1956- 63 - Founded by Julien Ditane in 1956 as a way to battle with the british Lotus Elite. Julien took small engines from low end Ceder cars and put them in the rear of small glass-fibre sports cars. These cars drove in the Mille-Miglia untill the end of the competition in 1957.
1964 - 69 - Julien then set his sights on the 24 hours of Le-Mans. He used custom built closed-top cars and began working heavily with the arts of aero-dynamics. Ditane race cars were very light and sounded incredible, however the could not topple the likes of Ferrari or the Ford Gt-40 which took home 4 straight wins from the years 1966-69. Not being able to be competitive in Le-Mans Julien went back to producing road cars in 1967.
1970 - 77 - In 1972 Ditane released the 322 to combat the Lotus Europa S2, despite its jaw dropping styling and pedigree the 322 could not hold up to the Lotus. Its handling was to scary, the front became light at high speed and the engine was to peaky with to long of gearing. But not all was bad rally versions of the car finished well and their small bodies didn’t require much power from the 1600cc OHV engines. In 1977 the company was bought out by Ceder and the 322 received an asthmatic 2.7 SOHC V6 engine from a family car which made it even harder to drive.
1978 - 86 - Becoming part of Ceder meant that the Group B rally program could be worked on by Ditane and they helped with producing a vehicle for the Group B rally championship, using their rally knowledge from when the 322 rallyed in Group 4. Unfortunately after the program Ditane became fully absorbed and died in the years between 86 and 90.
Logo credits go to @titleguy1
Ditane vehicles will be added when more RR and race car bodies are added to the game.