The 1990 Betta Brava
A.k.a. my entrant to the Automation Design Competition for the Hatch/Fun Category, a.k.a. Competition G.
It was supposed to look Euro/Japanese, be comfortable, practical, fast, sporty and cheap at the same time.
It wasn’t supposed to look sporty and elegant like all newer Bettas do, but it had to be period & category correct.
It’s powered by an advanced 1.6 20-Valve Turbo unit, producing 148hp and giving 5.7L/100km fuel economy when paired to the standard 4-speed auto. Scores particularly high in the Fun category (approximately 150).
The Betta Brava Polaris Concept
Well, I’ve had second thoughts regarding my entrant to the competition. I thought it looked too bland, too cheap & cheeky. I don’t think it’ll score well due to that, it’s not special or sporty enough. I decided to fix this, but it’s too late. And I miiiight have overdone it.
Or, should I say, Betta engineers overdid it. Who knew a bland Brava could look like that?
Things get far more serious on the technical side of things though. The same 1.6L lump remains, only that this time it puts out 334hp, powering all four wheels wrapped on semi-slick rubber through a 5speed manual. Bone-breaking suspension, absolutely zero luxuries and only 2 seats instead of four compliment the track-nature of the Brava Polaris.