Aaand we're right back to 1985. Cue the cheesy terrible backstory.
A man in his 50s walks up to a gas station, grumbling angrily to himself, and puts 25 cents in before dialing a number.
“Hey, Joe, yeah, it’s me, your brother. The car broke down AGAIN. ‘…’ Yeah I KNOW it’s the third time this month, I need you to pick me up.
‘…’ Well kids have soccer games all the time, don’t they? You’ll catch the next one. Just come pick me up! ‘…’
Yeah, I’m getting another car. This week. I’m gettin’ real sick of these damn lemons. Ever since the fuel crisis Lemme tell ya, they don’t make em’ like they used to!
‘…’ What? an Import? Bah. I ain’t no commie! But… now that you mention it, they been sayin’ they don’t break down as much as these domestics… ‘…’ Alright, alright, I’ll look over some of them, but they’d better be damn good, because I’ve only ever bought American! ‘…’ Yeah yeah… I can wait 45 minutes. Just hurry it up!”
He slams the payphone back with unesecarry force.
cut terrible intro.
So, what’s going on? It’s 1985, and your new customer, Dan Biffle, is tired of his old American lemon. he’s only ever owned American cars, but since the fuel Crises, he finds they just don’t provide what he wants. He, and many other Americans of the time are looking at buying their first imported cars. This is where you come in. Whether an import or a domestic brand, you’ll have the same goal in mind:
provide a familar, quality product that also mitigates the issues of old.
About his wants:
Style, Style, Style! It should be obvious, but Dan’s impression of the car can and WILL be made or broken just by looking at it. He doesn’t want an eye catching supercar, but make something composed at least.
There’s a possibility he might be wowed by a futuristic design, but consider it a risky move.
How it drives: Old American cars are known specifically for handling well!.. oh wait, I meant the opposite of that. Dan doesn’t expect, nor does he want a sports car on the cutting edge of handling. He wants something
comfortable, and composed more than anything. There will be very few, if any circumstances he pushes the car to its limits, but, he wants to know that, should he push it a little bit, the car will remain dignified. D
Driving feedback is near irrelevant.
Room: Dan likes interior room, so an over cramped
cabin will likely not do him well. He’s divorced, but sometimes shuttles his nieces and nephews around, so the amount of seats he’ll like will be up to your interpretation.
Performance: If it’s got the power to merge onto the highway and give him a bit of excitement doing a pull, consider it sufficient. He’s not a power snob by any means but an underpowered car will most certainly make him turn his nose up and look elsewhere.
Fuel Consumption: It doesn’t need to be a hypermiler but keep in mind that this is the 80s and Fuel prices are well on the rise. An overly thirsty car will not last.
Reliability/Maintenance/Environmental Resistance: Consider that he’s getting rid of his old car for reliability issues. That said, don’t overemphasize it at the detriment to everything else.
Edit: Safety. No minimum but do keep in mind this will be looked at. Dan isn’t overly fearful of crashing but he grew up seeing American cars explode and being unsafe at any speed. Keep it in the back of your mind.
I know there’s not a lot of hard DOs and DO NOTs this round, but I generally wanted to keep it open to variety. Dan really doesn’t have an exact idea of what he wants, and would love to be surprised! That said, there are going to be a fair amount of hard rules:
Max Engine PU: 55
Max Engine ET: 125.
Max CHASSIS PU: 100
Max CHASSIS ET: 105
Edit: Consider Race Exhausts banned. If you planned on using one anyways perhaps go back to the drawing board.
Edit: Cars must run on 91RON, this is the standard American fuel.
Max Trim Emissions: 950. If you think this is restrictive, consider that the Camaro of that year had a 5L V8 that made less than 200 horsepower mostly because of emissions.
Approx. Maximum Costs: 26,000. This isn’t exactly a hard limit, Dan will go over if he thinks the car is worth it. He’s not a penny pincher but money saved is never a downside.
Mods are open to use, however if I do not have all the ones on your car, the ball is in your court to direct me to the right ones.
Please post an advertisement for your car as well as PM it to me. This just makes life easier for me. No Ad= No Entry
Please no resubmissions. That’s standard by this point.
NOTE: I’ve entered a few CSRs before. I know the minmax tricks. Don’t use them. It’s obvious and I will laugh at you for it.
As of this post I will give exactly 48 hours to make adjustments. These will not be huge but if we find these regulations to be too lose/restrictive they can be adjusted upon request. Again more reasons to discuss it in Discord. After that, entries will be open for 9 days, This will give me the weekend to judge.
even though thats my weekend to work but I’ll make it happen.