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Farox Motor Corporation


#1

Hi! I’ve been playing with Automation for a while now but just recently decided to join the forums. I hope that I can become part of the community. Now to introduce my company :grin:

Farox Motor Corporation, an American company, was introduced into the US automotive industry early in 1986. Their goal was to eventually establish themselves as a company that produced high quality premium models, which was easily achieved. They now compete with the likes of Lexus, BMW and Cadillac. But how?

Well here’s the origin story! Their first two models were compact Cielo and midsize Aerio economy-minded cars. Both cars were offered with 4-cylinder engines, both cars surpassing 22 mpg combined. The cars were a huge success, more on them later.

Farox produces their cars in addition to engines and transmissions for other cars, buses, trucks and semis. This is also how they keep so financially stable, as they are also known for their quality assets.

Logo coming soon, more cars coming soon as well!


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#2

In 1983, Farox set out to join the Big 3 auto manufacturers. Given that no one could make nice economy cars, they decided to gain a reputation through two cheap, fuel efficient sedans.

This is the 1986 Farox Aerio. It’s a midsized sedan powered by the choice of the “F1F2,” “F1F4,” or 2.7L DOHC V6 “G6F1.”

There were three trims, designated by the engine.
The 1.7 could achieve over 25 mpg combined, starting at only $11,495.

The 2.0 offered higher-revving fuel-injected performace and 115 hp.

And the 2.7S trim was a fun oriented trim level which flaunts a 140 hp DOHC V6, body color side moldings, bigger alloy wheels, a new grille, and overall, an understated, conservative look.


#3

For 1997, the Aerio was completely redone. As the successor to such a success, the new generation had some large shoes to fill. Farox engineers knew this, and overall, it took 4 years to develop their entirely new class-defining midsize.

The third generation Aerio was given an entierly new bodyshell and chassis. Independent front and rear suspention was used, and when combined with progressive style springs and gas monotube dampers, the new generation had a much more compliant and comfortable ride than the outgoing model. Driveability was also a huge priority, so Farox took the liberty to make variable hydraulic steering an option, which proved to be a costly but popular choice for most buyers. The chassis was reworked to be stiffer than the competition. Interiors were moved more upmarket, with more safety features like a driver airbag and safety laminated glass as standard, and passenger airbags as an option.

When designing the exterior, the goal was to make it look more premium, however also to keep the recognition of an Aerio. It needed to look the part of a successor. So, the rectangular headlights and taillights were kept, but a sleeker and more rounded grille and body were created to give a sporty aspect to the design language - a nod to the recently emerging sleek, bubbly sports coupes such as the Mitsubishi Eclipse.


A 1997 Aerio 2.4

Sales figures were impressive. The Aerio fit into multiple demographics and was praised for its wonderful handling and great steering system. It’s fit-and-finish and interior quality was also commonly said to be “on the level of German greats, such as the C-Class Mercedes.” Years proved the car to be very reliable, even though there were common problems that arose in the salt-belt states with rust, and leaky dampers.


#4

Shown here is an interesting piece of Farox history. This is a brochure of Farox’s model lineup, with the all-new Presto, all-new Delta minivan and all-new Alpha, along with the newly redesigned Cielo and Aerio.

This generation of vehicles was an important part of Farox’s history, because all these vehicles were newly designed to compete more upmarket, more luxurious competitors.


#5

I understand why you used a mid-size car body for a compact car - many of the compact car bodies from the Kee version have not been converted to UE4 yet. But the whole range looks nice… And that is most definitely going to bring in more buyers.


#7

The Farox Presto.

In 1988, Farox launched a new compact, two seater sports coupe to help create a new personality for the brand. It was advanced for its time, with goals in mind to satisfy multiple markets, kind of similar to luxury cars trying to be “sporty” today.

The Presto was named to have a similar theme to the other models currently in the Farox lineup, the Aerio and Cielo. “Presto” in music signifies a quick tempo. It was a well-suited name for the car, given that it offered a 200 horsepower 4.7L F8F2 V8 engine. 0-60 happened in a very quick 7.7 seconds after quite a bit of wheelspin through first, even though it had a 4-speed automatic. The base engine was a 3.3L G6-Series V6 Engine with 175 hp, which still moved it to 60 from a standstill in under 10 seconds.


The Presto was a very small car, with a wheelbase of less than 100 inches, making it very nimble. It only weighed 3050 lbs, featured full double-wishbone suspension with gas mono-tube dampers and progressive springs, and disc brakes front and rear. It could manage over 0.9g while cornering and still provide a smooth ride.

1993 saw a facelift for the very succesful coupe, featuring newly updated engines, new suspension and transmission tuning and a fresh face. Styling was curvier, more rounded, and featured new grille options. As mentioned, engines were updated to modern standards, now featuring multi-port fuel injection. Fuel economy improved as well.



#8

The Farox Cielo was an important car for Farox. It helped to launch the brand, as it was their first model alongside the Aerio. It was a well constructed compact sedan that sold bu the tens of thousands and made the manufacturer lots of money.

A 1.7L, 1.8L or 2.0L Inline 4 could be had depending on the model, paired with a 3-speed auto or 5-speed manual. There were two different models: a sedan, or a coupe. The coupe was a famous competitor to the Toyota Corolla and could be considered a newer AE86 of its time. The 2.0L 4-cylinder was peppy, and with a manual, could send the Cielo from 0-60 in 8.6 seconds.



#9

In 1995, Farox redesigned their Cielo as a totally new generation. It featured independent suspention in the front and rear, and offered a revised powertrain. A 5-speed manual was standard, paired to a 1.8L. This combo returned 35 mpg and made it an excellent premium commuter or premium family car. A 4-speed auto and/or a 2.0L I4 were optional. It came in sedan form, or for the first time, a wagon!




From top to bottom: A 1995 1.8L sedan, 1.8L wagon, and 2.0L sedan.

In 1999, it was given a facelift. The facelift had the goal to bring the car into the new era, make it perform much nicer, and to bring it more upmarket as a premium car. The engines were revised to give more power and better fuel economy, and a 5-speed automatic replaced the old 4-speed.


#10

From the front, the Presto reminds me somewhat of an R129 SL - but the rear is a mostly original design, which I appreciate.


#11

Poorly done, but kinda neat.


#12

The year is 2001 and the Aerio needs an update. Mercedes had plans out a new E-Class and Farox needed to stay competitive.

The headlights and taillights were redone, giving off a curvier, more modern edge. In the front, the lower fascia was reworked. And by reworked, I mean added. 4 chromed grille slots appeared underneath the front license plate.

The sport trim was also modified, and recieved new cooling flaps that would open and close depending on speed. This allowed higher fuel economy (which was needed because of the F-Trac all wheel drive) and better aerodynamics. Suspension was retuned and refined.

The G6 3.3L unit was not updated, but only tweaked for the 2001 model year. It was modified to give 220 hp and 215 ft-lbs of torque. The F1 four-cylinder was also dropped, and a new all-aluminum twin cam 5-valve setup was introduced. It could reach up to 27 mpg. A 5-speed automatic was made standard, putting power to the front or all four wheels.