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#82

I think it’s fair to say that the lead stylist at Revera could a) get a job at any company in the Automationverse, period and b) ask to receive whatever salary he likes, period.


#83

They’re not getting my job at GG for sure, the cars are too beautiful as opposed to, er, arresting or controversial or just plain obnoxious :joy:


#84

Nearly 20 years after the much-loved Adenine Mist was discontinued, the Misty kit car has kept the mid-engined fun alive. The Misty’s modular nature allows the end user to customize the product to his or her preferences, as well as update the car as technology advances. This example is well-equipped with a high-revving 3.4L V6 engine, power steering, and a semi-active suspension. While the 368hp output won’t melt any faces, the car is highly responsive, precise, and incredibly fun to drive. The car isn’t for sale, but the owner is willing to let the GG team take it around for a few days. He estimates the total cost of the car to be $34800 (+100%).


And here is my stat whore version. The aggressive body and aero gives it a nice boost to sportiness (because racecar), but it’s not really much faster (because it’s heavier).


#85

I’m guessing the faux-LMP was a rushed test build to see how much you could push the stats with the Misty’s engine, which could explain the lack of headlights. Also, it’s great to see a variant of the much-loved Misty again - I haven’t seen it in quite a while.


#86

I almost missed this challange, so this was a bit of a rush job.



Edit: Price base: $25,200 markup 35% = $34,020


#87

Smooth Motors does not poses some big lore-full thread but here goes tl-dr. If you are running around the automation world for last year and a half or so you must be blind (or not come in C&C thread) not to notice Smooth Motors or Smooth Racing. Motorsport heritage is proud and strong, there is no denying it, as SR is the backbone of the company. Ofc there are also a lot of more (or less) sucsessful consumer friendly cars ranging from 1940something onward and at the very point there are restomods.

One of which is the marvellous cocktail Smooht Basking. Old looks from far, sweet carbon body and LEDs from near. Big ol’ NA V8, more than 100HP per liter. See where I’m going?

Bottom end => It’s a true drives experiance.
GH 7.34.6 for $33900 + tax


#88

Oops…another I forgot about. :frowning:


#89

I didn’t bother closing entry yet.

Though I do reserve the right to at any time given we’re past deadline.


#90

2016 Gamma Surge S3

The 3rd generation of Gamma’s sport car, still under production, while we research the 2018 successor model.

This generation started production in 2011, received a facelift in 2014 and a new engine in 2016, the new engine is from the Valquiria family, which are V6s engines from 2.3L to 3.3L.

The one powering the current Surge S3 is the 2.8L, called 28VD, specially designed to generate enough high-end power to be a sports car and yet enough low-end torque to be used on a daily basis.


Airfield time: 01:22.55
Green Hell time: 08:28.52

Price:
$17,900 (0%)
$25,060 (40%)

Projected number of units produced per year: 6,000.


#91

LHE, a company which has since the dawn of time dreamt big at taking on the Legacy sports car names, has once again decided to throw an Orbital at the situation.

Presenting the 2017 Orbital Sport Mk8. Introduced in 2014 the Mk8 showed the Orbital departing from a big family sedan into a big family hatchback shaped like a sedan. In keeping with the long history of producing a sporty homologaiton variant for entry in various race classes.

In time for the race season, LHE has finally delivered on the Mk8 Orbital Sport, featuring the Gen-II BM Series engine.

The Sport version went on a hefty diet to shed nearly 200kg, while engine output was raised 200hp over the standard equipment Eco-CM.

With factory high performance 275/45/18’s front and back. The Orbital sport should be enough for you.

23,900 @ 0%
35,850 @ 50%

Expected production for 2017/18: 25,000 units.

Airfield Time: 1:19.26
Green Hell: 8:03.92

Don’t let this heavy weight fool you, it is surprisingly nimble.



#92

For transparency purposes I’ll be entering my own cars into this, obviously the GBF-GG Bellua SR8e, but also two from my other two sports car companies that fit this bill better. The first I’ll present is from Armada Motors (GB):

2017 Armada Fore Gen.V Eagle GTi

In special “Danmark” livery, rooftop flag liveries available for extra 600GBP

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And I snuck in the original “Brittania” livery because that was the original 5th Gen celebration paintjob.

Armada’s staple car, the Fore, in all its iterations, is the embodiment of the company’s prevalent philosophy: lightweight, high revving and fun. It’s also the company’s best seller since the 2nd Gen of 1991, and so has spawned dozens of trim levels with all kinds of options, from the no-frills commuter level, the Birdie, to the original sports staple, the Eagle, and more recently, the Touring trims with more premium aspirations in the Albatross, complete with extra cylinders (and more popular in Sedan form), and of course, the racing trophy version of that, the Condor, which has since gone on to be developed with its own unique chassis.

But we’re here to talk about the original trim, the GTi, the spec closest to the spirit of the original Fore GTi, unveiled in 1982. Since then, the hot hatch market has become extremely demanding, both in terms of performance and creature comforts. Not simply needing to be versatile to seat five and be chuckable, it now needs all the latest and greatest gear, Bluetooth, USB, all the airbags etc.

While all the time reticent to betray their budget roots, Armada have responded in kind, hence the Eagle GTi comes with a six-speaker system and all the standard issue that comes with a regular C-section/compact. But as usual, it is in the performance that the emphasis lies. With a slightly destroked 1.8L i4, it brings the best of both worlds, with turbo power and a screaming 9100rpm and produces 340bhp on 95RON, this is one of the most powerful FWD hatches for road use. True to form, Armada insisted on using a simpler suspension system, without controllable modes, so you get the one true feel for the car whether you’re on the road, highway or track. With a six speed manual, this one is for the real driver, with a committed, involved experience that pushes you as hard as you push it, all the way to sub-8 minutes on Green Hell. Yet at the same time, it’s designed to seat 5 adults with the same kind of comfort you’d expect with a regular road car, with decent fuel economy.

Green Hell:
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Airfield:
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The Eagle GTi will be sold at around a 60% markup, for about 27k AMU. Being made in the UK, it will probably cost closer to 29k USD after importation costs in the US, and 43k AUD after taxation in Australia.


#93

Union Jack red cross lines are not positioned correctly to the sides of each white line of the cross.

Bin.


#95

I knew you’d pick on that. Note that due to the Union Jack having rotational but not horizontal symmetry it’s impossible to position correctly in Kee Engine. This caused me considerable heartache!

In Unreal, however…


#96

3 and a half days later they were all still fighting strop…


#97

Yeah I haven’t closed entries yet although I might as well. My main problem is that I won’t be able to publish anything until at least September due to my wonky schedule…


#98

Oh well that’s a shame… Hope it gets better :thumbsup:


#99

So, in other words, I shouldn’t have rushed my entry… Oh well, it’s quick but harsh and I don’t suspect it will be anywhere near the top, but I had fun making it.


#100

If you wish to revise your entry I’ll allow it!


#101

Work on this is inching forward, as in, inching towards the time when I can actually make the tracks and start the spreadsheet. In the meantime, however, have a look at the other car from my other company that will be in here (and also fill out the spectrum a bit):

2016 Matteo Miglia Legatus Turismo

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Every Matteo Miglia story starts with the same lines, about their origins, about wanting to prove the world wrong. That origin was the Legatus: the then Group A rally car that refused, out of sheer bloody-mindedness, to bow to the new AWD overlords. Matteo, freshly broken away from the northern Italian manufacturing conglomerate out of Brescia, had all kinds of outlets he wanted to exercise in the throes of creative freedom, but he settled on a singular passion: making rear-wheel drive sporty coupes. As an engineer first and foremost, his obsession was advanced valvetrains, and screaming redlines, hence the original Legatus was a rather utilitarian take on the Fiat X1/9.

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In the noughties, Legatus underwent somewhat of an identity crisis, unsure of the market it should fill as the mid-engined alternative to the reasonably priced FR sports cars of the era. During this time, the trim levels expanded and the relationship with its rally roots became more abstract. A new engine line with turbo was developed to market to countries with displacement taxes, giving rise to another niche of budget sports within the MM repertoire.

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Fast forward to the modern era, and the Legatus evolved to become the staple MR platform of the company. Now with the input of a proper design firm the vision is bold and organic but contains nostalgic cues. Its versatility is proven from the ability to go from being a competitor to the Elise with an i4, to filling a relative hole in the market with a much gruntier V6 which encompasses all the traditional philosophy of MM. The trim we’ll talk about is the premium trim, the Turismo, which is the plushest trim that MM offers and probably the most sophisticated of driving experiences MM would offer, short of going to their supercar-like tier in the likes of the Merlo.

Leather bucket seats with padded interior and a classic Italian interior adorn this trim, with one twist, the defiantly digital display, a staple of all MM models since their inception. Six speakers, normally considered an indulgence, with surround sound comes standard in the Turismo trim. But it still insists on the traditional six speed H-pattern shift, as with all real sports cars. Same with the suspension, which is all passive, one tuning, one road feel.

The entire package is equal parts sporty and pliant, frugal and indulgent, and as was the unusual hallmark of this Italian engineer, reliable. Thanks to some aerodynamic work the car generates no lift at all, and has a top speed of just over 200mph.

Green Hell:

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Airfield:

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The Legatus Turismo has an MRSP of about 30800 at 70% markup, meaning it would sell in the US for about 33k, and in Australia maybe 44k. Given it is the equivalent of a 370Z in mid-engined form, this is reasonable.


#102

13 days later… :thinking: