I’ll admit it, it’s a Chinese knockoff of CSC. Had this idea in the back of my head for a while and after the coming week, I will have literally no time to host a challenge like this for months to come.
HONGHU AUTOMOTIVE CORPORATION HEADQUARTERS
GUANGZHOU, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
It is the year 2020. Honghu has been manufacturing the Chinese Communist Party’s chariot of choice for just over 50 years. This year, preliminary design of the 88888888 concept has been moving at a steady pace. Once at the design stage however, the workers were stumped.
The first concept had been rendered in some foreign New Zealand software. Although somewhat suitable, the designers still feel like it’s rather clunky, with the strange side trim piece, the large slap-on fog light units, the lower fascia, etc. Surely, the company could take the CCP route; green-light the concept and silence any opposition. Considering that this would be the vehicle that the chairman would ride in however, the vehicle was sent back to the design room.
Even more importantly, Honghu felt that their design language was getting stale. As a result, Honghu has branched out to various design firms (you) to not only redesign the 8888888, but more importantly, come up with a striking redux of the Honghu design language.
Under certain exceptions…
Each concept will be judged according to three aspects which make up Honghu’s design language. This involves harmonizing the North and South regions of China together, whilst maintaining natural flow when doing so. The design must incorporate these aspects:
OPULENCE OF THE NORTH
Honghu started as a Beijing company, directly serving the CCP. Today, the nationalistic, loyal and traditional blood of the Northern region still persists within the design language. That being said, the design must reflect the North by maintaining its imposing, opulent, yet elegant nature. In the Honghu language, this is typically done through an obnoxiously large front grille with vertical bars, chrome in tasteful places, and red badging.
AMBITION OF THE SOUTH
Having moved to the Guangdong region in recent years, a large portion of China’s futuristic Pearl River Delta has seeped into the blood of the Honghu design language. To exhibit the technological prowess of Southern China, the design should be futuristic but NOT ALL-OUT CYBERPUNK. DO NOT GET THIS DISTINCTION WRONG!!! In the Honghu language, this is typically shown through intricate LED designs within its lights, as well as ultra-sharp lines throughout the vehicle.
This is what was most missing in the first design iteration. Translating into “wind-water” in English, Feng Shui refers to “energy forces utilized to harmonize individuals and the surrounding environment”. Although the application of Feng Shui is less extreme in Honghu’s design language, the design still must encompass harmony and balance in every inch of the vehicle. In other words, make sure each fixture compliments one another in a harmonious, natural flow. This is what will ultimately tie the culture divide together, making the 88888888 a representation of the entire country.
EACH ENTRY MUST USE THE 4-DOOR VARIANT OF THE 10sLuxury BODY BY CORVETTE6317
This is most important. Failure to comply with this rule will result in me not judging your entry. A link can be found here
Trim year should be set to 2020. Although this is purely a design challenge, it would be appreciated if you were to do this.
Paint your car black!
Honghu uses a custom badge. It’s your choice to use it or not. Extract and place the file under this path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Automation\UE421\AutomationGame\Plugins
The badge can be found here
Engine Family and Vehicle Model Name: 5S8N - [YOUR FORUM USERNAME]
Engine and Model Trim Name: [Anything, as long as it has 88888888 in it]
Please post at least a photo of your vehicle in this thread and DM me the car using the forums or discord with this naming format.
Only one entry is permitted. Please do not resubmit anything. I will only take your first entry
Looking at Hongqi itself is more than sufficient for drawing inspiration. However, my designs are also available. Most of the company’s designs can be found on its forum thread. However, here are some photos of existing vehicles for reference.
.CAR FILE OF FIRST ITERATION
Honghu 88888888 Concept R1 - Elite.car (49.8 KB)
A lot of things are probably broken on it, but whatever. Please don’t colour your hoods red btw. It was my original compromise for creating a red badge before I knew I could just use a brake light.
Last but not least, try to be original. Change up the grille shape a little, mess with the badge shape, or don’t. Honghu is very accepting to these changes in their design language, as long as they follow the three criteria!
Submissions open now, and will run until Friday, October 11th 11:59 PM