Round 9 - 1996
Iraq invades Kuwait, prompting the US and coalition to counter and repel the Iraqis and leading to a brief war. The former Yugoslavia melts down into civil war, with only Slovenia avoiding a protracted, bloody conflict. Meanwhile, Apartheid falls in South Africa as a new Constitution is formed. The music world is rocked as well, when Freddie Mercury dies of AIDS. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union dissolves into its constituent republics. Bill Clinton is elected president of the United States in '92. The Mall of America opens in Minneapolis, the largest such structure built. Hurricane Andrew, one of the most destructive in US history, slams into Florida. Infamous mob boss John Gotti is convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The Intel Pentium processor is introduced. The US and Russia sign the START II arms reduction act, aimed at further decreasing the sizes of their nuclear arsenals. One of the biggest scandals in figure skating occurs as national champion Tonya Harding is stripped of her title after her ex-husband attacks her rival, Nancy Kerrigan. OJ Simpson makes his famous flight from the LAPD on I-5. Legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna is killed during the San Marino Grand Prix. The Winter Olympics are held in Lillehammer, Norway. Right-wing domestic terrorists bomb the federal building in Oklahoma City, OK; victims include children in a daycare within the building. Overseas, Bosnian Serbs commit horrific acts of ethnic cleansing at Srebenica. Windows 95 is released, and auction site EBay is launched. And in a show of international cooperation, the Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir.
Short-term economic forecast: Continued growth
Fuel: Regular Unleaded (universal), Premium Unleaded (universal)
Bumpers: 5 MPH bumpers required (all integrated bumpers qualify)
Front lights and fixtures: At least one pair of headlights required. At least one pair of turn indicators required. Turn signals may NOT be placed in bumpers. Exactly one pair of parking lights are required. Parking lights MAY be placed in bumpers. Parking lights and turn signals may not be part of the same lens/fixture. There has to be some form of visual separation.
Front light colors: No red may face forward.
Rear lights: At least one pair of brake lights. At least one pair of turn signals. At least one pair of reverse lights. NO lights may be placed bumpers (however, optional red reflectors may be). If turn and brake lights are in the same fixture AND of the same color, there must be a minimum of TWO bulbs in the fixture. ALL vehicles must also have exactly one Center High Mount Stop Lamp (a single brake light fixture at or above the level of the top of the trunk, in the center).
Rear light colors: Brakes must be red. Reverse must be white. Turn signals may be red or amber (unrestricted) OR may have a white or clear lens ONLY if the bulb is amber.
Side marker/signal lights: Front side markers required. Rear markers required, may be placed either on the side or the rear.
Side light colors: front side may be amber only, rear side may be red only.
Mirrors: Driver and passenger side mirrors required on ALL vehicles.
Aerials: Long mast or retractable antenna required if car has a radio.
Fuel fillers: Must be placed on the side of the vehicle. ALL vehicles must have the filler somewhere on the rear quarter, regardless of engine location.
Emissions: Catalytic converter required. All vehicles must be OBD-II compliant (translation: carbs and mechanical FI are banned going forward)
Safety: All passenger vehicles must have a minimum of 37 safety. All trucks, vans, and utes must have a minimum of 31 safety.
File Naming Convention:
Model: G2R9-(category)-(username) Trim: (MFR Model Trim)
Engine: G2R9-(category)-(username) Variant: (Whatever you want)
Export and PM me the .car file, make a post about your car in your lore thread (if not already there), and post an ad in this thread BEFORE the round deadline.
Vehicle categories this round: (THIS IS A FOUR CAR ROUND)
Economy Car (File naming convention: EC) - Subcompact or compact car with good fuel economy and low cost. Typically 3 or 4 cylinder, non-turbocharged. ABS AND TCS ARE BANNED FOR THIS CATEGORY FOR THIS ROUND.
Sport Compact (File naming convention: SC) - Subcompact or compact car with good fuel economy and 2- or 3- doors. Typically 4 cylinder, but may also be 3 cylinder or (rarely) a small 6. For the US market, these are typically NOT turbocharged. TCS IS BANNED FOR THIS CATEGORY FOR THIS ROUND.
Sport Utility (File naming convention: SU) - Typically 2- or 4- door, enclosed with a hard or soft top, available with 4WD and good ground clearance. Can be a range of sizes. TCS IS BANNED FOR THIS CATEGORY FOR THIS ROUND.
Midsize (File naming convention: MS) - An intermediate sized car, good for commuting and/or family service. Typically a larger 4-cylinder or modest 6-cylinder engine.
Round 9 deadline: Saturday November 28, 4:00 PM PDT (UTC-8)
With regards to the CHMSL - Please try your best to do something visual. PM an explanation if it doesn’t work.