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His Highness Demands, Round 9
The year is 2004. The Semyonivian political system is in shambles. Gevketovt II is now 85 years old and is not capable enough to prevent rampant corruption from those in power beneath them. Despite great disdain for the political system in power, though, the Semyonivian people are still quite patriotic, and want to make a name for themselves on a global scale.
A Semyonivian racing team has begun a grassroots campaign to create a team to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Catching wind of this, under the king’s nose, the Tourism Commissioner decides to illegally siphon national funds to support the racing team.
You are now in charge of that firm. Your team plans to compete in the FIA GTS division, and are aiming for a class win, not an overall win. They will not be building the car from scratch, so you can send a car from any company, country, etc. from your existing lore if you choose to do so, but what is important is that the TEAM is Semyonovian. Make sure that the team name and livery represent Semyonovia.
Here is your competition, and some inspiration for the desired aesthetic.
Prodrive Aston Martin DBR9
Pratt & Miller Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
Prodrive Ferarri 550 Maranello
Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R
So, with that in mind, here are the rules for the car.
Minimum weight: 1170kg
Maximum HP: 625 HP
No quality use on tires or aero.
Allowable quality ranges for all other sections: -3-+15
Tires should be radial semi slick.
Undertray should be fully clad, and should not use active aero or cooling flaps.
Engine should not exceed 7999cc displacement.
Direct Injection and Turbochargers are not allowed.
Vehicles should use double wishbone suspension front and rear, and must be front engined, RWD.
Safety: Basic 90s
Lister Storm body is not allowed.
How it will be judged:
Judging will be a little unorthodox. Although these are race cars, speed will not be the highest priority. While speed is important, as a 24 hour endurance race, the car must be reliable and must not break the bank on spare parts. It also shouldn’t drink fuel at too great of a rate, or else we’ll be stopping for fuel too often.
So, to keep things manageable for this inexperienced race team, try to build a car and engine that will be GTS competitive per the minimum weight and maximum HP figures set above, but are low PU, low ET, and low cost. Reliability should be high as well. If your car is better in these four categories than a faster car, it will be looked on fondly, but it also shouldn’t be too much slower.
For fuel economy, rather than looking at the MPG figures of the car, which aren’t a good measure of the fuel usage in a racing scenario, I will be looking at the fuel efficiency graph in the engine builder, to see how fuel efficient the engine is in the RPM ranges the engine would use while racing.
The speed figures I will be using to judge the vehicle on will be the highest speed they are able to achieve on the back straight of the ATT, their time on the ATT, and their top speed.
While I don’t want to put too much emphasis on design, please look at the example vehicles and try to emulate the competition, while also promoting the nation of Semyonovia. That’s the whole reason the Tourism Commissioner is stealing money from the government, after all.
Submissions are now OPEN. Final date for submission is February 15, 7:00 PM US East (GMT -5)