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Innovation Automotive


#1

Innovation Automotive is an automotive conglomerate based in Miami. Formed in 1981 as the end result of several mergers in the 70s, it has its hand in many markets through it’s many marques.

Below are the marques and their stories:

Innovation Autosport: The face of the company, focusing on high performance cars. These range from V8 hatchbacks, to record breaking hypercars, and even performance offroad vehicles. Founded in 1948 as a racing team, it started producing roadgoing versions of its race cars after the first of a decade long winning streak in Can-Am and Endurance Racing, before facing financial trouble in 1973. It’s merger with Razor Cars allowed it to stave off the oil crisis and kicked off the mergers that created the conglomerate of the same name. Its current flagship is the Innovation Salvador 4.2, a road-going race car.

Razor Cars: The most profitable marque, focusing on consumer cars. Founded in 1921, this marque has ridden controversies and economic hardships to become a competitive marque with a penchant for affordable cars that last forever. Its merger with Innovation brought with it talented designers and state of the art automotive technology, allowing Razor to stay ahead of the competition when most of the rest of American Automotive lagged behind. Its current flagship is the Razor Phoenix, a muscle sedan and the #1 interceptor for police departments in America.

Platinum: The luxury marque, focusing on stylish land yachts. Formed in 1918, this marque has a history of serving as the car of choice for many world leaders and leading businessmen, and also had a race team since 1922. It merged with Razor and Innovation in 1978, with the race team folded into Innovation’s race team. Its flagship is the Platinum Quartzite, an uber-luxurious sedan and the heaviest car currently in production.

Chupacabra Motors: The commercial truck marque, focusing on commercial vehicles, pickup trucks, and SUVs. Founded in 1948 after WW2, Chupacabra was a respected truck maker until the oil crisis impacted sales. After it’s acquisition in 1980, Chupacabra saw a resurgence in sales, and is poised to dethrone Razor as the most profitable marque off of SUV sales alone. Its current flagship is the Chupacabra Hombre, a luxury SUV notorious for being owned by people with far more money than taste.


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#2

1981 Innovation Reverb 1.0


The first new model by Innovation Autosport post-merger, this car doubled both as a homologation special to qualify for Group B and as a fresh start for Innovation after controversy and financial trouble.

Packing 634 horsepower and full time AWD, both firsts for its time, it came to dominate Group B, Trans Am, American LeMans, FIA Endurance Racing, and was a major fixture of Latin American Rallycross. This also translated to major appearances in La Paz(1985), Hot and Wet(1983), Firefall(1989), and The Unprofessionals(1990).

Around 300 Reverbs in total were built. Out of these, at least 50 would be converted for use in other racing series, with the most noteworthy example being the #44 Kiler Chengs car that took first place from the factory team in the 1982 La Paz Grand Prix. While production ended in 1984, the technology that made the Reverb possible was later implemented across all the marques under the Innovation umbrella, and the tooling for the Reverb would be reused for its Razor branded sibling, the Tealjay.


#3

How much quality spam abuse has this car and especially the engine gone through? The fastest car of 1981 was the Lancia Montecarlo G5 Turbo, and had 400 horses, costing $150K.


#4

1986 Razor Cassowary


The 1986 Cassowary is the first vehicle by Razor to offer AWD as a standard feature, with a brand new platform made for it. Being a rear engine car, a spoiler was also offered as a standard feature to mitigate snap oversteer.


The engine is a V8 that puts out 307 hp, mated to a 7 gear automatic transmission used in many of Innovation’s and Chupacabra’s models at that point, along with an AWD setup with 50/50 distribution

The Cassowary was a success in most of the world, especially in places with cold climates/poor roads. The cassowary also has the distinction of being one of the first American cars for sale in Russia and China, entering the Chinese market in 1987, and the Russian market in 1989. The car was such a success in Russia that production of the Cassowary shifted to Krasnoyarsk in 1994 for the domestic market.The Cassowary would recieve a facelift in 1990, and a second one would follow in 1992. The Cassowary would end production in 1994, making way for a second generation.


#5

7-speed for 1986 in a car?


#6

1990-1997 Pt 90 Platinum LP
(1993 LP Black Label pictured)


In the 1990s, Platinum was having a bit of a crisis. Faced with an aging customer base and the declining sales that followed, Platinum had to do something to bring its sales numbers up and go up against European and Japanese imports.

Taking the AWD expertise from Innovation and Razor, and adding in an Innovation tuned Inline 5, Platinum created the LP, a luxury sports sedan designed to attract a younger crowd. In a first for Platinum, extra attention was given to the sound system of the LP, with high quality Sony speakers mounted all around the interior, with the option of either a cassette player or CD player installed in the dashboard.

Also a first for Platinum, starting in the 1995 model year, a GPS system was offered on the top trim level, accompanied with an LCD display that also showed other stuff like G forces, the current track(only available with the CD player), and settings to change how the car drove(IE:Power distribution and dampeners). These features, as well as an advertising campaign that had music artists promote the car through music, made the LP a sales success, spawning a second generation(Pt98) in 1998, a third (Pt06) in 2006, and a 4th(Pt13) in 2013, with plans for a 5th generation for 2020(Pt20).


#7

Everything was going moderately well, but a full LCD display with sensor-heavy stuff like Lateral G, track info and a UI system that controls the traction control style of the car?
Man there’s a limit to how much you can stretch shit


#8

It’s based on an R34 skyline and an Acura legend, so there’s that.


#9

And the R34 does have an LCD screen as well


#10

A '99 Japanese sports car, which was limited to only 12,000 of them, and the ones that had such functionalities like MFD and G force measuring, connecting the ECU with a Windows XP powered laptop, all came with a hefty-ass price. You’re claiming the same, no, in fact some more features in your car in the year of 1995 and also for a market filled with cars made out of plastic and other cheap materials.


#11

1982 Innovation Italo


Hot off the debut of the success of the Reverb, Innovation focused on making an entry level sports car. This car was to serve a dual purpose: to make a platform well suited for modification and to serve as an entry point into the Innovation brand without creating a dent into the wallets of prospective car buyers. The end result was the Innovation Italo, named for the Italo Disco genre.

To ensure affordability, the Italo design team raided the Razor and Chupacabra parts bins to cut costs on development. Powering the Italo was an I5 taken from Chupacabra’s Santiago series of small vans, mated to a 5 speed manual taken from the the second generation Razor Phoenix, using wheels meant for use on the then-upcoming Razor seagull sports coupe. While most of the car was a parts bin special, the mostly fake exhaust, the dampeners, the side vents, and the roof were all developed for the Italo.

Starting sale in August of 1981, the Italo started off with a lukewarm reception, but steadily gained sales over its life, due to its surprising practicality and great tuning potential. This saw it getting modified for various purposes, including rallying, drifting, and pizza delivery for some reason.

The mid mounted I5 made 77 horsepower, mated to either a 5 speed manual or an optional 4 speed auto. It came in RWD from release, with AWD introduced as an option in 1984. To save costs, the interior came with basic seats, although more comfortable options were available for a higher price. No matter the trim, the Italo came with a frunk, with the spare wheel mounted where the trunk would normally be, along with 8 cup holders throughout the interior.

By 1985, Innovation took notice of the strong sales, and refreshed it with a revised front and rear fascia, along with new performance trim levels. This refresh also bumped the power to 82 hp on the base trim, 107 hp on the turbo trim, and 280 hp on the Miami edition. By 1992, the Italo had 347,882 production units, and around 90% of them were still on the road as of 2018.


#12

That would have been such a tall order with contemporary technology that it might as well have been next to impossible.

And I heard that it has a live rear axle - a crude setup that makes sense for big SUVs and vans, but doesn’t belong on the vast majority of passenger cars during the 90s, much less today.


#13

Ah yes, completely forgot about this car’s presentation in AGC. Live rear axle, so much for luxury on wheels for the younger crowd.


#14

2015 Innovation Belladonna 7


The seventh version of the name, the Belladonna is a muscle car based on Innovation’s then-new IM-G platform, later used on several other models in the various brands. The Belladonna takes styling cues from multiple past versions, with the front fascia in particular styled after the Belladonna 3.

The Belladonna 6 was available in I5 and V8 versions, starting at 250 and 380 hp respectively, mated to either a six speed manual or 8 speed Automatic, with higher trims offering an 8 speed DCT. All versions use MagneRide suspension allowing for a smoother ride.


The Belladonna 7 went on sale in summer of 2014, for the 2015 model year. A refresh was made in 2018, reworking the front and rear, bumping the power of both engine options to 300 and 400 hp respectively, and improving the suspension and brakes. By 2022, the last year of the Belladonna 7, it had sold 580,000 models worldwide, thanks to an agressive marketing push in India and China.


#15

Most of your designs look half-baked, quite frankly, but your latest car is a prime example - both the front and rear are a mess. You’ll need more than just a few fixtures to make a truly great front or rear fascia for a modern (post-2010) car - and you also ought to make them overlap through clever use of fixture layering. However, I do like your choice of exterior color for it, although I would have wanted a bit more flake to make it pop out more.


#16

That’s funny Abg, imo at times you don’t even follow your own advice about fixtures.


#17

But I see a progress in the later cars compared to the first ones. Doing great design in Automation is very hard for 2010-onwards cars, even my modern cars are not really the best designs, and if you look at my companies in the sharing part of the forum it is evident that it took quite some time to develop more complex designs.


#18

8 Generations of Panamerica

From left to right: Panamerica 8 in Reflection Yellow, Panamerica 7 in Blaupink, Panamerica 6 in Frost White, Panamerica 5 in Race Green, Panamerica 5 in Flash Teal and white, Panamerica 4 in Midnight and Racing Green, Panamerica 2 in Midnight and Platinum Purple, and Panamerica 1 in Flash Teal.


#19

pretty nice to see your improvement, continue that way, Rise!
btw, i really love that viper sort-of thing(the 3th from the left to right) and will love to see its rear (or a redesign of it)


#20

@Arvok1 ask and ye shall receive.

Panamerica 1

Panamerica 2

Panamerica 3

Panamerica 4

Panamerica 5

Panamerica 6

Panamerica 7

Panamerica 8

All the .car files in case anyone wants to mess around with them.
Platinum - Panamerica 1.car (22.1 KB)

Platinum - Panamerica 2.car (33.7 KB)

Platinum - Panamerica 3.car (26.4 KB)

Platinum - Panamerica 4.car (25.3 KB)

Platinum - Panamerica 5.car (22.9 KB)

Platinum - Panamerica 6.car (27.5 KB)

Platinum - Panamerica 7.car (32.7 KB)

Platinum - Panamerica 8.car (50.3 KB)