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Le Belge NV Company (1955-1974 1980-2018)


#1

Le Belge NV was founded in 1955 in Courcelles, Hainaut (Belgium) as a joint venture of several steel companies in an attempt to create a demand for steel and if possible have a decent profit from it.
The history of Le Belge is one of many comparable Belgian Companies:

1955: Le Belge was founded
1956: First car has been manufactured
1970: Le Belge launches their first commercial sportscar
1974: Due to the oil crisis, inability to adapt to the changing market and implosion of the Belgian industry Le Belge goes bankrupt
1980: Marc Legar, a Belgian businessman, buys the rights and brandname of Le Belge and makes it a modern NV (Ltd) company. The goal is to provide cheap and decent cars
1992: Government bailout and the Belgian government buys 51% of the shares
2002: After regionalization of the shares the Walloon government sells a majority of the shares and remains with a participation of 5%
2010: The company becomes a private company again and focuses on innovate cars
2018: what will the future bring?

This is briefly the history of Le Belge, soon I’ll post their first model (note that the models won’t be in chronological order) and hopefully their logo too.


#2

1990 Le Belge Elisabeth.
In 1989 Le Belge NV decides it wants to manufacture a cheap export model that could be used everywhere and built in large numbers. A reason for this sudden desire is the fact that the wall was falling and soon a brand new market would open up.

The result was the 1990 Le Belge Elisabeth

It was a Front Wheel Drive car with a transverse V8 that could generate 283 HP at 6200RPM, which is also the maximum RPM. A turbo was deemed too expensive so it is a naturally aspirated DCOE that had a fuel economy of 30.9.

With a capacity of 5 seats and a wheel base of 2.65 meter and a maximum length of 4.71 meter it was clearly aimed to be a family car but ended up in the Pony categories.

Nevertheless even with a price of $11.148,00 (0% margin) the car wasn’t the greatest succes and was next to a few other terrible decisions one of the reasons why the government had to bail-out Le Belge NV in '92.

A few more photos of the car

I hope you guys like the car since it’s my first ever designed car and I would always appreciate constructive feedback


#3

The body you chose became available in 1975, so it would have been very old-fashioned by 1990. Also, DCOE carbs would have been rendered obsolete by modern EFI systems by then, and the redline should have been a few hundred RPMs after the power peak to give more usable power, assuming the bottom end is strong enough. And sending 283 horsepower to just the front wheels would have been a recipe for disaster at the time, although it’s far more feasible now. However, the color and wheel rim design is quite nice, and the car is very affordable to buy, if not to run.

I am fairly convinced that the engine is a 60-degree, single-overhead-cam V8. Correct me if I’m wrong, though.


#4

A 150 horsepower inline-4 was a sporty family car or GTI hatchback in Belgium on the roads in 1989. A 283 horsepower V8 would be high-end sports or luxury car territory.


#5

Lore looks good but this is 1074937% not a european design. And if by 30 you meant mpg then it’s pretty damn impressive for a carburated V8, but if you meant mpg…
How.
How tf.


#6

Considering the bad engine tune, I’m betting 30.9 liters per 100km.


#7

Knight, the car was meant to be an export model and soon I realized it looked nowhere European. Instead of changing the car completely I just went with it, the changes I had in mind however will be poured in a new model.
I’m European so it’s not MPG but L/100KM.

After a bit of taming I got it under 200HP but still a thirsty engine, something I’ll have to improve in.

Nevertheless: thanks guys for the feedback


#8

1986 Le Belge Laurent Sport Royal
The 1980s, known for the revival of Le Belge and companies testing out new ideas and concepts. Some of these ideas and concepts were succesful, others weren’t.
Le Belge decided to also test out new ideas and concepts and came with a Sport Royal version of the Le Belge Laurent.

The Laurent Sport Royal was intended to be a premium/luxury and sportier version of the classical Laurent. The car came equiped with a turbo and could reach a whopping 190.6 HP however this could only be reached by affecting the fuel economy.

Stats

Max speed: 183 KM/H
0-100: 13.9 seconds
100-0: 40.1 meters
Does one KM in: 36.46 seconds

Engine: 2L InLine 4 Front Longitudinal
Max power: 190.6 HP @ 6600 RPM
Max RPM: 6900
Fuel system: Turbo Charger Single Point EFI
Fuel consumption: 28.3L/100KM
Gearbox: 4 Gear adv. Automatic RWD

Wheelbase: 2.64 meter
Length: 4.39 meter
Doors: 4 door
Capacity: 5 seats
Suspension: Double Whishbone (front) | Double whishbone (rear)
Weight: 1505.2 kg

Price: 25651 (0%)

Pictures

The rear with double exhaust and the needed badges

Close-up on the details on the rear

Rear to front view

Front view

As always: feedback is welcome and I’ll try to get better


#9

Ooh that looks decidedly german… and what a four cylinder! For 1986 that’s quite a bit of power!


#10

How on earth are you getting such atrocious fuel consumption? :thinking:


#11

Lots of power but woeful economy. The single point EFI system is holding it back - a modern multi point EFI setup would provide a massive reduction in fuel consumption if you tune the engine right. Even in 1986, a 2L turbo I4 could breach 200 bhp or more without the fuel consumption figure of a 747 if tuned properly.


#12

Maybe you could post your *.car here and some of the helpful and talented forum members can review it to give you tips for improvement.


#13

Well, I got the .car file because he wanted me to do a review in Beam. I will do, though I imagine it being short.

I couldn’t refrain from cloning the trim and variant and giving them my own tune: I did keep the car on full over the top luxury interior, which increases weight by a lot. In terms of engine, I tweeked the turbo mostly, which had a power curve that started and stopped somewhere near the read line, and I overall lowered the quality point spam on the engine.

Stats Old Stats New
Max speed: 183 KM/H Max speed: 202 KM/H
0-100: 13.9 seconds 0-100: 8.8 seconds
100-0: 40.1 meters 100-0: 39.0 meters
Does one KM in: 36.46 seconds Does one KM in: 30.16 seconds
Engine: 2L InLine 4 Front Longitudinal Engine: 2L InLine 4 Front Longitudinal
Max power: 190.6 HP @ 6600 RPM Max power: 190.5 HP @ 6300 RPM
Max RPM: 6900 Max RPM: 6900
Fuel system: Turbo Charger Single Point EFI Fuel system: Turbo Charger Multi Point EFI
Fuel consumption: 28.3L/100KM Fuel consumption: 17.1L/100KM
Gearbox: 4 Gear adv. Automatic RWD Gearbox: 4 Gear adv. Automatic RWD
Wheelbase: 2.64 meter Wheelbase: 2.64 meter
Length: 4.39 meter Length: 4.39 meter
Doors: 4 door Doors: 4 door
Capacity: 5 seats Capacity: 5 seats
Suspension: Double Wishbone (front/rear) Double wishbone (front/rear)
Weight: 1505.2 kg Weight: 1486 kg
Price: 25651 (0%) Price: 25092 (0%)

I’ll keep it up to the OP to share car files.


#14

The engine tune is something I yet have to get better at, just a matter of trial and error.

The original file, have fun with it and if you want tune it: go ahead and show me what you guys can get out of the engine.
Le Belge - Laurent.car (36.5 KB)


#15

1987 Le Belge Laurent Eco Sport
After the '86 Laurent Le Belge decided to update the car and make it future proof. This meant bigger head-, rearlights and indicators. There were the '86 Le Belge Laurent Sport Royal was an expensive car for those who could afford it, the '87 Le Belge Laurent Eco “Sport” was meant to be cheaper and more reliable and a way better fuel economy.

Max Speed: 174 KM/H
0-100: 11.5 seconds
100-0: 408 meters
Does one KM in: 33.6 seconds

Engine: 1.5L InLine 4 Front longitudinal
Max Power: 109.6 HP @ 5700 RPM
Max RPM: 6800
Fuel system: Turbo Charger Multi Point EFI
Fuel Consumption: 11L/100KM
Gearbox: 4 gear adv. Automatic RWD

Wheelbase: 2.64 meter
Length: 4.39 meter
Doors: 4 door
Capacity: 5 seats
Suspension: Double whishbone (Front/Rear)
Weight: 1247kg

Price: 12107 (0%)

Pictures

Want to try it out or help me make a better car? You can download the file here:
Le Belge - Laurent Neuville .car (35.2 KB)

As always: I deeply appreciate feedback and/or new ideas;


#16

Car still looks good, but europe isn’t really into updating a car every single year like the americans in the 50-70s. It’s more like “ayy let’s keep it the same for like 4, 5 years and then do a full visual overhaul” :wink:


#17

That is true, however the '87 variant is an update from the '83 model.
Thus the scenario is quite plausibel :slightly_smiling_face:


#18

Your use of a ladder frame on a passenger car only makes sense if you’re trying to replicate a Chevy Caprice or Ford Crown Vic (which the Laurent Neuville is not), and in this application only adds unnecessary weight and reduces safety. Also, double wishbones all around on a ladder-framed car? Totally at odds with the extra load capacity and off-road ability a ladder frame could confer.


#19

Unless you’re Swedish or French, then you multiply that by 2-3 for some models :stuck_out_tongue:


#20

You are right.
I made stupid mistakes, thank you for telling me and I deeply apologize for the mistakes