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I know it’s the early 1970s man, but come on!
So, I’m making a car for the fuel crisis. I don’t want it to be crazy uncomfortable, but you know, lore states that these cars were as plain jane AF. So I figure, I guess dealers could add their own options, they used to do that. What’s more 1970s than just about anything else? An eight track player! Seems to work, it drive comfort from a low 4 to a mid 10. Only thing is, this sucker weighs 62.7 kgs, 135 pounds. What’s worse, it adds nearly $900 to my material cost, and nearly $1400 to the final price tag. Further, it sacks my fuel economy and reliability to downright crap; which is not mentioning that now I have to add some brake back to it. OOF!


8 tracks weren’t actually standard on many vehicles, short of luxobarges. Even then, not often. Though they were often available as options, usually dealer-installed. Honestly, most middle-of-the-road cars had an AM radio with a single 4" or 4x6" speaker in the dash. An FM tuner and two speakers was ballin’ back then.


Yeah, I get that. I was just trying to give my eco box a little creature comfort


I’ve dubbed this car the Shoveit, for allusory purposes, but I’m sure if it had been finished, I would have come up with a classier, more marketable name. I wrote the lore on my Pegasus brand, before boxer engines were available, but I’m not sure without the proper retcon, anyone would get it; because the Pegasus Courier and Porter, are knock offs of VW Beetle and VW bus respectively, to the extreme of the Ford Model T. When I decided to put a box 4 in this car, rather than a straight 4, its sportiness went from 0 to 10. None of the cars I’ve described have ever been considered sporty, except the Super-Beetle

This was to be my entry to CSR81. I wanted a realistic story line that goes with the simplicity message of original lore. I just could not get it to my satisfaction. The file linked, would be a base model. Much like its real life inspiration, it would feature very little in creature comforts, and only 2 seats. Because the rules of the CSR, I concocted a story line, where the dealer added in all these options, but a dealer has to work a downright miracle to make this car comfortable.

Yes, I used a solid rear axle. I thought it’d be realistic. Even upgrading interior from Basic to Standard, with an AM radio, made it barely bearable (although as noted above, somehow an 8 track made a world of difference) Anything I tried, drove up the budget, and drove down the fuel economy (which really wasn’t that good at only 26 mpg)

Anyway, I spent too long fiddling with it, and it never got finished.

Pegasus - Shoveit.car (19.9 KB)


This was one of my creations. I started with a body that sort of looks like the 5th gen Camaro/Trans Am. I also put my Euro-spec M3 inspired engine in it; then I made a variant with a Lotus Carlton inspired engine (having never seen one in real life, I had to Wikipedia it). I got the HP numbers down, but the Torque is well short. Both engines got terrible MPGs, and it didn’t really matter which one I used, acceleration was about the same (Top speed was better with the 3.6) I couldn’t really think of a high end, lux, GT model that would be similar to this (I thought maybe the XK, but this would have been too early for that). I’ve included the .car file for the 3.6 version.

Model 1 - Trim 2 Clone Clone.car (24.1 KB)

I used a design for my M3 inspired car, even though this predates that design by 2 years. I tried turbo charging the 3.0 liter I-6, but all that did was sabotage the reliability, and improve the MPGs a little. I didn’t think it was really worth it, so I scrapped that, and went instead with a NA 5 liters V12. I also played with the lights, since I’ve never really done that before. Included are the original 3.0, and the submitted 5.0.

CSR82-UndercoverHardwareman - GThree Real.car (32.9 KB)
CSR82-UndercoverHardwareman - G5 by Giusseppe.car (33.6 KB)


All right. So I wanted to do something different for this one. Mostly since my first thought was to create a toyota celica supra-like vehicle, but that was already done. I wanted to do a fiero/mr2 like vehicle, but couldn’t make it driveable without staggering the wheels; plus the annual service costs were horrendous. I designed a Civic Si type vehicle, but I’m not sure that’s what I want to represent my brand. This was my alternate entry. I couldn’t get it to the minimum mandated speed of 180 km/h though, so I thought I’d leave it here.

CSR83-UndercoverHardwareman - Nagoya Sparrow Kei.car (20.6 KB)

I went back into this, to find that the overall length of the car, despite my shortening all the morphs, is 3.91 m; meaning technically not a Kei car, because of that overhang. But still, you could imagine.


When i wrote the lore to my Pegasus brand, boxer engines weren’t available. I haven’t completely fleshed out my Nagoya story yet, but I’m sure it’s going to involve splitting off from a well known manufacturer of rotary powered cars, seeking to make equally quirky, yet less problematic designs. In an earlier csr, (succeeding the wankel) I thought about establishing the company as a boxer heavy company; but I’d rather retcon Pegasus, since it was originally a value- cost leader/ import fighter, targeted specifically at Volkswagen.

The question I pose to the community is whether i should retcon Pegasus or not, and whether Nagoya should be the boxer heavy manufacturer or not.

  • retcon Pegasus, and find a different story for Nagoya
  • Leave Pegasus alone and make Nagoya a boxer heavy company
  • Let both companies use boxer engines
  • Don’t use boxer engines, they’re stupid

0 voters


That’s, uh, kinda the point of playing is so that you can choose these things on your own. Be creative, use that mind of yours perhaps. It’s a competition about creativity.


This would’ve been my alternate entry. I changed the name, because someone used GranTurismo in their ad, this is supposed to be a knockoff of GranTurismo, and what’s GranTurismo’s competition? Forza; so, there you go.
All joking aside, I really racked my brain on this one, because I think this one looks better, but the other has better stats (GQ, meaning Giusseppe Quattroporte); plus I was able to get full cladding on the GQ (helps with comfort, prestige, and gas mileage), at the expense of the staggered tyres. The Forza just didn’t look right without the staggered tyres, and I still couldn’t save enough for the cladding.
After this round is over, I will post the .car files, and I’ll unleash (had to nerf for regulation) the engine. In trying to stay true to the source material, I’ll likely make it more efficient, rather than more powerful.

According to websites I looked at, the Maseratti engine was 92.0x79.8 for 4244 cc and produced 395 hp (my goal for this project). Another website stated that compression for this engine was 11.0:1, but I just could not attain those numbers; instead, I upped the compression to 12.3. In order to get loudness below 35, I used a 3 way cat, instead of a high flow 3 way cat; again making it more difficult to attain (I had to raise AFR to 11.9). The end result, was an engine that got the desired hp numbers, but was 15.7% efficient. In the unleashed version, I tried to max out efficiency, and got to 18.9%; I could’ve done better, but peak hp had to be at 7,000 rpm. Anyway, this improved fuel economy from 12.8 on the Forza and 12.1 on the GQ, to 16 and 14.5 respectively (along with the cladding and 2+2 seating that it should’ve had all along). Another thing; since Maserattis are not too reliable IRL, I went with cast and low friction cast, over the lightweight forged in the submitted version.

After all of that, it was binned for its looks, rather than its technical merit (even though the fuel economy is a glaringly bad technical issue). The submitted vehicle was Italian racing green, with black spoke wheels, with body-matching rims (I regret nothing). I was trying out a ‘gun-metal’ type color, but thought it clashed a bit with the green.
I probably should have submitted the Forza, even as I was wrapping up the GQ, it seemed to say to me “Lexus LS” (Even Zmees said it looked like a snoozing Jag). Some fixtures I wanted to use, just didn’t work. I used the GranTurismo as the original design, and tried to port that over to the GQ, but in real life, the Quattroporte doesn’t look as exciting as I remembered it from 2007. Part of the design featured a modded grille, that doesn’t show in photo mode. The lights worked on the Forza, but not so much on the GQ (the alternative was a modded fixture ‘Cutouts’ and ‘Things’, which I just could not handle)

GQ - Sedan.car (26.3 KB)
Forza - Giusseppe Forza.car (27.8 KB)

GQ - Unleashed.car (26.3 KB)
Forza - Unleashed.car (27.8 KB)


Pantheon XR
I haven’t fleshed out Pantheon’s lore, just yet, so I’m putting this here instead.

The XR-Red is a S80 R meets Integra meets WRX, and if I could have a double wing on the back, meets XR4Ti.
This was the competition version CSR87-UndercoverHardwareman - Pantheon XR-Red.car (26.5 KB)

This is the improved version, fixed according to host feedback (except for the red trim, that’s solid) meant to still adhere to challenge rules. Pantheon XR - Red.car (26.5 KB)


In CSR 73, I tried to make a vehicle that ran on low quality fuel. There aren’t many challenges, or situations that ask for this, but currently there is. Thing is, my CSR entry was terrible; the fuel economy was the worst of all the submissions. I don’t know exactly what I made, or how it was set up, but I remember (because I have it written down) that it used 24.7 liters per 100 km. I think that was May.
Anyway, there’s a challenge (His Highness Demands Round #1 (1950-56) [ENTRIES OPEN, WILL CLOSE 2/10/2019]), They want a fuel efficient, commuter budget car, and bonus points if it can run on low quality fuel. So far the most effective way I’ve found to improve economy, is to advance the spark. Even so, I’m mired in the 8 mpg range with my test car. Any tips?


So it’s been a while. I wanted to get a decent rig up and working before I played again. Here it is:

I’ve entered a couple of cars; they’re not the best, but the feedback I received on one was needlessly salty.
So, this is what I submitted:
CSC-UndercoverHardwareman - Typical 80s Sport.car (32.9 KB)
This was in part, inspired by reading about the Toyota Supra, as the OP had hinted that would be the inspiration. Now, this is not the body style of the Supra, as all except for myself and one other used the 1980s sedan, hatchback coupe variant. Whereas this model has the correct wheelbase (2.6 m) and roughly the correct drag coefficient (0.348), the other model has a higher drag, and longer wheelbase.
The reviewer had a point, criticizing the painted grille in the rubber bumper. It just seemed like something I remembered seeing in the 1980s, but truth be told, it was likely aftermarket on some Dodge Dart or something. The reviewer did not like the lights, and proceeded to suggest that I threw this together in 30 minutes, half-assed. Okay, fair enough, you didn’t like the lights, but I spent 30 minutes on those alone. What I was trying to do, was something like this:

Getting grilles or lids to lift just over the exposed headlight, and it’s not that easy. Maybe that’s something for American Shitboxes, and has no place on Japanese sportscars, but it was an honest, diligent effort. In my latest re-imagining, I simply imply that the headlights are there, which is fine, when you take the picture out of focus, like this:

But if you clear it up, and actually look at it, it doesn’t look right.

I’ve also tried bumper bars, but that doesn’t work either. And most of the mods, don’t work with 4.21. I submitted this without a sunroof/t-tops, The OP said to use the black rectangle badge; but that just looks like shit.

My new version is a Nagoya, and even has a wing. And since it is a Nagoya, it should also have a Boxer in it as well, for lore.
Salty Nagoya - Osprey XS Clone.car (36.9 KB)
Salty Nagoya - Osprey XS.car (36.9 KB)
And here it is 18 years later, all grown up:

Nagoya - NO-XS.car (33.6 KB)


At no point would I consider the response you received on your entry “salty”. Rather than bitch about some criticism on another thread here, perhaps consider asking the person who is hosting the CSC for feedback and suggestions instead. Also, bear in mind the entries other people have submitted and take a moment to observe the detail and proportions used and use that as a “lesson learned”.


It’s probably easier to blame my “needlessly salt” than admit your car wasn’t as good as other entries. You talk like you did everything good and you should win, but let’s be honnest, look at your design, and look at the cars you took from internet.
Don’t tell me they look the same.
I see that you wanted to inspire this pontiac, and the best advice I can give you is: look at how it’s made. Look closely to details, try to use the good fixtures to copy some parts of it. I’m not telling you to make an entire copy of the pontiac, but copying some parts of the car is a good way to improve your skill at designing in automation, to learn the good proportionning of the fixtures…

I don’t host a challenge to be freely salty, and I don’t think anybody does this on the forum. I do it to give your car a feedback, an honnest feedback on what I think of it. If you don’t want my feedback, don’t enter the challenge…


Well i’ve learned a lesson from that…


My point was that other cars, even those that got binned, got reviews that were constructive. Mine got “spend more than 30 minutes on your design”. This post was to illustrate my thought and design process, pointing out that I did in fact try, as much as I failed; without derailing the CSC thread, as others have been known to do. So yes, I think it was needlessly salty; as if you couldn’t be bothered. The fact is, you had more to say about this post, than you did about my entry.


Yeah, keep refusing any advice, as intended.
No, my feedback wasn’t only “spend more than 30 min” and you know it. And yes I had more to say, and I took the time to give you some advices on your own thread, others doesn’t have this extended feedback. But you prefer deny everything and say I was salty.
The reality is you don’t want critisism and you don’t accept my help.
Go, keep denying everything I say, you did everything ok and I was salty, you’ll certainly progress like this.


I’m not denying what you said, and like I said, you had more to say. You choose to say it here which is good as it would’ve derailed the CSC thread; but you did not say it in the original response, which is my point. There are challenges where users provide detail write ups, and those where, rather than try, they hurl out an insult. I feel like yours was the latter.
And it’s not just about you. I received a write up that was, “just no”. That’s in this thread too.
All the same this thread is for me to illustrate my thought processes, so they if you don’t like those, you can tell me where I thought wrong; such as your previous post.
The car failed, and I can see that when I look at the other entrants, even before reviews. I’m not saying mine was good. I’m saying that the review came off as terse, and even if you’re completely tired of my designs, there’s a better way to say that.


Everything’s subjective, and at a certain point you’re simply tired of looking at bland design. I get it as well in my challenges.

Honestly, “just, no” is quite good for a car you don’t like in my book. That’s basically a “meh”. If it’s really horrible, that would probably lead to a more colourful feedback.

And, well, the car, even compared to the models that inspired it, looked quite meh indeed.


Have you read the feedback I wrote to the other entries to say that?
I have more to say about other cars too, but the most importants things are here. I make this CSC on my free time after work, If I want finish it in time, I have to be brief on the first round.
And I didn’t gave you much more different feedback on your thread, I juste gave you the best advice I give to anyone: Look closely at a real car of the era.
Stop thinking I don’t like you or that the forum is “bored” of your designs, I don’t know you, and I don’t judge you but your design.