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#21

Sorry for the double post

A small throwback to the past…


While everyone is seems to be focusing on the newer games coming out, here’s a throwback to 2006! Yes its the Nohda Bop! in NFS Carbon, once again proving that VTEC I mean “TVEC yo” and JDM power can beat big, fat, lazy American muscle, in this case, a Maine Imperator :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks to @Mr.Computah for the great photoshop!


#22

Ohh yeahh triple post baby
Sorry for the triple post


Merciel Corsaire GTE 2018

Unveiled at the LA Auto Show this week, the Corsaire GTE has gone through a radical facelift. The new facelift features new LED headlights and front grill.

Behind, a new set of LED taillights, a new larger diffuser and a larger, more impressive rear wing. This all improves downforce and handling of the car

Underneath, the car has received some minor adjustments following the feedback from the 2017 car. The engine, which previously made whopping 800hp has now been electronically limited to 750, improving driveability and the electronic steering assist has been replaced with a variable hydraulic one, improving the driver’s feel for the road.

Overall, the new 2018 Corsaire should be just as, if not more competitive than the 2017 model.


The new 2018 Corsaire without any liveries


Merciel Vixen WRC 2018

Also shown at the LA Motor Show was the new 2018 Merciel Vixen WRC. Replacing the 2017 Vitesse WRC, the new 2018 Vixen WRC is the successor to the 2004 Vixen WRC, which won 3 consecutive championships from 2005-2008.

Due to the new 2018 regulations, the new Vixen is wider than the old Vitesse, allowing for more stability. In addition, the extra aerodynamic features present on the car further improve handling.

Underneath, the Vixen retains the 1.6L i4 from the Vitesse, which in itself is based off the 2004 Vixen. While the extra weight of the Vixen may seem to hinder the performance of the car, the new 2018 car features a new, more sophisticated anti-lag system that reduces lag allowing for it to reach peak power much faster.

In addition to this, the new Vixen features a more advanced electronic central locking differential and a new 6 speed sequential gearbox, overall, making the Vixen as fast as the Vitesse.


The new 2018 Vixen WRC without any liveries


#23

The Corsaire looks like it could give an equivalent Scarlet or Fleming a run for its money, and the Vixen… Well, quite frankly, it’s mental!


#24

Dude, read the guidelines. You aren’t allowed to post pr0n on here :roll_eyes:


#25

ok, Corsaire. You got me. I WANT ONE


#26

Merciel is ready for WEC 2018, anyone else?


#27

That’s a good looking paintscheme. I’ve done something very similar in terms of general idea (use of different colour triangles) for a girl drifter a few weeks back. And this clicks with me very much.


#28

Meee!


#29

Merciel Lore

1949 Merciel Modèle 1949

Backstory: Post War

Following the end of the war, Merciel’s CEO, Fabrice Benett was arrested by the new provsional government for treason and collaborating with the invading forces along side many other French auto-industry leaders. Benett would incarcerated Fresnes Prison. There he would commit suicide on 10th October 1944. The provisional government would then requisition many Merciel and Montreuil factories.


The first car to be made by Merciel after the war, the Modèle 1949 was their latest perfecting the basic car for the masses. Using new manufacturing techniques learned during the war, the new M-49 could be produced at a much lower cost and in less time.

Under the bonnet sat a small 600cc inline 3. Developed before the war as a new low cost and easy to manufacture powerplant, the 600cc “Benett” was manufactured by Montreuil and named after Merciel’s late co-founder Fabrice Benett. The engine was capable of making 24hp

The interior was spartan. No radio, a bench in the rear and two bucket seats in the front. There were no carpets or trim on the panels. All this was intentional in trying to garner mass market appeal. The car was so easy to produce that 4 skilled workers were capable of making the car in less than an hour and by 1951, the production process was so streamlined that the main factory in Montreuil could produce 3 cars in an hour.

Specification: Merciel Modèle 1949

Chassis

Chassis Type: Body-On-Frame
Chassis Material: Steel
Panel Material: Steel
Engine Placement: Front Longitudinal
Front Suspension: Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension: Leaf-sprung live axle

Engine

Montreuil “Benett” OHV Inline 3
Displacement: 600cc
Block Material: Cast Iron
Header Material: Cast Iron
Fuel System: Single Barrel Single Carburettor
Fuel Type: 92 RON Leaded
Power: 24 hp @ 5000 RPM
Torque: 41 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Weight: 69.3 kg
Size: 5.7L

Trim

Drivetrain: Longitudinal RWD
Gearbox: 3 Speed Manual
Differential: Open
Tyre Description: [F] P125/125C11 100K | [R] P125/125C11 100K
Brake Type: [F]195mm Single Leading Shoe Drum | [R] 195mm Single Leading Shoe Drum
Brake Bias: [F] 50% | [R] 50%
Undertray: n/a
Seating: Front Bucket and Rear Bench (5 seats)
Power Steering: None
Springs: Standard
Dampers: Twin-Tube
Sway Bars: Passive
Weight: 575 kg
Fuel Economy: 23.3 MPG (US)

Performance

Top Speed: 62.4mph
0-60mph Time: 79.1s
50-80mph Time: n/a
Quarter Mile Time: 25.35s
Standing Km Time: 48.76s
Stopping Distance: 65.5m

Price

Fr 152,525 @10% Markup (Converted into 1949 Francs)


#30

There is a definitive trend towards small I3 cars in postwar France - though the Benett is much more upmarket than the Armistice (from what I gather, you can even choose the Benett’s paint !)

(I’d love to know where you fond a converter towards 1949 francs ?)


#31

I googled French Francs to US Dollar Historical

edit: Also regarding your comparison with your own model, the M-49 is actually a bit cheaper at $5090 @10% markup


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#32

Let’s hope that’s the impact of being a 49 model vs a 46 :wink:

(that, and I might have invested a bit too much in making this driveable - I’ll have a look at the brakes and tyres)


#33

Until 2 cylinders are released and we have a new cheapset engine layout option :stuck_out_tongue:


#34

Lore: Merciel in America and the formation of the “Chevron Alliance”


Early Attempts

After the war, Europe was permanently scarred. Almost all the main roads in France were damaged, riddled with bomb craters, as well as many major bridges destroyed or unusable. As such, to make a profit as a European automobile company, you had to sell to the only place that had good roads and plenty of money, America.

In America, the economy was booming, with many returning from the war looking to spend their wages. Thus, the new Merciel CEO, Thierry Garreau decided it would be the perfect opportunity to sell some cars in the US. Starting in 1952 with the Modèle 1949, Garreau planned to expand their lineup in America with the hopes of gaining some traction.

But, it was not to be. Even though the Modèle 1949 would sell well in the US, the combination of the import tariffs and hefty shipping costs mounted up, and by 1956, it was deemed unprofitable to sell and Merciel pulled out of the US market altogether.

70’s Woes

However in late 1968, US manufacturer, Auto Corporation of America decided to expand into Europe. It was an expensive and risky venture, especially seeing as ACA’s profits were currently stagnating at that point. While ACA was partnered with Caliban at the time, Caliban was not large enough to support ACA’s plans. It was therefore considered safer to partner with a larger, more successful European marque.
For this, ACA would turn to Merciel, one of the largest French manufacturers.

Negotiations between the two companies began in late 1971, but negotiations took a sharp turn in 1973. With the major energy crisis in '73, ACA scrambled to get any deal. Their partnership with Caliban ended in 1969, and with no new designs coming soon, ACA could potentially go bankrupt. It would be at this point that ACA decided to agree to the terms laid out by Merciel the year prior.

To be continued on the ACA thread…


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