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2017 Merciel Corsaire GTE

In response to a certain front engined British GTE car made by @DeusExMackia, Merciel has also created their own front engined GTE car in the form of the Merciel Corsaire…

The new 2017 Merciel Corsaire GTE marks the return of Merciel to GT racing, following the tragic death of Sergio Alcetti at LeMans in 2006.
The new GTE Corsaire has been developed from the preexisting 2016 Merciel Corsaire chassis, retaining the glued aluminium unibody and carbon fibre sub-frames.

However, unlike the standard car, the GTE Corsaire is fitted with a fibreglass-Kevlar composite shell which keeps the weight and costs low.

Under the bonnet seats an F series inline 6 turbo, found in the Merciel Verona, producing well over 750hp


If that’s not a rival to the Mk4 Scarlet, I don’t know what is, but the blue paint and yellow headlights remind me of Alpines of old, such as the original A110 and the later A310.


Looks sexy as hell though.


Extra Images


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!


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


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!


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


ok, Corsaire. You got me. I WANT ONE


Merciel is ready for WEC 2018, anyone else?


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.




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


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


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)


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


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


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 ?)


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

SARA - Société Automobile de Rhône Alpes

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)


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


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 late 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…

Auto Corporation of America | ACA, ACA Light Truck Division, Montpelier Luxury Motor Division & Auto Corporation of Australia| 1965-1975 ACA RoadCruiser, Rio Grande & Montpelier Cavalry

In lieu of all the group C designing going on cough @Mr.Computah cough ofc I would jump on the bandwagon too :stuck_out_tongue:

Nohda 500VX Group C

Ever since the success of the Nohda 500V at IMSA in 1978, Nohda had been refining the 500V to become even more competitive in their attempt to finish on the podium in the following seasons.
However, by 1983 it was apparent that the naturally aspirated 5L V12 was no longer capable of keeping up with the competition. As such it was decided to upgrade the 500V and redesign it ready for Group C.

First thing that was changed was the engine. Originally, the 500V’s engine was effectively just two V6s found in the Nohda Cadenza GT glued together creating a 5L V12. In Nohda’s attempt to make the 500V competitive, Nohda’s Osaka Racing Division, NORD turbocharged the 5L V12. However it was found that the 5L V12 was incapable of handling the boost even with strengthened parts. Thus it was decided to destroke the engine. The 5L V12 was changed to a 4.5L V12 Turbo. This engine was capable of pushing out 712 hp, launching the car from 0-100 in under 4 seconds.

The car also went through radical styling changes. Using the latest in computer aided design, the new 1986 500VX was sleeker and more aerodynamic than before. This allowed the car to potentially reach 384km/h. In addition, the car received new a 5 speed manual transmission from Weith GmbH & Co. KGaA, which made the car more responsive and shifted much faster. The new aerodynamics also kept the car planted to the ground allowing it to go round corners faster than before.


2019 Merciel Vixen WRC Special

seeing as the old one died after that one update, might as well make it look better :stuck_out_tongue:

Based on the 2012 Merciel Vixen, Merciel plan to return to the WRC stage in 2019.
With this new car, Merciel are looking for good results next year, especially due to the disastrous 2017 season.

Powering the new WRC Vixen is a heavily modified Montreuil “Clement” inline 4. Following the current Super 1600 rules, the engine is destroked to 1.6L, fitted with a turbocharger with a restrictor plate. The engine is limited to 380hp, however the maximum torque will remain undisclosed.

In addition to the new engine, the aerodynamics have been made wilder than ever, with thick boxy fenders, a massive rear wing and a large rear diffuser. These assist the car when its hurtling down a rally stage at 100mph and prevent the car from flying off the road. The wider arches also accommodate for thicker wheels and a wider track, further increasing stability.


2019 Nohda Shourai Super GT

just one more thing :wink:

Nohda are returning to Super GT 300 next year. With the release of the new Nohda Shourai V8 (Review of the road car here), Nohda have decided to take their latest creation onto the track.

The tuning was done by Nohda’s Osaka Racing Division, NORD, who managed to push the naturally aspirated 4.6L Montreuil/Nohda V8 to 525hp. With this powerful V8 combined with the lighweight chassis of the Shourai, the new Super GT 300 car should be capable of accelerating from 0-100 in less than 4 seconds.

The aerodynamics have also been heavily modified, with a new custom made carbon fibre diffuser and undertray. A large rear wing has also been added. All these new aerodynamic modifications allow the Shourai Super GT to corner at even higher speeds. In addition, with the improved Wreith vented brakes, the car should decelerate faster too, allowing for much faster times round a track.