Coincidentally, working on something else at the moment, and would like some advice. I wasn’t sure where to ask, so I put it in general chat. Do these fixtures work for you?, linked here.
Pegasus in the new age
October 1986, the stock market crashed. Car companies start cutting corners, bringing out old outdated boxy designs with under-powered motors. And then come the layoffs, and the off-shoring. Olympus Motor Group prides itself on its close relationship with the local unions, but they may have to resort to drastic measures if they don’t think outside the box.
Recently, the concept of a low priced, fix-it-yourself vehicle has become more of a niche market, and Pegasus started losing some market share; after all, their target market is typically the hardest hit by this economic downturn. Over the last 40 years, Olympus has built new plants for its other brands, and it seems like now would be the time to re-invest in the Pegasus nameplate. Beginning January 1, 1987, the large plant producing the Courrier and Porter models was put into 24/7 production. The crew continued to work their 5- 8 hour days, but not necessarily Monday through Friday. Extra personnel were brought in from other plants, where they would split their week 3 days at their home plant, 2 at the Pegasus plant. Production would continue like this until June 30, 1988, when the Pegasus plant would be shut down and razed to make room for a new, more up to date plant. In these 18 months, workers built enough Courrier and Porter models to last through the end of 1990, when the Courrier would cease to be (until 2008), as would the Porter (with no plans as of yet to bring back that name). At the end of this production run-up, anyone who was within 5 years of retiring was offered a full pension, if they would help to make way. This allowed most of the workforce to be distributed to existing plants, while the remaining would be utilized in the construction of the new plant.
For the 1988 model year, Three new motors were introduced for the Pegasus line, meaning the carbureted Pegasus 1300 would end with the Courrier and Porter. The New Wave Pegasus motors were the New Wave Pegasus Three, the New Wave Pegasus Four, and the New Wave Pegasus Six. All three models were DOHC with 4 valves per cylinder and multi-port fuel injected, co-opted from the parent companies more expensive brands. Their displacements were 1.2 liters, 1.6 liters, and 2.4 liters respectively. The New Wave Pegasus Three, produced 62 hp and 96 lb ft of torque, and the New Wave Pegasus Four, 85 hp and 120 lb ft of torque; both motors had a turbo option which was good for an extra 45% more horsepower and torque, as well as slightly better economy, at the expense of having to pay for premium fuel. The New Wave Pegasus Six did not have a turbo option, but produced a decent 112 hp and 154 lb ft of torque.
The 1988 model year also saw the end of the mid-sized Traveler, in favor of the more compact Fidget; which shared a chassis with the Orion Panther and Star Comet. Also gone, was the Full-size Hauler pickup truck, replaced by the compact P-50; which shared its chassis with the Star Craftsman compact pickup. Black and Primer were no longer a charming way to cut costs in customers’ eyes, so Pegasus expanded its color pallet to include black, white, and six candy colors in between, with primer being reserved for large fleet orders (for which these cars were still designed). The trim packages now included the Standard (absolutely basic package), the Plus One (which would feature a 4 speed automatic transmission for the first time under this brand), the Plus Two (Air conditioning and AM/FM Cassette stereo), Plus Three (on the Fidget and other future models would feature the Turbo variant of their respective motor with the 5 speed manual), and Plus Four (on the P-50 would feature 4 wheel drive with a 5 speed manual, and off road suspension)
The Fidget shown here in coupe variant for 1988, featured the New Wave Pegasus Four. The Plus Three Trim package would feature the turbo variant. Also available in Sedan, and Estate Wagon.
A model that would be resurrected was the Wanderer. The Wanderer would feature the New Wave Pegasus Four and was produced on the same assembly line as the light trucks, but on its very own chassis. This Wanderer would be a bit smaller than older generations, but just as adept at off-roading.
Even though this is a picture of the 2010 Wanderer, it was reprised in 1988 and continues to this day, trust me.
Construction on the New Pegasus plant was completed in July of 1989, a bit later than expected; the 1990 models would be delayed, quite possibly until the 1991 model year. As the economy started to recover a bit, and word got out that there would be no more Courriers or Porters, Pegasus supply of entry level cars began to dwindle. In fact, the last Courrier would be sold on 29 September 1989, and the last Porter on February 12, 1990. This meant there would be a gap of six months before the Courrier’s replacement could reach showroom floors. Finally on July 1, 1990, the world would see the model that replaced the beloved, and famed Courrier (as well as the Porter, but people really weren’t clamoring too much over that); the 1991 Pegasus Getaway. Featuring the New Wave Pegasus Three, the Getaway was an economical and quite affordable entry level car. Many people however, were demanding the Plus Three trim; there was a run on showroom floors. Pegasus could not meet demand, even with their new high tech facility. By 1995, supply and demand began to equalize, and people were happy with Pegasus once again.
Olympus Motor Group Executives wanted to have the Getaway ready for the 1990 model year, but conservative estimates had it projected as a 1990.5. In the end, it arrived just barely in time for the 1991 model year. High demand, especially for the Plus Three variant, caused rushed work, and very frequently reliability problems. By 1995, most of the problems had been ironed out. Unlike the Courrier and Porter, executives decided to keep the Getaway fresh, by performing cosmetic changes every 5 years.
In the 2000s, engineers wanted to design something fun for Pegasus owners. They designed a 21st century variant of the New Wave Four Turbo, that would feature direct injection. This would give the engine 13 extra horsepower, making it more efficient, and allow it to run on regular unleaded fuel. This engine would be put in a small two seat coupe, with an expected release for the 2008 model year. Unfortunately, the economy started heading south once again. Marketers launched a last minute campaign to badge the new coupe with a familiar name. The car whose project name was Zoom, would be branded the New Courrier.
The new Courrier got a class leading 47 miles per gallon, and could accelerate to 60 MPH in under 6 seconds. This model was so successful that Olympus Motor Group decided to make an Orion based on it, rather than the other way around; that model would not see showrooms until 2011 however, and would feature a much more aggressive powertrain. The New Courrier would only come in 1 trim, being that it was already turbo-charged and had the necessary accoutrment, but because of the Courrier’s do-it-yourself legacy, aftermarket turbo modification kits were often sold.
This is the lineup of Pegasus until this very day, although many models have been refreshed and updated.
Pegasus Motors. An entry level, economy brand, import fighter. Part of the Olympus Motor Group family.
And now a moment for some artistic expression
It wasn’t. When the stripes get so long, they gravitate towards the middle, so they have to be unnecessarily layered. If anyone knows how to do rollbars, that would be helpful.
I’ve improved the design a bit
I tuned the engine down for 1980s CAFE requirements, but it’s still a little OP, and not quite as efficient.
That rack of drive-lights is making the mid-west murican in me cry eagle tears. The old truck’s hood looked like someone painted over it to hide rust. This one is very well crafted however. It looks more era-correct too.
It has been brought to my attention that OMG’s performance brand had been using a moniker that had been previously used by another poster. Therefore (and I have searched this) the performance brand will be referred to as Pantheon, as in the place where the Greeks worshiped their gods. Any posts in which I previously used the Orion name, are no longer considered Canon.
As part of the reboot, and retcon, here is the 1950 Olympus Virgo Sedan .The Virgo, along with the Libra coupe, first rolled into showrooms Labor day weekend, 1948, as a 1949 model. The updates for 1950 were minor, except this would be the year Olympus introduced the Lux-O-Matic 2 speed, automatic transmission, as an option, along side the 4 speed overdrive manual. The model was available in 2 trims; Luxe and DuLuxe. It would also come with one of 2 engines; the 210 cubic inch Inline 6, or the 296 cubic inch V8. The Inline 6 delivered a buttery smooth 120 horsepower/158 lb. ft. of torque, with minimal effort; The V8 produced a gritty 158 horsepower and 197 lb. ft. of torque, for extra confidence on country roads. The Luxe model was a premium sedan with voluptuous appointments and wood trim, and a top of the line AM radio. The DuLuxe trim was more extravagant, with hand stitched, personally monogrammed upholstery, and hand-burled walnut trim, and gold watch inlay, in addition to the AM radio.
side note: my old computer quit last week. I bought a computer with similar vitals to replace it. 2 issues that I did not account for. 1) The case on this new computer is not the right size for the GPU I had. 2) I believe that part of the reason my old computer crashed, was because I had been having driver conflicts with my GPU, that kept causing BSOD. The result is, I’m playing on low graphics setting (Who’d thought that 1 GB would make such a difference?), and the photo backdrops don’t fully load.
I edited post #10, The Troublesome 50s part 2
I posted the advertisments for the new designs. Here are the corresponding files.Gen3-UndercoverHardwareman - Olympus Libra Luxe.car (31.6 KB)
Sagittarius - Roadster.car (25.4 KB)
Libra - Luxe.car (31.5 KB)
Aquarius - Luxe.car (22.9 KB)
Virgo - Premier.car (27.0 KB)
Virgo - DuLuxe.car (27.0 KB)
This should be titled ‘The Troublesome 50s part 3’, or maybe 'Into the 60s’
During lite campaign in the kee version, the Pisces was the smaller counterpart to the Aquarius (more accurately, the Aquarius was the larger counterpart to the Pisces). However, the UE4 version does not have that model. I decided to resurrect the nameplate for a CSR recently, and re-imagined it as a small, light duty pickup coupe. In the original lore it was a small Inline 6 cylinder, however for CSR, reliability was a concern, so I replaced the small DOHC straight 6 for a push-rod flat-plane V8.
CSR72-UndercoverHardwareman - Olympus Pisces.car (48.4 KB)
Here’s a link to the picture that inspired this creation
1958 saw the retirement of Robert Stewart, head of Olympus. In his absence, Pantheon boss, Jerry Springstead was brought in to refresh the Olympus Roster. This meant an updated, cleaner looking front and rear fascias, and a re-commitment to the Lux-O-Matic transmission - pushing the limits of available technology - as well as filling the gaps in the luxury car market.
From the beginning, the Libra had been a full-size luxury coupe, with a 102 inch wheelbase; whereas the Virgo, which was always a sedan, had increased in size: From having a similar wheelbase, and just being slightly larger overall, to 1956’s titanic 133 inch wheelbase, with massive overhangs. Indeed the Virgo had adopted the convention “Bigger is better”, like many other luxury manufacturers, whereas the Libra remained the same touring coupe as always. Ideas were bantied about, such as a coupe version Virgo, and Libra sedan, or even this intermediate offering, available in coupe, sedan, or estate.
Referred to through internal memos, as the Capricorn, the idea was quickly scrapped, and those responsible, were sacked. There may come a day when Olympus needs an intermediate car, but that day had not come yet.
The Face-lifted Virgo and Aquarius would be available to the public in 1960, as a 1961 model.
In 1961, there would be a refreshed Libra and Sagittarius, for the 1962 model year. The next year, would be the face-lifted Pisces in limited run, and an all new offering.
Joe Rathbone met with Hollywood producers in 1958 to design a high-performance luxury coupe for a movie about an international spy. The car had to be high-end, to convey a aura of mystique, it could not simply be a Pantheon, or even a re-badged Pantheon. 12 Prototypes of the Olympus Scorpio were used in the film. The Scorpio used the Titanic Twelve, producing 243 horsepower, coupled with a 4 speed manual. The movie was set to come out during Summer 1962, the car would not be released until after labor day. Every numbered example of the Scorpio (a run of 250 cars would be produced each year) featured 2 hand stitched, monogrammed leather seats, hand-burled walnut inlay, and actor James Connery’s signature. It would go on to become Olympus’s first ‘Super Car’.