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SBA (South Bangkok Autoworks) Plc. Lore + Models


#1

Sawasdee.
Welcome to my first car company in the community, SBA or stands for South Bangkok Autoworks Inc.
SBA Inc. was founded by (bored) auto technicians and Air force engineers who seeks something unique, fueled my nationalism after suffered from massive importing regulation and from Fuel crisis in 50’s.
Although it was late comer especially in fuel economy car hampered by government’s support, the company was founded in South of the Bangkok so closed by the river seeking in balance of technology and reliability.

(sorry for medium graphic settings as I need some performance from my old Laptop)

[size=150]1962 SBA - Kesa - 1300 DX[/size]

The first product from SBA after 2 years of research and outsourcing for the very first product on launch. The mindset of this car is for middle class Metropolitan who seeks style yet affordable compared to imports from very famous European brands.
After relieved from recent Fuel crisis in 50’s, seeking for economy was less then before. But the rising of middle classes and blue workers in Bangkok were looking for independent transportation apart from using public transport.

Market research revealed that people seeks more comfort and good ground clearances from lack of asphalt paved road, the road was rougher than engineer’s expectation.
However, individuals were looking for style than comfort as main customers are Metropolitan who looking for some road adventures on weekends.
Utility was based on average usage, 4 passengers with medium size luggage with adequate head room and leg room. Although it would be slightly cramp for Westerners whose body much bigger than Asian average.

Engineering wise was based on affordable yet reliable enough resources. Ladder structure with McPherson Struts and Solid axle with leaf spring on the rear to accommodate with harsh road surface but still tame to drive. Engine tuned with economy and reliability in mind.
Creature comforts were on basic needs; Vinyl seats with optional as cloth seat cover, AM/FM Radio set, Standard safety features. Planned having A/C units in future.

The adventure is waiting, jump in Kesa from SBA Inc.!

MSRP $5400


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#2

2nd and 3rd Design (well not actually, since I have one for the challenge “Archa” but I’ll post later)

Kesa “2nd Series”

After long period of struggle from major factories and lack of productivity; SBA decided to launch another series of “Kesa”.
As the market grows for more passenger side, SBA decided to produce both 4 doors and classy 2 doors.

SBA Kesa “4 doors”

SBA Kesa “2 doors”


#3

Skip to current on competition; Strom Feather the 2 Liters of Efficiency


#4

Sawasdee,

It’s been quite a long time in hiatus that no updates from SBA.
Now with a much better and powerful PC, we’re back!

1966, Bangkok, Thailand a new daring approach from South Bangkok Autoworks after received request from Royal Thai Forestry seeking a “Patrol Vehicle” for both law enforcing in National Parks and Military purpose in 1963 with a research from Imports.

It’s been a year after official release to Government release and has been revised for Civillian, SBA Jungler has born to storm the jungles of the world.

Design for tough terrain, high ground clearance, off road capable with quite decent fuel consumption. The previous feedback from Royal Thai Forestry showed us that “Jungler” is extremely capable in muddy terrain even it can be use a a rice plowing machine (which we do not recommend)

The performance comes from small 1.4 Litres same as government version for simplicity but the civillian version has been optimized for better fuel consumption, especially in remote areas.

There are speculation that SBA will send this “Jungler” to '66 Great Archanian Trek? Who knows…



#5

Another update line up! (very much influence from Citroen Cx)

1974, Bangkok
In Bangkok Motor Show held in Suan Ambhorn Palace, SBA revealed the new car model with stunning design and new technology from famous French company, aimed for rising premium and luxury market of Southeast Asia with pure comfort and technology.

Introducing the new SBA Cd 2.2 and Cd-35x Prestige

SBA Cd 2.2


SBA Cd series designed by Thai artist with philosophy “Beauty and Simplicity” who had previously work with famous Italian coachbuilder and engineered with brilliant minds both from French and Thai engineer.
The Cd was from “Breeze” study concept car which aimed for archiving low aerodynamic coefficient with possibility of using production parts.

After SBA had invested in Hydropneumatic Suspension and acquired the license from French manufacturer in beginning of 70s (with help from Thai government technological assist program), SBA received technical supports from researcher and engineer from French counterparts which result being use for the first time in Cd series.

With newly developed heart, all aluminum 2.2 inline SOHC developed for smoothness and drivability mated with 3 speed Automatic gearbox for effortless cruising.
The interior is full of leather seats, premium 8 track FM/AM for maximum comfort.

Apart from revealing Cd series, SBA provied test drive and demonstration in front of guests, many were mesmerized of the smoothness from hydropneumatic suspension.
“I can’t believed that this is the car on such a harsh road surface. Compared to usual car from its period, it seems like I’m on a flying carpet!” - Famous car journalist in Thailand
“Despite the rough road condition, this car is so smooth that I can put on my makeup while I’m sitting in this car” - Senior editor from lifestyle magazine
“It’s quite unusual to see a car with such a technology, and it’s not import too!” Editoral in charge for car magazine

Despite of the high asking price which aimed for premium and luxury markets both in Thailand and overseas, SBA had future study plan for Cd series in family class as well.

SBA Cd-35x Prestige
Another top of the line and declared as the flagship of SBA, aimed for exclusive customers and elites.

SBA had announced of flagship model, the Cd-35x Prestige with 3.5 SOHC V8 for pure smoothness.
Apart from same structure and technology, Cd-35x Prestige packed with premium leather seats with custom handmade luxury seat and wooden trims and also special package of long wheel base version for royal family as well.

  • Long wheel base is exclusive option, available at SBA special vehicle deparment only, non state official or non royal customer must agreed for background check and must comply to special request conditions appeared in request form *

#6

No question, the SBA Cd looks a bit odd, to say the least - its headlights are far too modern and would be more appropriate on a car from the 90s or even the early 00s - but you have done a surprisingly good job updating this thread for UE4 after a few years on hiatus.


Road Rally - 1952 Corso di Fruinia [DRIVING - STAGE 3 RESULTS]
#7

Another Historical lore to be added,

In 1950 a team of Aeronautical from Royal Thai Airforce with Japanese expats (rumoured to be aeronautical engineers) formed together creating a prototype sport car with in limited resources to compete the famous Corso di Fruinia.

A fruit of 2 years labor has shine, Bangkok Aeronautical Factory (as forerunner of South Bangkok Autoworks before merging with Siam Steel Company) has born with the car named “Romulus” as the name sake for Prince Bira (HHP Birabong Bhanudej Bhanubhandh) 's famouse racing car that won the Grandprix.

Its heart beat comes from small yet powerful inline 4 SOHC 8v 1395 cc. “Starlet” with double barrel caburettors, produces 85 hp @ 5400 rpm. / 118 Nm @ 4600 rpm.

Wrapped in its aluminum skin for best power to weight ratio with steel monocoque chassis.
Suspension and dynamic are MacPherson Struts front and 4 links axle at rear, with almost 50/50 weight distribution aimed for sharp handling which may suitable with trecherous curves in Fruinia.

“As I was driving this car, its sharp hadling might spook the driver how nimble it is, but you have to be careful not to make any sudden steering or else you will spun quite easily” HHP Bira made a statement after his testdrive at Suan Ambhorn Palace, Bangkok.

(As I do not have BeamNG Drive at time of submission, I’ll release in BeamNG version after I have the game which will be the same as submission)


#8

Look at some Peugeots and Citroens from the 70s, and the headlights aren’t too far off actually…


#9

’68 SBA Jungler, "Bull"

After two years of release for official fleet market and civilian SUV release, due to high demand and financial support for rural resident customers, SBA announces the pickup version of the Jungler in new trim “Bull”.

With newly reinforced truck bed and reinforced frame for towing use, you may use “Bull” to do some rice plowing as well.


Reaching in '70s

1971 SBA Gracelet 1.4 Sedan and 1.4 Swift

South Bangkok Autoworks strifes for new emerging markets as new working class are more dominant in buying demand.
As after effect from 1953 Suez Crisis, most European motor companies emphazised on small and economical cars in which became new uncharted territory.

While SBA having success in “Kesa” series, most of the feedbacks are calling more affordable car for younger generations just only means of transportation not for social status like used to be.
Our market reseachers and our engineers made a new breakthrough, the new SBA Gracelet!

All new Gracelet 1.4 Swift is aimed for affordable yet fun city commuter.
Power comes from the reliable yet torquey 1.4 litres inline 4 SOHC straight from SBA Jungler for ease of maintenance. You can find any engine parts from any SBA Jungler in case of repair or vice versa!

However, in 1.4 Swift is tuned for more perfomance matching 5 speed gearbox and sport suspension, many auto jounalists parised for nimbleness like the famous “Romulus” from Bangkok Aeronautical Factory (which became South Bangkok Autoworks)

Driving Gracelet is supported by vinyl seats, affordable yet rugged for everyday use, with FM/AM radio as standard for daily or long commute.

The Gracelet is not only for young generations, we provide another body style for grownups as well.
Entering SBA Gracelet 1.4 Sedan

Our 1.4 Sedan provides much more comfort for driver and passengers, with more room for luggages in the trunk.
Power comes from the same 1.4 unit, as the same unit using in our SBA Jungler.
For the first time, SBA provides the new 3 speed automatic gearbox named “Silkmatic” aimed for comfort and smoothness in between city commuting and highway commuting.

Our initial test drive shown many sastifactions from auto journalists.

“This Gracelet 1.4 Sedan is very practical car, I can’t wait going to the bank and write down the cheque buying this immediately.” - Siamese Auto Magazine’s Editoral in chief.
“Actually I’m very afraid driving a car with manual transmission, especially during hill stop acceleration. But with new 1.4 Sedan, I have no worries driving the car anymore.” - Former '67 Miss Thailand as honoured guest during test drive.

Are you looking for the new car that makes you alive? Come and test drive our new Gracelets at SBA Motor Plazas or authorized dealers.


#10

SBA in 1970s

(new line up in below)

Many new trends are rising, with more purchasing power from middle class workers as Thailand prospered in late 60s.
After initial launch of “Gracelet”, despite of good critics, the sales weren’t sastified to expectations due to high price compared to competitive markets which lead to concerns of too long turnover profits to shareholders.

However, the gambling of “Gracelet” had paid off, as 1973’s global oil crisis from major clashes between oil producing countries affected to all around the world which lead the demand for more fuel efficient vehicles.
Also the majority of Thailand’s traffic were shockful of gas guzzler imports due to connection with foreign affairs (as many large cars were imported by foreign official and became as trend setters). During 1973 fuel crisis, fuel were rationed, many new customers have decided to turn over from imports to SBA’s Gracelet.

Also in 1974, Thailand’s department of transportation had legislated “engine capacity control act” which raised the vehicle taxes for high capacity significantly, especially any engine above 3.5 litres.

After initial success of Cdx, with better fuel consumption from local compepitive markets, SBA’s CEO has set 10 years plan for “efficient engine and dynamics”, aimed for 10 kilometers per liter for small commuters and 8 kilometers per liter for any middle size vehicles to all upcoming SBA line ups.


1976 All new SBA Kesa Mk.II series

After set backs from fuel shortages and new research, SBA decided to release once highly popular Kesa series with new brand identity, graceful yet efficient. All influences from Cdx and “Breeze” concept car.

Kesa Mk.II 2.0 Coupe

With developed engine of 2.0 liters from Cdx’s original engine aimed for non leaded friendly yet still powerful for both casual and serious performance.

Despite of fuel efficient engine design and unable to use “premium 95 (leaded)”, Kesa 2.0 Coupe can rush from 0-100 in 12.4 seconds.
Mk.II Kesa is highly nimble with 57/43 weight distribution and servo assisted brakes, gives driver’s confidence to control and evade to any emergency situations.

Interior is packed with vinyl leather seats as standard for 4 seats, equipped with FM/AM stereo radio and power steering assist for effortless driving.

Kesa Mk.II 2.0 Convertible

For the first time, SBA has release specialty car to the market, draped in special color “Bangkok Aeronautial Factory” 's famous “Romulus Blue”.

Power comes from 2.0 litre engine aimed for cruising in the open roads with the top down.
Interior is packed with premium leather seats, FM/AM stereo radio, alloy rims and power steering assist for maximum comfort and prestige.

SBA does not recommend driving in rain while having fabric roof in “down” position, roof hinge unlocked while having fabric roof in “up” position, please consult to owner’s manual for proper care and safety

Kesa Mk.II 2.0 Coupe Ti "Twincam"

An apex of Kesa, with new “Typhoon” 2.0 twincam packed with 137 horsepowers for high response and performance needed for spirited driver.

Our new “Typhoon” is 2.0 liters twincam engine with performance side draft carburettors, packed with 137 horsepowers can push Kesa 2.0 Coupe Ti from 0-100 in shocking 9.31 seconds with top speed over 180 km/h!

Power within control: Kesa 2.0 Coupe Ti comes with disc brakes all round for better stopping power matching much powerful engine for precise controls.

Kesa 2.0 Coupe Ti comes with special alloy rims with optional color “Romulus Blue” as dealer’s special option.


#11

1977 SBA Jungler Bull and Bull Truck Minorchanges (Mk.1.5) / Jungler 2.0 (with “Desert Camel” color)

For 10 years since the initial launch of SBA Jungler, our beloved offroader and workhorse of Thai citizens, SBA decided to update the styling for more contemporary looks.

With its new face designed for more contemporary look yet functional, headlights and turn signal are integrated in to a set for easier maintenance, espicially for serious offroading. New taillights are integrated together for ease of maintenance.

Jungler has not been updated only in body styling, but also powerplant, with devloped 1.4 engine using non leaded gasoline, less toxic to our environment without any compromise to its offroad capability.

As Jungler is progressing through 70s, all safety feature were updated, servo assisted brakes were standard, strengthend chassis, new rear bumber bar, 3 points safety belts all seats, Transfercase lockout system for Low range ensuring for safety during normal drive.
(Low range gearing “4L” must be engaged only when in stationary, lockout system will engage for unable to swtich from “4H” to “4L” when travelling more than 15 Km/H with completely locked and not having any damages to gearing during accidental shift)

However, due to great demands of “recreational purpose” and aimed for more oversea exports, SBA decided another additional to our beloved Jungler.

SBA Jungler Bull and Bull Truck 2.0!

SBA Jungler Bull 2.0 (steel roof body)

SBA Jungler Bull Truck 2.0 (pickup body)

Our latest additional to belove Jungler now comes with 2.0 litres powerplant, directly from Cdx and Kesa mated with special developed transfercase for handling more torque and better offroading capacity.
Jungler 2.0 comes with special optional color “Desert Camel” resembles the famous “Great Archanian Raid” rally.

Come and test drive our Jungler at SBA dealers and special drivng events for another adventures!


#12

1977 SBA Gracelet Mk.II, 1.4 Saloon and 1.4 Silkmatic.

1977 Bangkok International Car Meeting, Suan Ambhorn Palace, Bangkok.

Many journalists gathered around the grandstand of the show, waiting for new SBA announcement of the new car aimed for commuter and budget family markets.

After the great jazz and blues performance from Mahidol University’s brass band has ended, the lights went out, left only the spotlight shining on the center of the stand.
SBA’s CEO, Chief of Engineering and Executive of Design appeared with a mysterious car covered in fabric waiting for revealing to public eyes.

“We’re here to announce our new latest innovation of the road, with our vision, elegance and efficiency, we would like to introduce our new ‘Gracelet Mk.II’ for the road!”

“Interms of design, we have studied the needs for function and looks, then we studied the global design trends which resulted the sharp yet elegant lines like Italian designs” Executive of Design’s description of his design language who worked with SBA since “Breeze design concept car” and the famouse “Cdx” which received many design awards.

Our new Gracelet Mk.II comes with updated 1.4 engine, tuned for better fuel consumption can reach to 11 Kilometres per litre only with the new 91 RON non-leaded gasoline.
The biggest changes from previous Gracelet is the new driving layout, now we have decided using Tranverse Front Wheel Drive as her driving force for efficiency both engine and passenger’s volume with great traction.

“We have studied hard on front wheel drive from our Cdx, especially for using with small body without compromising too much on comfort, changing from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive is quite dramatic as now you don’t need to worry about oversteer while pushing out of emergency situation now you can do just tab the brake for weight shifting to the front axle then you steer it away from the emergency. And also with better traction on slippery surfaces especially during in the rain.” SBA’s Chief of Engineering for the engineering aspects.

“Our market research shows that people need something more on ride comfort, passenger volume but must not have too much body overhang. Despite the favour of 3 box design with rear trunk, we have decided to choose hatchback body style, the rear hatch is ease to accessing to the storage compartment. Why would you need to lift such a heavy hard case travel bag over the rear end of the car while you can lift slightly without need rotating you bag in the trunk?”

“The Drivability is better than ever, we have develop 4 speeds automatic version of ‘Silkmatic’ gearbox, now comes with ‘overdrive’ function for better fuel consumption, this is for 1.4 ‘Silkmatic’ as standard”

The new Gracelet Mk.II is cheaper than ever, thanks to our new steel body technology without compromising to rust protection which resulted to potential customer’s satifaction for pricing, now we have partership with Siam Commercial Bank for leasing options to customer, SCB will provide 60 months leasing for customers.


#13

1979 SBA Romulus 3.5 Apex

To compete in group 4 and group 5 class sports car championships, SBA decided to develop special project named “code Blue R” in 1977 with SBA own resources and experiences.

With the racing herritage, SBA decided to revive the name “Romulus” from the legendary “Romulus” which participated in 1952 Corso Di Fruinia.

The new Romulus follows the previous footstep, wrapped in aircraft grade aluminum, good weight distribution 42/58 front and rear, and for the first time of SBA, this Romulus uses Midship configuration with longitudinal layout mated with specialized transaxle gearbox for optimum weight balance and engine accessibility.

Despite the sporty engineering meant to be race on the track, SBA is still maintain the design philosophy, “graceful yet efficient” for pleasing your eyes. The design language is focused on sharp line and wide body with extreme rake on A pillar which looks fast even it is standing still.

Not just only the stunning looks but also spectacular performance, the new Romulus comes with special 3.5 V8 which can scream to 6200 RPM while making 240 Horsepowers / 296 Nm of Torque by only using RON91 fuel, distributed by mechanic fuel injection.
With all power not only comes from the engine itself, Romulus has another trick in its sleeve, with its very efficient aero design it can slice through the air very efficiently.

While having such power, you can control this Romulus with confidence from Ventilated Discs allround, our harsh brake and handling test showed no sign of lockup but still maintain good braking power without any brake fading.

Now the Romulus can rush itself from 0-60 in stunning 6.66 seconds, marked the highest top speed at 235 km/h while still carrying the sport seats and premium FM/AM Stereo as standard.

Now you can own the apex of the performance to challenge and push yourself beyond the limits at SBA’s dealerships.

  • SBA does not endorse highspeed driving on public roads, please driving responsibly and attention to road safety.
  • Romulus is limited production, and will use “First come first serve” only, please place your order and return order confirmation back to your nearest dealership.

#14

Another lore: 1970s era.

In 1977, a movie called “Misty and the Outlaw” (Romanized Thai name: Sao Ngam Lae Suea Nhum) made a huge hits in Thailand’s movie chart.
Despite unofficial support from SBA, “The Outlaw Kesa Ti” had become an icon from the movie and the demand for 2.0 Ti “Twincam” has soared.
After many requests since the debut of the movie, SBA decided to collaborate with the film producer for very special production run.

SBA Kesa 2.0 Ti “The Outlaw” Edition

This special package is for 2.0 Ti only, and comes with Diamond Black / Gold Dust special color, high visibility fog lamps (by Hellaflash), front skirt by Bangfai Motorsports, Premium leather seats with “The Outlaw Edition” engraved on back rest, new Konas shock absorber and special “Thunder” mesh rim by KKS painted in Gold Dust and chrome lips.

“Misty and The Outlaw” is an action movie starred by Sorabhong Chatri as “The Outlaw”, a young outlaw who works almost anything in illicit for money contacted by mysterious person “The Hat Guy” requesting to retrive the care package but it turned out to be the young lady with secrets, starred by Phetchara Chaowaraj as she has been unwillingly taken away for marriage arrangement between famous farm tycoon family and powerful politician. “The Outlaw” has to drive the lady to the destination located by “The Hat Guy” but being interfere by mobsters who tried to stop at all cost.

Fun fact, I’ve made a parody of “Smokie and The Bandit” (after I’ve received that “The Bandit” has passed away)


#15

(This part is lore and it can be quite boring, you can skip to next reply)

Official Information for shareholders, published on 9th December 1979

SBA is reaching in 1980

After slumped sale on early 1970 due to global oil crisis and major clashes on the middle east and ongoing dispute on the indochina peninsular, somehow SBA still has the major luck on her side, as global oil crisis drove interest from gas guzzlers to SBA gracelet, despite critics due to high price compared to competitors, but our gracelet had showed the reliability beyond competitors.

SBA Gracelet’s sale has gone up in 1974 dramatically after 3 years of slupmed sales and maintained strong sales, including more sales in fleet markets by major corporations for rental cars and police partrol cars.

Within the same year, 1974, SBA had launched Cdx. series showing the innovative of hydropneumatic suspension despite late market approach due to global situations. However, with newly Engine Capacity Control Act 1974, SBA’s Cdx has availed from not over capacity especially Cd 3.5 Prestige which meant to be sold as luxury class only.

As the initial launch of Cdx series, many buying prospects gave interest to the innovaton and styling yet fuel efficient for premium segments which resulted increased sales growth despite a bit late from expectations, thanks to risky apporach and “Car of The Year” awarded by Formulae Magazine.

In 1976 the aftermath of global oil crisis, rising of “Disco” popculture, people looking for more fun like in 1960s again, and SBA had the right answer to working class people by releasing Kesa Mk.II series, but now only in 2 doors styling both liftback coupe and convertible as competing in specialty car segments.

Thanks so sharing resources within the line up, Kesa Mk.II 2.0 Coupe and convertible are using the same engine with Cd 2.0 with only upgraded for 91 non-leaded fuel as visioned for cleaner future and better financial situation in longterm.
But the fun did not stop, as participating in sports car event and rallying, SBA decided developing DOHC engine out of Cd 2.0’s original 2.0 litre engine to become “Typhoon” engine series for Kesa Mk.II 2.0 Coupe Ti nicknamed as “Twincam Kesa” which proven successful in national and internatiol motorsport events.

Also major updating to beloved workhorse “Jungler” and “Jungler Bull” within the same year. Jungler received the new cosmetic upgrade along with integrated tail lamps, rear bumper bar, updated safety features such as 3 point safety belt, transfer case lockup, servo assisted brakes and etc. for compliance to new safety regulation and for the first time, Jungler received 2 liter engine sharing with Cd 2.0 and Kesa Mk.II with new metal roof body.

In 1977 there were majorchanges to the company, as newly expanded facility in Samutprakarn province, increasing number of authorized showrooms, new design study concept cars, new safety technology procuments and also the new line up of the Gracelet, the Gracelet Mk.II 1.4 Saloon and 1.4 Silkmatic.
The major changes from previous Gracelet is the drivetrain and styling, using Transverse Front Wheel Drive and Hatchback body style were taking huge risk to the market as too advance for people’s understanding, but SBA’s core policy is taking risk for creating future, resulted to market changes. Many critics were unexpected from the ride quality, practicality and drivability compared to previous Gracelet, resulted soaring sales with great help with our partner Siam Commercial Bank assisted in financing for customers.
Also we have launched special division for innovative technology nicknamed “Mouse work” for racing development and specilized vehicle operation, and their first work of labor and love was 1977 Kesa Mk.II 2.0 Coupe Ti “Misty and the Outlaw” edition.

In 1979, we have seen the political turmoil resulted to political unrest and student protest for outsing Prime Minister. SBA did not express to any political agenda nor political movements, but somehow many protester used many SBA product for transportation and for expression tool of “freedom and equality for all” which boosted sale a bit.
Also our special division “Mouse work” has release the product from hard long 3 years in project code “Blue R” resulted to SBA’s first ever sports car with midship configuration named “Romulus” for competing FIA group 4 and 5 racing category.

Our company focus and forecast in 1980s will be bright with digital age, as Samutsarn Cheampithak, CEO of SBA Inc., Ltd. had mentioned to board meeting for registering as public limited company in Thailand Stock Exchange Market (SET) within 5 years for more expansion, especially exports markets and also all SBA’s engine shall be civilised, changing to Fuel Injection or Electronic Fuel Injection within 6 years.


#16

All new SBA lineup of 1980s

All new Cdx. Mk.II Series, Cd 2.0 and Cd 3.5 Prestige

1980 Bangkok International Motorshow, Suan Ambhorn Palace, Bangkok.
As lights went out, only left for the spotlight shining on the white glossy stage, Samutsarn Cheampithak, CEO of SBA Inc., Ltd., stood up making the announcement of the newest lineup of 1980 “The reaching to digital age” before the vehicles were driven up to the stage.

Introducing all new Cdx. Mk.II series, Cd 2.0 and Cd 3.5 Prestige.

Cd 2.0 in “Forest Green”

Cd 3.5 Prestige in “Exclusive Black”

With our new 2nd generation of Cdx. now comes with fuel injected engine both 2 and 3.5 liters for better fuel efficiency.

Cd 2.0’s power plant is updated from same inline 4 which has proven for reliability, now producing 100 horse power @ 5400 rpm with 158 Nm of torque @ 2900 rpm. Transmitting power via updated “Silkmatic” 4 speed automatic transmission, Disc brakes all round as standard, the major leap from previous Cdx.

The interior comes with premium leather for 5 seats, premium 8 track sound system from “Thanin”, new “Trival” variable hydraulic assist steering. All those comfort are protected with safety features including, reinforced bodycage, crumple zones both front and rear, improved hydraulic pressure system for brake distribution and power steering, improved hydropneumatic suspension with double wishbone suspension both front and rear.

All Cd 2.0 are focused on rising premium family segment for young successful family man and woman needed for styling, technology and comfort.

But, there are those who does not with drive only for the means archiving the destinations, but purpose of being driven it self is what Cd 3.5 Prestige was crafted for.

Its creation is to fullfill the desire of premium and luxury car following the footstep of the previous generation, the Cd 3.5 Prestige offers portolio of luxury wishlisted by other manufacturer, with pride of being solely selected as official state vehicle and official royal vechicle.

To providing Cd 3.5 Prestige with effortless in high speed and smoothness low speed drivability, the V8 power unit were specially developed fuel injection by Birch K Jetspray system. The 168 horsepower provides very usable torque gradually up to 275 Nm in low power band.

To providing driver and passenger in comfortable environment which to conduct the business of driving, the carefully design handmade leather seat put with soft material insert, a thick single spoke leather clad steering wheel. A newly design climate control now can be overide by simple switch, located on rear arm rest. And standard luxury 8 track sound system by “Alpen” specialy design for the acoustic sound, provide crisp and rich clean sound.

As befit to luxury caliber, all Cd 3.5 Prestige are crafted by hand selected workers from the factory for special vehicle division. To ensure the quality of the product and the craftmanship, the plant produces in maximum of 30 cars per day.

Without question, Cd 3.5 Prestige is a milestone flagship car the one pushing the envelope to one expected level, it is one the other to be measured.

Test drive out new Cdx. Mk.II both Cd 2.0 and Cd 3.5 Prestige at SBA’s showroom and Authorized dealership.


#17

1980 SBA Gracelet Mk.II Swift 1.4 Ti

During the introduction prior to Cdx. Mk.II introduction, SBA’s CEO, has made the introduction to the latest model for SBA Gracelet Mk.II Swift 1.4 Ti.

As we South Bangkok Autoworks is reaching to 20th year anniversary since the merging between Bangkok Aeronautical Factory and Siam Steel Works, I would like to introduce the latest update to our Gracelet Mk.II Swift 1.4 Ti, Cdx. Cd 2.0, and Cd 3.5 Prestige.

As you are wondering to the latest Cdx series, we shall take a deep look to Gracelet Swift 1.4 Ti first.

Our Gracelet Swift 1.4 Ti came from special vehicle division’s research, after we have already seen the famous hothatch in European market. As our motto “Risk is our challenge to the future”, we would not let away this oppotunity for spicing things up, as we have already the experience from Kesa 2.0 Coupe Ti “Misty and the Outlaw” and the sports car “Romulus” which is the product from the special vehicle division.

Apart from being as commuter, aimed for fuel efficiency and comfort as solely means for transportation, now using the latest reliable technology of mechanical fuel injection developed by Birch Technology, same as using in aircrafts for rapid and reliable response in all times you needed for performance.

This little Swift screams at 78 horsepowers @ 6200 rpm producing 100 Nm @ 4700, thanks to fuel injection and high lift angle camchafts.
Not just adding more power to this little swift, all power are transmitted in close ratio gearbox coupled with sports compound tyres from “Tyrelli” for better traction than ever, and disc brakes all round as standard, as stopping from 100-0 quickly in 37 meters.
For highspeed stability, we decided to add front lip and rear spoiler for aerodynamic stability, proven on the race track, as our test driver revealed the surprising stable highspeed stability.
Now power and grip mated with improved agility from sport suspension, stiffened shock absorber, stiffer spring rates, you can throw this little Swift into the corner sharply without any hesitation up until 100 km/h

Now, the Gracelet Swift 1.4 Ti comes with two-tone color package, Sunburst Red with Flat Grey accent, with special 4 spokes alloy rims. The interior now comes with 4 bolstered premium cloth seats for comfort and confidence of your driving business without sacrificing much practicality.

Now you can test drive the Gracelet Swift 1.4 Ti at SBA’s showroom and available soon in authorized dealers.


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#18

'85 SBA Gracelet Integral 4 - S (Group B Homologation, project G54-I-B)

Due to stiff competition of group B rallying, and less than spectacular results from old Kesa Mk.II’s chassis.
Finally in late 1983, SBA’s special vehicle division was permitted with only single objective "to beat the mighty Audi’s “Quattro” system and FAAL’s Teltra Tour de Corse, after closely won the '83-84 world chamption’s title, while SBA mighty Kesa scored only 2 points away from '83 world title’s champion.

Our factory team engineer, established headquarter in Germany, gave the request of using small and compact body, with short wheel base and short overhang for maximum agility in special rally stage, and using 1.7 liter turbocharged unit.

As resulted from gruelling test, SBA decided using Gracelet’s body platform for special homologation with newly develop AWD system called “Integral” (internal reference: Integral X) based from old reliable 4WD system mainly used in SBA’s Jungler.

Styling wise, was penned by “Kanlayakorn Phusakul” who designed Mk.II Cdx. and Gracelet Mk.II, graduated from Silpakorn University in 60s then worked in many Italian designs marques for years prior to her position as Executive of Design at SBA in mid 70s.

While using Mk.II Gracelet body style, which mainly steel construction, SBA decided for bold approach, using space frame chassis with light weight fiberglass with highly advance carbon kevlar composite body materials, resulting to extremely light weight chassis.

Power plant now uses all aluminum XU17 unit, with 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injection by Birch X-Trionizer multipoint and Turbo charger from KKK, resulted as 270 horsepowers and 315 Nm of torque with only use of 91 RON unleaded fuel for street specs.

Integral AWD system is geared limited slip differential for equal power delivery to all four wheels, resulting for maximize traction in all situations, Gravel, Snow, Ice, Wet tarmac and Tarmac without compromising its handling for high speed cornering, very famous from old trusty Kesa Mk.II

With all research from harsh rallying stages and the development, resulting this Gracelet Integral 4 - S (in street trim) for extremely rapid acceleration like no other with just only seconds ahead of its competitors.

Official specification:

0-100 (km/h) 80-120 (km/h) Quarter mile Max speed
4.5 s 2.85 s 12.9 s 230 km/h

Interior wise is equipped with premium cloth and alcantara upholsters, premium cloth seats with side bolstered supports and FM/AM stereo for casual driving.

Now SBA has been given approval from FIA (FISA) for its homologation, any customer request for competition trim can send the request form at SBA’s special vehicle division in Thailand or SBA’s competition headquarter in Germany.


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'85 SBA Gracelet Integral 4 - R (competition trim, G54-I-BR)

After initial launch of Gracelet Integral 4 - S, as have been approved from FIA (FISA) for the homologation in Group B rallying, this is the real weapon for the competition. The replacement of Kesa 2.0 Ti Turbo RS.

Gracelet Integral 4 - R (Tarmac Spec)

Gracelet Integral 4 - R (Safari Rally Spec)

Powering this monster is from specialized XU17 engine, rumored for pushing 500 horsepowers.
All SBA’s factory team car will be ready in '85 Montecarlo Rally, with our new young Finnish rising star “Mikka Kolianen” and famous female rally driver “Azure Giovanni”.


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'80 SBA Kesa Mk.II 2.0 Coupe Ti (Facelift)

After introducing all new Mk.II Cdx, SBA decided to refresh the popular Kesa up to the modern standard.
The press release was launched on September at Royal Race Track at Nangloeng (Sanammah Nangloeng)

The refreshed styling was another design from Kanlayakorn Phusakul, a revised orginal design from “Seksan Kwanmuang” with more modern looks.

The refresh isn’t just only the aesthetic, but also the performance as well. As the result of being popular choice for both circuit and rally within group 4 competition class, thanks to its rugged reliability and the reknowned sharp handling in high speed cornering.
The engine were upgraded with Mechanical Fuel Injection from Birch Technology for better performance with better fuel consumption without compromising of using 91 RON unleaded fuel.
Now with all upgrades is resulting for 145 horsepowers with 181 Nm of torque.

Not just only the engine itself, but also comes with special aero package like in the race car and the famous “Romulus”, the pure bred race car meant to be for race track.
Now, this Kesa 2.0 Coupe Ti can snap from 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds and 80-120 km/h in 5.76 seconds, with maximum topspeed over 190 km/h!