The Farm Truck: The quintessential piece of any farmer's vast array of machinery. It doesn't matter what type of agriculture the farmer is in. Those farmers have had a truck to get the work done since the Model A rolled off the assembly line. That farmer has probably had many different trucks of many different kinds and maybe even many different makes throughout the years, but there's one thing for sure: The best ones have worked just as hard as the farmer.
The year is 2011 and the American Automotive Industry is starting to fully recover from the financial crisis. With that recovery comes new sales and revitalized product lines with much needed improvements. Ford Motor Company has just re-branded the F-150 with its EcoBoost lineup and it appears that the American Pickup wars have begun anew. Your company realizes that the F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the entire United States, not just the pickup market. Therefore, you want a piece of that market share. You know that most of these trucks go to the blue collar, hard working, everyday buyer. You know that you need to build something dependable, tough, and powerful enough to start working before the sun comes up while also being able to keep going once the sun sets again. Your market is broad so that your truck must perform at various altitudes and temperatures. You also know that this truck may be the family's only car, so it has to be versatile enough to log highway miles, sit in traffic, or run on dirt roads all day. The challenge is great, but the rewards for being competitive in the American Pickup Market are huge.
(I intend to make this into a multi-stage competition in order to encompass the various uses of Pickup Trucks and some of the different draws they have to their respective markets. For now please only consider the below criteria, but be considerate to the fact that you may need to be able to revise your design for a secondary stage at a later date.)
I plan to do a mini-review (a few sentences) of each truck with the top tier (number dependant on amount of entries) getting full reviews. More on this as entries come in.
]Very Heavily Weighted (Score x 1.5): Reliability, Utility, Practicality, Environmental Resistance/]
] Heavily Weighted (Score x 1.3): Offroad, Drivability, Cost of Ownership ((Total Cost + Running Cost Tab)/-750)/]
] Standard Weight (Score x 1.0): Fuel Economy, Comfort, Safety /]
] Lightly Weighted (Score x 0.7): Sportiness, Prestige /]
] Very Lightly Weighted (Score x 0.5): Track Time (Time x -1) at Tulsa Drag Strip Available at: automationgame.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=4860#p46892/:m]
] Model, Trim, Engine, and Variant Tabs all use MY 2011./]
]Market Price < or = $60K in Gasmea @ 5%./] (Remember costs affects the score, but for the purposes of this challenge farmers don't take their F-150 Limited competitors into the field.)
] Cooling must be sufficient for engine requirements. /]
] Must be a Pickup Truck Body. (Open Cargo Area.) No SUVs or Vans./]
] Must have at least the minimum amount of seats for the given body style. No .Lua modding./]
] All Mods used MUST be available through the Steam Workshop. (thecarlover is currently building a modern truck body that will be available as a mod. It should be done before the deadline. You can check the progress of it here: automationgame.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=8552&start=140#p89627)/]
] Must have a catalytic converter. /]
] Must be Road Legal. (Headlights, Tail Lights, Door Handles) /]
] Must use Regular Unleaded Fuel. /]
] Loudness < 60 /]
] Safety > 40/]
] Engine Reliability > 50/]
] No negative quality sliders. /]
] Tires must be Hard Compound Road and may not exceed +3 on the quality slider. /]
How to Submit
Please export your truck to a .Zip folder using the game's Export Function and PM the files to me.
Model: FTC (Username)
Trim: FTC (Car Name)
Engine Family: FTC (Username)
Variant: FTC (Engine Name)
Entries are closed. The deadline for submissions was 11:59:59.999 PM US Eastern Time January 8, 2016.
]Click HERE for the 1st and 2nd Place Review./]
]Click HERE for the 3rd Place Review./]
]Click HERE for the 4th Place Review./]
]Click HERE for the 5th Place Review./]
]Click HERE for blurbs. (Includes 24th-6th Places.)/]
Added Road Legal Requirement to the Rules Section.
Added @ 5% to Market requirement.
Added finalized Mod rule.
Various syntax, capitalization, spelling, and punctuation corrections.
Adjusted Cost Calculation.
Added Tulsa Time Calculation Formula and Link to Track.
Added How to Submit
Added Accepted, Pending, and Rejected Entries
Added thecarlovers pickup mention.
Added review section.
Added Timezone to the Deadline.
Added and Updated Results Section.