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The Very Important Challenge (OPEN BETA) (winner announced)


#8

This sounds good. I still have to think about what to do for this as I lost all my stuff, but still, I have a couple of questions and doubts:

  1. If year doesn’t matter, how are you going to judge the stats? As in, what is considered low/normal/good for certain stats changes a lot depending on year. And what if it’s old enough that it runs on leaded fuel, and thus can’t have a catalytic converter?

  2. “Your entry must actually fit into the VIP style. The better it fits–this means lore, details, etc”. But what if it isn’t a lore car?

  3. Oh and another thing. I’m not familiar with exactly what is a “VIP style modification”. By VIP car I understand luxury… so it’s basically… sort of a premium riced car?


#9

VIP Modifications come in many shapes and forms, from the more modern extremes to the subtle 90/00’s era where black/white sedans lowered with chrome rims fit as VIP over anything else: Wiki has a pretty alright overviewing of the latter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VIP_style


#10
  1. I’ll assume model year was the year the car was produced, and trim year was the year it was modified. Try to match your model year to the car, and your trim year to the style of your modifications. Stats will be judged with the context of the time period. I doubt the VIP style was very popular back when cats weren’t required, so I’d switch to a more modern motor. If you want the best stats, you’d want to crank that trim year to 2020, but don’t then go ahead and make it look like it came out of a 90s magazine. Period-correctness is everything.

  2. If it isn’t a lore car, you can go ahead and write about it for extra points. That simple. An Aristo knockoff with big wheels and no other redeeming factors would be boring, right? Maybe give it an interesting backstory or go over how it was built, who drove it, and how. Wouldn’t hurt to add a bit of Yakuza drama either…

  3. The wiki link Kogure posted should be enough. An image search for “bippu” might also be a bit more effective than one for “VIP style car.”


#11

Thanks both of you. I’ll see if I can get something


#12

1999 Kuma BC VIP


A Kuma BC modified in the Bippu style, this one was modified off of a 1995 model. This one in particular was more of a daily driver than a showcar, having rather modest amounts of camber for this style and preserving a lot of its comfort despite its nearly ground scraping ride height.

Plenty of cash has been dropped on the BC, particularly in the interior and the new air suspension. Both of which to keep the aforementioned preserved comfort of the car despite its low stance.

On its exterior, a subtle wide body kit has been added, with low lips to make the car look even lower. The rims however, are not so subtle, being chromed 19” 5-spoke alloys. This combined with the angry eyes and chrome trim added some aggression to the rather soft look of the base model. Engine modifications are rather tame, primarily a more aggressive tune and larger exhaust to offset the weight gains.

Its owner prefers to remain anonymous. Which with the blacked out windows and the clear intent to make the rather tame bear angry, one could probably assume a more underground occupation from the owner.

Original car



#13

2020 Ursula F7 800T VIP

Base

North American International Auto Show 2019


#14

Third Eye Studio presents:
A very expensive refrigerator, also known as the 2007 Kasai Gran Tenno

Built to the highest acceptable standards for the top 1% of its time, the Gran Tenno was the largest, thirstiest, most obnoxious SoccerMomMobile Kasai has ever produced. But, being introduced just before the Economic Crisis of 2008 hit, coupled with the rapidly fading popularity of gas guzzling SUVs, these ultra-luxurious lounge chairs with wheels didn’t sell as well as expected and their presence in the market fell faster than a ball of dark matter falling from the Planet Express ship.

We bought this used, 250.000-mile first year Gran Tenno for around $15.000, and immediately I thought, “Hey, you know what kind of style works best? VIP style. You know, like those Japanese sedans that are so low to the ground, with huge wheels and black-and-white color scheme. Only this time, it’s applied onto an SUV.” So, Jared suggested that how we’re going to approach this is by “modernizing” the exterior while keeping everything else mostly stock. I mean, it’s already packed with a lot of tech as is, don’t want to fix what’s not broken, right?

We started off by swapping the stock exhausts for a pair of lighter and more free-flowing ones (the car was a bit too quiet), the taillights and headlights for something fancier, and then installed a basic bodykit. What else is there… Oh yeah, the grille! Jared installed a new chrome grille for the fridge. Now it looks even more obnoxious than it was. To keep the subtle and subdued look of typical VIP cars, we decided to skip the vinyls.

But what’s the point of “VIP style” if it doesn’t have that “VIP look”? We also installed extra marker lights like what you’d see in limos, swapped the stock wheels for a set of massive 26" rims, put the ride height of its active suspensions down to its lowest possible setting, and for the cherry on top, we made the front camber to as high as 5 degrees while the rear camber to 3 degrees. Let me tell you, I love how the end result looks! I can already hear rap music blasting from inside the car!

Note: I don’t care if it doesn’t win, I just want to make a pimpmobile


#15


#16

I think you may have missed the point of this challenge. Just by a tad.


#17

Maybe? I might have incorrectly assumed that factory uprating of a formerly primarily utilitarian vehicle aimed at a higher market like the classic Range Rover, being turned into a high-luxury vehicle in its next iteration might count as a form of luxury modification.

If that isn’t the case, it really wouldn’t qualify unless I modernize it. But I don’t know if my interpretation of VIP style of car modifications are included and at least thought to submit it.

I didn’t post this explanation of the car until my name appeared on the list for that exact reason, so I thought it being accepted may have meant it was an okay way to go about it.


#18

Kazume 828 V6

Now with a V8.

Pre-cool


#19

I’ve changed the quality rule significantly so if you want to resubmit your entries, please do.


#20

Arion Arargte GL {Junction Produce}

In 1993 the Arion Arargte was released, and following it’s release it became synonymous with the Japanese Yakuza, especially as a Yakuza boss’ car, because of how high end luxury the Arargte GL is. This one featured here by an un-named client has tuned up bodykit and parts from Junction Produce as well as a lowering kit and a slight camber adjustment.

  • Full extended Junction Produce body kit (Front & rear bumper + side skirts and door panel extensions + boot lip spoiler)
  • Junction Produce headlight garnish
  • Removed front wings radio mountings, replaced with rear window mounted chrome dual antennas
  • GL badge removal front + rear & Arion rear boot badge removal for a cleaner look
  • Junction Produce aftermarket taillights
  • Junction Produce OZ Scara rims
  • Aftermarket tuning to the hydrodynamic suspension to give it lowering & more camber

Arion Automotive & Racing Co
#21

From an article in Hyper Club Tuners IV, Issue 25: Dropped and Spread, Take it Off! circa 2004

Summer is a name you may not have heard of in the States, but you may have heard of it’s American cousins, Michigan Motors and Freedom. You remember the Michigan A450, driven by the elderly too cheap and too hip for a Buick? Back in Japan where it’s drenched in the rising sun, drifting and anime, the Summer Marxlove is actually totally insane. Sharing the same engine and most of the same parts as the Freedom Annihilator, this beast can get wickiddd sick in the corners, and is a free radical on the dyno. Check it out!
Our boys at Sand’s, (if your cool, you probably modded out your whip with some of their cool tech) have kept this car true to it’s roots as a quiet and showy performer with 35 horsepower added just from dropping in a performance intercooler. From there they totally modded out their bottom end with all forged parts, and slammed the puppy to the ground, it now rides on 20 inch three piece five spoke wheels, and sits barely more than six inches from the ground! She’s clothed in a modified Vis Racing kit, and given Black Cherry Pearl paint to differentiate it from your grandpa’s luxury sedan. It’s uniquely one of a kind! It’s radical!

Check out the screenshots below.


Oh my god I wasn’t expecting it to look that good in that map, if you want more honest screenshots ask me and I’ll edit the post.
Oh I almost forgot, since everybody else is posting before pics, I should too!!

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#22

Geschenk Schwer GX VIP


#23

'01 DAITO CONTESSA V8

The big sedan of the luxury segment from Daito, tuned into a VIP style, with its 280hp 4.2L V8. With a very unique livery: Dark red and gold rims.





More photos






#24

'05 NMC Ironclad LX FullContact VIP Custom

Transcript of an interview from CAMBER, Season 2, Ep. 34.

– And here, at the 2009 Nagoya Auto Trend we have Amy Lee, with her bedazzling DMC Ironclad! Hello Amy, please tell us about how you got into the scene.
– Hi! I, ah, well I’ve been touching up cars since my very first one, though those were some pretty simple and garish mods, hahaha. I think I’ve come quite some ways since!
– I can see that; impressive ride you brought with you this year!
– Thank you! It’s my, hmm, sixth, no, seventh serious project car. I moved to Japan from Australia exactly twenty years ago, so I wanted something to commemorate the anniversary, and when I saw her on Gumtree we fell in love immediately. She’s of the rare LX FullContact trim, 2005 model year, which means full leather interior, all wheel drive, and the 3.6L V6 with the automatic and 175 kilowatts at the crank.
– She’s far from stock now, isn’t she?
– Oh, I didn’t have much time to work on her, so the interior is basically untouched, I only swapped the head unit for one from the later facelifted model. The engine received a new ECU and a custom exhaust system courtesy of my friend Tony and his magic welding hands. I’m considering swapping it for the six liter V8 that technically fits in there however, even though the car was never sold with that engine in this configuration. The show is all about the looks though!
– This is what they call ‘VIP style’, or ‘bippu’, correct?
– Yes! I wanted to combine the classic Aussie ute with something that’s entirely Japanese. If you take a walk around with me… You can see the new bodykit, new tail lights… custom daytime running lights… and of course the whole thing is lowered as much as possible, with a set of new rims and full camber.
– I think the bolt-on fenders might be the most divisive feature here.
– Oh, absolutely, but it’s just a look that I couldn’t resist. It’s getting a lot of attention, so I think it’s working!

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More pictures from the show

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Pictures right before shipping to Japan


#25

Trity Privateer



#26

REVIEWS (first 5 cars)

Here we go, ladies and gentlemen. I’m splitting this into multiple posts so I have some free time.

Zenshi Axia V8 VIP @Mikonp7

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Apologies; as I was sent this car before I said the challenge was for open beta, I only have Mikon’s own pictures to go on, but he’s been super cool and sent me pictures of its stats so I can review it.

Now onto the review:

Stylistic consistency and detail

The standard VIP affair. It’s black, slammed, has rims, and has some more power. There are some more details than usual, however, and the design is high quality in general as expected from creators like Zenshi and Mikon. Details like the TreadKillers badge on the back and the brake cooling vents stick out to me, and the bodykit is generally well done. I do dislike some of it, though, obviously, because I’m judgy and picky. There’s some spiking on the taillights, for one thing, and usually nudging the fixture around or using bumper bars can fix that issue in a jiffy. The front and rear bumper trim also suffer from some strange clipping and spiking, but that may be the body’s fault more than anything else. The Axia’s exhausts are garishly big as well, and I’m not really feeling those rims. They seem more at home on a crossover, and the gold-painted lip just doesn’t go with anything else. I would’ve also ragged on the rear taillight setup–if those orange lights are indicators, the red bit above and below them are reflectors, and the bit that crawls around to the rear quarterpanel is a brake light, the vehicle needs the side reflectors. I decided not to, though, as the brake light could double as an indicator while the orange bit could serve as the reflector. Overall, it’s well done, with good attention to detail, and it gets a 4/5.

Originality

Well, I’m not saying it’s bad, but it takes very few risks. It’s what you’d expect. It’s not a bad thing, I swear, it just looks nearly exactly like the example photos. However, it isn’t 100% the same, as the Axia used is slightly older than what you’d expect for VIP, and has unique rims, which earns it a 2/5. If you had made something identical to the examples, you’d have gotten a 0, so don’t feel bad about a 2.

Prestige

The Axia has a more than adequate 46.4 prestige, earning it a 5/5.

Comfort

The Axia’s comfort rating is good, at 38.4, earning it a 3/5.

OVERALL: 14/20

20XX Emican & Joyce Spectre 240 VIP @Vri404


Apologies, again; it’s missing the badge out front that should be there. It wouldn’t have affected the scoring anyway, as it’s a great looker with or without the badge.

Now onto the review:

Stylistic consistency and detail

Again, it’s got a pretty stereotypical setup. Slammed, black, inconspicuous. There are some things that seem missing, though, like exhaust pipes, most of the bodykit (that’s the body’s fault, but still), and side markers. This car might look cool (and a bit more road-legal) if those LED’s wrapped around. The rims seem a bit small for VIP, too, at 15 inches, but their style fits perfectly for the futuristic look. There’s great attention to detail too, with sublte camera mirrors, flush door handles, and LED trim. Overall, it’s a solid and creative approach, and it earns a 3.5/5.

Originality

This is where the Spectre shines, with its unique cyberpunk style. Although it’s a cleaner approach than most cyberpunk, it’s definitely creative and different. An easy 4/5.

Prestige

The Spectre has an impressive 53 prestige, earning it a 5/5.

Comfort

The Spectre has a solid 47 comfort, earning it a 5/5.

OVERALL: 17.5/20

2003 Hirasawa Condor but Useless @yangx2

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Apologies, hopefully for the last time; I’m missing some mod fixtures, specifically the hood cuts and brake cooling vents. Note to self; don’t suddenly jump an open beta requirement on people and then also forget to subscribe to several mods. Also, I would’ve taken my own pictures, but those damn headlights just refused to stamp properly. Devs pls fix.

Now onto the review:

Stylistic consistency and detail

This entry sets itself apart from the other ones with an almost resto-mod look. New LED lights to replace the old bulb ones and a modern styling package, but stays pretty close to the intended VIP style. This body is a hard one to make look Japanese, and I’d say Yang succeeded. It’s not missing anything for legality as the lights all wrap around the corners. My only gripes are those little lights under the headlights–they look a bit tacky–and the sunroof, which tears a bit. Other than that though, attention to detail is strong and the car looks believable. It gets a 4/5.

Originality

It’s not extremely unique but its generally more modern styling sets it slightly apart. I’ll give it 2.5 instead of 2 just for that paint.

Prestige

The Condor just edges out the Axia with 46.5 prestige, earning it a 5/5.

Comfort

The Condor has a good 45.5 comfort, earning it a 5/5.

OVERALL: 16.5/20

1999 Kuma BC VIP @Xepy


Stylistic consistency and detail

It isn’t incredible, sure, but it has all the required reflectors and lights, and it’s clearly in the bippu style. But, there are some things that definitely stand out. The side indicators for example are a bit too modern for '99. The taillights stick out from the body a lot, and those rims are quite questionable. The bodykit is hit-or-miss; it’s got nice skirts, but the vents themselves are pretty minimal. The bottom grille, for example, is one fixture, and doesn’t really flow with the rest of the car’s lines. The only things that really detract from it though are the split in the headlights and the rims. I like the sunroof. A good 3.5/5.

Originality

It’s… not original. At all. Sorry. Black, lowered, chrome rims and trim, turbo inline 6. Pretty much exactly what you’d make if originality wasn’t a factor. Unfortunately it’s a 1/5 as the only real touch of creativity is those headlight covers.

Prestige

The BC matches the Axia at 46.4 prestige, earning it a 5/5.

Comfort

The BC has an adequate 38.5 comfort, earning it a 3/5.

OVERALL: 12.5/20

2020 Ursula F7 800T VIP @F12OM


Apologies. I have subscribed to L5’s Double Vent (4.21) but it doesn’t want to work so I used the Civic vent to supplement it. Hopefully that’s okay. They look pretty similar.

Rule breakage/binning justification

The F5 uses quality points. A lot of them. We’re talking +15 on every engine tab, +11 on drivetrain and wheels, +12 on suspension… I’m reducing all of the sliders above the maximum back down to +10 and scoring from there.
The F5 also uses 98 octane fuel. I’ve reduced it to 95 and adjusted the compression ratio accordingly.
The kicker, however, is that even with reduced quality and octane, the F5 takes an unthinkable 1451.2 months to engineer. That’s a bin, folks.

Stylistic consistency and detail

It’s got centre-lock rims off of a supercar, but no bodykit. It looks stock, honestly, but it doesn’t look all that bad regardless. It’s a pretty fixture-minimal design, but I like its face, and those white taillights look very clean. It’s what I’d call 5-fixture wonder, but it uses more than 5 fixtures so that isn’t really fair. There are a few design details I’d change pronto, though. The mirrors look too 90s, for a start. I’d expect camera mirrors (or at least something a bit more futuristic than those blobby ones you used) for a 2020 executive sedan. The light strips on the front don’t really line up with the vents, and there’s one on each side for some reason. There’s no place for the license plate to go on the back. The parking sensors are too low. The chrome trim bit on the back looks out of place. The exhausts are too small. The taillights are aligned to the surface of the car so they point outwards instead of rearwards. There’s more but they’re all nitpicks. Overall it’s unfortunately a 1/5, as it really just is not a VIP car other than the fact it’s a black sedan with powaah.

Originality

Since it’s a modern German sedan with a nearly 600 hp V10, and not a 90s Nissan, it’s a 2.5/5. Not bad.

Prestige

The F5 gets an incredible 82.7 prestige, even with its quality points neutered. That’s a 5/5.

Comfort

The F5 also boasts an insane comfort rating of 91.2. Another easy 5/5.

OVERALL: Binned for engineering time, theoretical score of 13.5

If there’s anything I didn’t pick up on/did wrong, PLEASE tell me. Next review batch tomorrow.
Edit: Next review batch maybe not March 11th… sorry, I am bad at allocating time. Hope for the 12th. Might do more than 5 to make up for it. Sorry again.


#27

2003 BT Motors Ceyx XHS by BTR

aka: Make a BMW 850 but it's a 2000's Japanese sportscar

A one-off special by BT Motors’ in-house tuner and racing division BTR, completely overhauling every aspect of the stock Ceyx XHS. This vehicle was used as a press car to advertise the launch of the Ceyx and was eventually auctioned off for charity in 2005 for a cool $326,000 before disappearing from the public eye. It’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Ceyx XHS in stock form


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