what would have been Sonny Crockett without the Testarossa? Or the Blues Brothers without their Dodge?
So why not giving our cars some fictional TV glory?
At first I had something like Magnum in mind to let us build some 80s sports cars, but then I remember that many movie cars were acutally some boring ones.
For the first challenge set in Sheffield in 2007, there is William Felton.
He is a 32-year-old social worker and all his life is about helping the weak, disabled and lost persons. Felton comes from a upper-middle-class family, but was a punk musician in his youth. This should be enough to give you a first impression on the show.
The first season aired in 2006 had a 1998 Smith&Hughes Leviathan 1.8 Blue Line as main car. A midsize with 115 horsepower, four-speed automatic and nothing special to say about it. In the last episode of Season One, the car was wrecked when he wanted to prevent someone from committing suicide. For the first episodes of Season two he drives the old and slow Renoir Palais 19RN of his brother who was charged with drunk driving and isn’t allowed to use it, but this is only for the plot and a new car is surely in need.
Trim and Variant year 2007 or older
Minimum Drivability: 40
Max. Consumption: 10 Liter / 100 KM
Max. Service cost: $800
Max. Estimated Price: $25.000
Minimum four doors
William istn’t rich as social worker, so again a midsize would be the way to go. It should be thriftier than his old Smith&Hughes. Practicality is a point, because he cares about disabled people as well, so wagons and vans could be realistic as well. Reliability is also of high importance, as William works 24/7 and his car should as well. As William is described as average driver, drivability is important to make the car a realistic choice. Not that he can’t handle a RWD or a manual, but strong under-or oversteering would cause him to crash.
The design is not the most important for a car that is basically in use for work, but surely important as the show became quite popular in British TV, so a good-looking one would be preferred, while in real life this would not matter at all. As this is a TV show, some stunts will be done, not frequently, but sometimes, so a little sportiness would be nice, as well as some comfort as he has to do the one or other long-time drive for some episodes.
So, what do you think about the ruleset? I leave this discussion open until November 30, 17:00 GMT+1
Ah yes, and before irritation starts: I won’t take part, I just provided cars for the backstory.