...meaning some descriptions, explanations and some lore stuff not belonging into the history part This post will be gradually updated as the Zavir brand and its lore develop. It's sort of FAQ, although nobody asked me them
What is Zavir about?
Zavir's focus and actual activities varied throughout history, but it was always about quality, style, innovation, performance and comfort. These 5 things define what every Zavir car is - at least that is the target. The effects are... varied, to say the least Often intentionally, as in case of the "WTF generation".
Zavir is not about stat maxing, record breaking or offering the best price. It's about creating a somewhat believable story, slightly altered by a bit of normal Automation craziness. Cars ranging from completely realistic to just an inch or two over the top.
What Zavir produces, generally speaking?
Generally speaking, nearly everything you can pour fuel in. Premium cars under the Zavir brand are just a part of it - there are also engines available for other manufacturers (a lot of them even unavailable in Zavir cars - diesels for example), utility and offroad cars under the joint-venture Zeta brand, jet engines, marine engines, motorcycles, tanks, locomotives...
Zavir Group is a huge global corporation producing all mentioned above. But what you, fellow forum user, should know if you are interested in Zavir is that cars are produced by Zavir Automobili (premium and sports cars, this thread, 100% owned by Zavir Group) and Zeta (utility and offroad, to be created after UE update, 50% owned by Zavir Automobili) and engines (which you can freely use) are produced by Zavir Motori (here, 100% owned by Zavir Group).
What all these names you use mean?
There a lot of names that I use for various body styles, trims technnologies and so on. Some of them don't change and are used in Zavir since, more or less, ever:
Volante - always meaning a coupe of some sorts, 2-3 door one. If it's added to another model name then it's considered to be a semi-separate model, usually with a different engine lineup and possibly other options and parameters.
Turismo - an estate, usual 5 door vechicle to move more of your stuff around
Spider - a cabriolet, convertible, or whatever you wish to name it
Ultima - as it suggest, an ultimate variant of a car, usually a sports one, usually with a V12
Hydraspeed - hydraulic automatic transmission, generation ranging from I to VII - the 1st has 2 speeds, 7th has 9, there was no 6 speed generation
There are also some names introduced later, or used just for some time:
Berlina - a sedan, 4 door limousine
Coupe - a tricky one, because it might mean a 2 door coupe as well as a 3 door hatchback. But unlike the Volante in terms other than the body style it is exactly the same as the base model.
Z - yes, just a letter - but it's as meaningful as BMW's "M", and means more or less the same - speeeed (or just a sporty look )
Fastback - not a fastback, but a sporty liftback 5 door coupe (just corporate logic, scroll along)
Seletronica - sequential gearbox, first generation being a 6 speed single clutch, second a 6 speed dual clutch, third a 7 speed dual clutch
2Forza - limited slip differential, just that - name used only if it's optional
4Forza - Zavir's AWD system, usually with limited slip differentials
Hydraglide - hydropneumatic suspension
Airide - air suspension in two generations - the 1st has passive dampers, the 2nd has adaptive ones
Things typical for Zavir
Zavir, despite its love for new technology, in some areas is a rather conservative brand. For example - in every single Zavir since about 1950 you'll find a grille with a horizontal bar - sometimes just decorating it, sometimes fully splitting, but it's always there. In older cars front indicators are often on the inside end of the headlights.
Typical Zavir car has a V6 engine, while typical high-end Zavir has a V12 engine - there are of course I4s and V8s available, but they are not as important and omnipresent in the lineup as V6s and V12s. V12s are available in Zavirs constantly since 1949, with two different families being usually available in the same time, and two lines of V6 families are available since the early 60s, supplanting an I6 and a V8. Typical Zavir car's engine is relatively high revving and naturally aspirated (although, of course, there are exceptions) and is gasoline powered, despite a lot of diesels being available in Zavir Motori lineup.
Also the vast majority of Zavirs are RWD, with the only FWD model being the smallest Cittadino. Zavir cars are often made of lightweight materials - good example being the latest Squalo, made of aluminium and carbon fiber despite not being a sports car, but rather a big limousine.
Zavir in the Unreal version
The brand will be normally continued with a revision of some things going on by the way - for example some lore or lineup details, engines, exact car designs and so on, but the overall character, naming, style, history will stay.
Zavir. Il vantaggio della tecnologia.