GENERAL ARM RULES
Automation RestoMod is a challenge made by @cake_ape . The aim of the challenge is to take a real-ish car, and modify it in several ways, to make it more modern and unique. This is the second running of the challenge, and will have some scoring tweaks to incentivise unconventional builds. There will still be some tradeoffs to be had from radical changes, but they will be tweaked. In addition, this challenge will have not one but three cars to choose from. This challenge will open for entries on the 24th of January, and will stay open until 11:59 PM UTC on the 7th of February (due to my existing ACDC commitments). Please make any rules comments before entries open.
ARM2: New Mexico, Classic Muscle
In 1964, Chevrolet introduced the Chevelle. It was a mid-sized car, introduced right at the birth of the muscle car. In 1968, however, it was given an updated styling, with a streamlined, flowing roofline closer to a fastback than an ordinary sedan. The 68 model year is arguably when the Chevelle “found its muscle”.
It was offered in a wide variety of shapes, from 4-door wagons to 2-door coupes, and even the 2-door “coupe utility” El Camino. There was a variety of engines to choose from as well, from small inline-sixes to the enormous 454 Big-Block V8. In this challenge, entrants will be allowed to choose one of three variants: The classic hard-topped two-door coupe, its dreamlike soft-topped convertable sibling and the rather unique El Camino.
(From left to right: An El Camino, a Coupe and a Convertible)
On his first time driving the cars, however, Joseph came to a startling revelation. The cars hadn’t been kept too well - but even if they had, they still weren’t perfect. These performance muscle cars could barely beat a Ford FIesta, let alone a properly decent car! The ride was atrocious, the engine was rough and loud, the 3-speed slushbox was miserable, and the thing just felt like a deathrap. Worse still, the car absolutely devoured his fuel, and was lucky to eke out 4 kilometers per liter. They were rather undrivable. Luckily for Joseph, there was a hope - Restomodding. Joseph wasn’t the most mechanically minded, but he could always get someone to improve these classic cars for him…
So, our client wants classic muscle prestige and looks, but with the creature comforts of a more modern car. Your task is to completely rebuild these cars, from the ground up. New tyres, new suspension, new everything. They need to adhere to modern safety and emissions settings, and the client is also interested in some qualities more than others.
How this works:
- Download one of the three cars at the bottom of this post, or all three,
- Import the car into Automation.
- Clone both the car model and the engine family. Any entries which have not cloned these two items will have their scores reduced by 20%.
- Open up your cloned trim(s) in the new model, and switch the engine to your existing cloned engine family.
- Forward time to 2020 on the car model and engine family. Check that your Family, Variant, Model and Trim are all set to 2020.
- Rebuild the car.
- Change the model and family name to ARM2 - [your forum name].
- Save the .car file and send it to me as a PM when you are done.
Changes to make, and changes to avoid:
- Do NOT change the model body.
- Do NOT change any morphs except the wheel wells.
- Do NOT change the chassis type or material.
- Do NOT use more than 120 Engineering Time on the chassis.
- Do NOT use more than 140 Engineering Time on the engine.
- Do NOT submit a car costing more than 50 thousand dollars.
- DO change the engine so it uses 95 RON fuel.
- DO add a 3-way catalytic converter of some sort.
- DO add a muffler of some form.
- DO add ESC.
- DO make sure your fuel efficiency is 12.5 L/100km or better.
- DO make sure to include at least 4 seats if you are using the coupe or convertible, and at least 2 seats if you are using the El Camino.
All entries will be judged upon several objective, in-game criteria as well as several subjective ones.
The objective criteria are:
- 0-60 time. Joseph wants to take this car to the drag strip, he wants to perform with it. If the car can go from standing still to flying through the air nice and quickly? All the better for Joseph.
- Quarter mile time. What's the point of going to a drag strip with a car that doesn't go fast? Make it get from here to their nice and quick for him.
- Comfort. Joseph is spending a decent amount of money on this car, so he wants to enjoy being in it.
- Prestige. These cars aren't cheap, and Joseph wants people to know they are good, just at a glance.
- Drivability and Sportiness. These are less important, but the car should not be a pain to drive.
- Safety, Fuel Efficiency, Reliability. These are tie-breakers more than anything.
The subjective criteria are:
- Aesthetics. Does the car look pretty, or at least prettier than the originals? The stock versions are somewhat bland, so feel free to improve as you'd like. The car does not currently include a proper interior - including something there is a good way to improve your score.
- Authenticity. Does the car feel like a muscle car? This can come from a variety of factors, from keeping the existing engine to keeping the original lines. As this is an engine-focussed change, several engine changes will incur penalties here - turbos, new valvetrains, engine swaps and the like will be particularly observed here. Not all swaps are equal, of course - a Big Block V8 will be viewed more generously than an Ecoboost i3. The existing 327 engine can have its bore and stroke increased, and this will not impact the authenticity.
- Uniqueness. What's the point in restomodding a car if it's going to look the same as everyone else's car? Going with a crazy Mad Max-style restomod might not win you points for authenticity, but it will win a lot of points for being unique. Let your imagination run wild here, if you dare.
FINAL WORDS AND SUBMISSION
In case you missed anything:
Engine Family Name: ARM2 – [forum name]
Engine Variant Name: [engine name]
Car Model Name: ARM2 – [forum name]
Car Trim Name: [car name]
3-Way Catalytic Converter
2 or more seats per row
120 Chassis ET
140 Engine ET
50,000 maximum budget
ENTRIES DUE BY THE 7TH OF FEBRUARY.