One slight question on the format - what sort of format will the interviews take? Should we send our questions here, for everyone to see, or should it go in DMs?
Ah, might miss this one, I am coming back on the 24th, will be tight to do something in 4 days, good luck all!
DMs. Should have mentioned that, my bad!
generally you send questions in the main thread for clarifications, but you send .car files through DMs
OOC: This is a more realistic approach to how a restomod firm would ask the client questions. The idea is that you would get the same base info, and then they might email the client with more specific questions after. That is typically not info that would then be given to everyone unless the specific firm asked for it. I don’t want everyone to get all the extra, more specific info about Dave because at the end of the day, I want the cars to be interesting and unique approaches, rather than super specifically based on the extra sixteen questions people ask! The main brief already says a ton as it is.
After some feedback, some requirements have been adjusted and rebalanced! Please double check the requirements again if you have started building to avoid a potential bin.
Finally, a restomodding challenge that doesn’t have performance in mind as a major judging criterion. I’m sure that comfort and drivability will be major priorities, though.
And in the context of this challenge, patina refers to the array of decals placed on the base trim and chosen carefully so that they simulate rust, faded paint and mold after decades of neglect.
I am missing a mod. Is there one I need to download?
Yes, there are! The Bus uses a few mods, although I tried to be very sparing with my use of them. The ones that you might be missing: the Camper Window mod (I think the name was something like that?), perhaps the rims (can’t remember the name), or maybe the rust/moss mod (which I also forget the name of). It also uses Patchwork, but I assume you have it. Try importing it, it should be pretty immediately obvious what’s missing, then you can grab the mod off the Workshop and reimport!
I recognize that the submission window has already opened and therefore I probably shouldn’t be editing the brief further, however, I realized there was something important that needed to be cleared up, thanks to a message @cake_ape sent in the Discord about the Practicality stat:
After thinking it over, I decided that it probably made a lot more sense to base Practicality on the space usage of the exterior and interior of the vehicle rather than the stat, which I had intended to use. If you go up and look at that section of the brief, that has been edited to match! However, after Cake pointed that out, I also recognized that I hadn’t done a good enough job breaking down the scoring for everything else. As such, in the Judging section, you can now see exactly what aspects of the build are relevant to each category! I’d recommend looking over the rules one last time just to make sure it is all clear. Assuming nothing else like this comes up, I intend to leave the rules as is from this point on! Anyways, happy building, and I can’t wait to see what wacky and wonderful things you all come up with!
Bespoke Restomods is proud to present…
The Bespoke T2 Woodstock Tribute
With a livery inspired by the posters for the very first Woodstock festival, the T2 hearkens back to a simpler time, a happier time - but once you strip it away, it’s all modern. The car has been polished off, lovingly restored and rebuilt to perfect condition. Every last piece of rust and mold has been removed, the paint has been stripped off, and a new metallic green coat has been added.
The interior has been filled with premium leather and wood, and enough screens for all the grandkids. A leather soft-top has been installed, to get all the fresh air into the cabin. Seven seats have been installed, enough for a party with room to spare - but comfort has not been compromised, utilising moulded seats rather than benches. The middle seats have been configured as rear-facing, with padded tables built in, to allow for people to enjoy socialising during the drive. All of the technology on the interior has been designed with safety in mind as well, featuring advanced biometric monitoring, impact detection and automated emergency calls, alongside plenty of sensors and assistance.
The Woodstock edition is designed for mobility and dependability. With All-Wheel-Drive and a manually-lockable differential, it will take you wherever you want to go - from the beach, to the festivals, to the childrens’ houses. BRM has taken advantage of their performance knowledge to add advanced intake ducts into the logo, for further cooling, and high-performance brake ducts which provide dependable stopping power on the vented steel brakes. The original panels have been retained, but a rustproofing treatment has been applied to ensure a lasting finish free from wear and tear.
The Woodstock Tribute comes with a modern turbocharged inline six. This new engine delivers incredibly low emissions, noise and vibration, meeting the most stringent of environmental standards. BRM has paid the utmost importance to fuel efficiency, using individual throttle bodies in the direct-injection system, a twin-cam design and advanced, friction-optimised pistons. The resulting engine is so efficient that you could easily get from San Diego to San Francisco on a single fill of the T2’s stock 56L tank. It is paired with a modern 7-speed automatic transmission; the original suspension setup has been kept, but new springs, dampers and sway bars have been installed.
A basic kitchenette has been included in the rear, featuring a sink, and the ability to dispense boiling or chilled water. These features are all computer-controlled, and are protected by cutoffs which disable the systems when the car is taken out of park. Storage is provided under the sink, as well as in two easily-accessable vintage cloth chests, restored to match the rest of the interior.
for an engine swap does the 3k price cap come from the material cost of the engine or price the whole car?
The $3k fee is added to the price of the whole car.
I did have something that, now, won’t be gracing this post!
You know, you could very much still have a shot at this! Engineering is still important, and there are plenty of ways to think outside the box and get more design ideas! I’d suggest looking at furniture or interior design for some more inspiration, since this is more like a house on wheels than your average car and there’s lots of unique stuff out there! Up to you if you want to continue building, but don’t feel discouraged! There are plenty of different ways to win an ARM.
Yeah, I’d hate to see people not submit/post because what someone else has posted already. There are many ways to win. I have taken a risky approach by keeping the original engine and the original paint, and using those funds to maximize the engineering. But is it worth it? Who knows… only the client can tell. It could very well pay off to take either of those cost bumps for a better engine, or for better and more unique exterior looks. The beauty of this challenge is that there are so many options and trade-offs to choose from.
TLDR, I hope to see many posts and submissions, because I want to see peoples’ various interpretations of this challenge