Scenario: We have seen the peak of petroleum production in the previous decade, but now we are seeing a decline in petroleum supply, causing prices to soar. Car companies are now attempting to shift towards more fuel saving technologies in their vehicles as a response to the shortage. Your goal is to make a decently priced car with decent gas mileage, while still appealing to the horsepower junkies.
1972-1974 (bodies can be from any year 1974 or earlier) (Bonus points for older cars still apply as always)
Max Approximate Cost: $16k Max Trim Service Cost: $800
-3 to 3 quality range
-2.40m minimum wheelbase
-OHV (Push Rod) or DAOHC
-Regular unleaded fuel (There is now a rule against tuned fuel)
-225mm max tire width
-60 minimum tire profile
-2 front seats and 2 rear seats any size
-At least 16 US MPG (14.7L/100km)
-At least 10 comfort
-No engine stress or knocking
-Advanced 70s safety
This is entirely possible, but chances are you’re looking at a weaker V6 version of whichever pony you’re building. My biggest gripe is with the safety requirement, as always: We should not be forced to go for the most expensive and heaviest option by a mile simply because it’s not 1975.
And speaking of: I have no objection to the rule about catalytic converters because this is a malaise challenge, but cars were generally not equipped with those in the early 70s.
Designed, engineered and raced by A_Harmless_Fly (Harmless) The 1974 Musca Twister 3.8 Musca Twister - Album on Imgur It may look a little economical, it may even be a bit economical… but few economy cars can get a 10:26 on the full Nuremburg ring.