CSR 112: A Railroader's Shooting Star

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CSR 112: A Railroader's Shooting Star

It is now September 1985. The first Class 142 Pacer railbuses have hit the rails, replacing exhausted Heritage DMUs. With these new “trains”, comes a requirement for the ageing service vans of Britrak, the national rail company. Their old vehicles, manufactured by Pemhall, were effective but are beginning to show their age… as rust begins to creep into the panels, it is clear a refresh is needed for their fleet of vans..

The old Pemhall A50s. Good vans back in the day, but showing their age, they are due for replacement.

Exec 1: “We have these new trains rolling, but they do have their issues… with the engine and gearbox, and our service fleet is looking quite old, like the old DMUs we are replacing with the brand new Pacer 142.”
Exec 2: “Maybe we could also get some new service vehicles,
Exec 3: “The personnel have noticed the engines are quite worn out, and by now it would be more economical to get a new van. One with *fuel injection.”
Exec 1: “Fuel injection… that’s the business there! Wait… what about trucks and four-by-fours?”
Exec 2: “Those would work very well too.”


The fleet requires a reliable, durable car that starts first time, to help ensure the reliable service. The company’s values depend on simplicity, durability, reliability, and the new fleet should help uphold this. A vehicle which fails to start in a cold British winter won’t be looked upon fondly by the workers, company or the passengers in the new 142! Some drivers might prefer an automatic, but not all, so transmission choice will not really make a difference to judging.



Reliability: They will need a vehicle which starts first time, every time, especially when needed. The passengers can’t service the tracks, they’ll need the response vehicle to remove obstructions ASAP so the rail service works as efficient as possible!

Environmental resistance: The old vans were great. In fact, the chassis of the old vans are still solid, even though they are rusty on the outside, which is why they lasted so long! They expect the new vans to last even longer, so pay attention to environmental resistance.

Fuel economy: As a company, they want the lowest running costs. Fuel economy is highly valued. However, turbos are banned for balancing reasons!

Service costs: A cheap to run van is better, it’ll save them a great chunk of cash over the years that can be put to cheaper tickets and better service!

Configuration choices: A well thought out engineering paying attention to realism and functionality would earn favours across the board, even if there may be a statistical penalty.


Design & Aesthetics: It needs to look pleasant to the eye and fitting to the 80s. A facelifted 70s van can also be accepted, provided it looks correct for the early-mid 80s.

Comfort: It’s a van, comfort isn’t going to be that high. However, the ageing Pemhalls aren’t really helping with the backs of the workers, so a more comfortable van is welcomed with the cash of the company.

Drivability: The drivers who will drive these have been accustomed to a 1960s van. Drivability isn’t too much of a worry, but the more is better, as they are after all looking for an upgrade, not a sidegrade.

Offroad: The vehicles would have to be driven off the roads to reach hazards around the tracks, so a little offroad capability of a vehicle, regardless whether 2WD or 4WD is useful.

Purchase price: The company would buy many of these vans, to replace the old fleet, and a low purchase price can save a large amount of money…

Cargo space: While a small van may be viable, it’ll only be able to carry some tools, meaning possible complications. A larger van or truck would carry more, allowing for more utility to the worker!


Performance: The old vans did 0-60 in 16 seconds unladen, which was more than enough. Try keeping around this and you’ll be just fine.

IRRELEVANT: Sportiness, it’s a van, it’s not supposed to be fun to drive.


General restrictions:

Trim year must be 1985.

Engine variant year must be 1985.

Must be capable of running on 98RON LEADED fuel. 98RON LEADED was the regular fuel of 1985 UK, so it is the optimal choice.

NO CATALYTIC CONVERTERS, the vehicle would run on leaded fuel!


1984 Hiace (90sFlatnose) body is BANNED FROM THE CHALLENGE for balancing reasons. If this is used, it is instantly binned!

At least one muffler is required.

Semi-slick tyres will lead to instabin.

Overly minmax and/or unrealistic choices will be looked upon with suspicion, possibly leading to bin.

Statistical restrictions:

-Loudness (engine), max 50

-Engine ET: 90 max

-Engine PU: 60 max

-Trim ET: 100 max

-Trim PU: 100 max

-Approx. cost maximum: 15,000

-Drivability: Minimum 20.

-Comfort: Minimum 10.

-Load capacity: Minimum 500kg.

-Cargo hold space: Minimum 1750L.

-Safety: Minimum 30.

-Seats: At least 2 full seats.

-Trim reliability: At least 55.

-Engine reliability: At least 55.

-Environmental resistance: Minimum 20.

As with other CSRs, the naming system applies.

Model name: CSR112 - (Username here)
Model trim: Brand, model and trim/variant of car

Engine family: CSR112 - (Username here)
Engine variant: engine name and variant.

Rules are open for suggestions and changes until 2019/09/21 23:59 GMT, which coincides with opening submissions.
The deadline for submissions will be 2019/09/27 23:59 GMT.
You must place an advert for your submission on the thread.
DM @Keikyun with your submission’s .car file inside. IF UNABLE TO DM ON FORUMS, please notify me on the discord, and I’ll allow it sent via DM there.
All Workshop mods can be used.
Open beta is preferable for this challenge for compatibility purposes.

There will be NO RESUBMISSIONS; your submission is FINAL. If your car does not comply it will be placed on the Hall of Shame.

Please read thoroughly the rules, and have fun!

For inspiration, these are the types of vehicles she is looking for. You do not need to abide by these, but they are useful.

Inspirational Vehicles

NOTICE: These are common examples. You do not need to follow these examples!

Vw t3 s sst
1989 Ford Transit 190 (14125330363)
1979 Ford Transit (12082886753)
Austin Maestro campervan - front
1985 Ford Escort Van 1.6 Automatic (8962910374)
1987 Toyota Hiace 01
Nissan Hardbody Truck 4x4 1990
1984 Toyota HiLux (YN55R) 2-door utility (2015-06-15) 01


Are we looking at a customer for dealing with cargo / work utilities or passenger?

Kei has said that 2 seats will be fine. They’ll be hauling around equipment to help repair railroad tracks and trains.

Our client will most likely put an emphasis on load capacity and cargo space - the more the better.

Is significant preference given to covered storage (e.g. a van or suv, over a pickup)?

Does our submission need to be painted that light yellow paint colour of the old pictured vans? If so, how can we replicate it?

He didn’t specify colour, so no, you don’t need to worry about that.

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“Go Anywhere.”
For Sale - 1985 FWM Woodsman 4x4.
Price as Shown $15,000.

Light Duty Pickups and Utility Vans.
Offroad Capability and estimated 21mpg.
Ask for a test drive today!


Important announcement:

The 1984 Hiace van body (90sFlatnose) has been banned from the challenge for balancing reasons. Please do not use it.

Furthermore, no furry mods please.


I’m fairly new around here, and I really wanna know the story behind the ‘no furry mods’ allowed rule everyone seem to implement because I just know it’s something ridiculous.


furry mod = meme

no memes in CSR


Is it possible to lower engine reliability to 50?
Quite hard to get with what I have in mind.

And I think 10 comfort is quite a high score, as most realistic-built 80s delivery vans get scores around 5 in Automation. I have to use Standard interior and Basic Radio to get this with the 1985 Van body and I think no 80s van had more than a basic interior in real life, and radios were not common until the early 90s.

The minimum cargo space required by the rules… is rather low. I archieve this with a panel van version of the 1975 fullsize sedan. Maybe this should be altered.

But overall this is a great setting and quite “archievable” rules. I will definitely take part here.

50 reliability isn’t that hard to have :thinking:


It is 55 and I asked for 50, sorry for confusion.

But I solved it anyway… I used a late 60s engine family and a 1985 variant, now I rebuilt exactly the same engine with family year 1985 and I got above 55…

Strange but works for me.

I managed to get 60 and be waay under in terms of ET and PU

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Nvm I misspelled, I wanted to say that 55 reliability isn’t hard to have :wink:

so did I, my problem has been getting under 15 k

I managed to fulfil all requirements without trouble after shifting the family year (not even the variant year!) to 1985.


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All equipment shown on van are standard feature with no additional costs.

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