CSR 152 - Hole in One

CSR 152 - Hole in One

Previous Round


some gated community idfk, Florida, 2005

After working a hard and honest life, 67 year old Harold is overjoyed now that he has finally saved up for retirement, and is now free to play as golf to his heart’s content.

However, his 1988 Bellomont Fort Lauderdale is starting to get old and break down, so it’s time for a replacement. Sitting on a big pile of cash, Harold should have plenty to spend on something snazzy.

Harold has no specific kind of car in mind, but at the very least it should be something very comfortable to support his aging back. He does think a luxury sedan would be the low-risk option, but maybe he would also like to recapture his youth with something like a sweet sports car?

After all, Harold is getting old quickly and struggling to keep up with the times, so he wants at least something new to keep him up to date.


RULES

Car

  • Trim Year: 2005
  • Max Price: $45,000
  • No semi slick tires
  • Tire width must end in 5
  • At least 2 seats
  • Must have room for an unscaled US plate on the rear (front plates aren’t required)

Engine

  • Variant Year: 2005
  • Fuel Type: Premium Unleaded (95 RON)
  • Max Loudness: 45
  • No race parts

Techpool

  • Maximum of 55 points for car tech
  • Maximum of 35 points for engine tech
  • No limits per area

Submissions/Notes

  • Model and Engine family name: CSR152 - (forum username)

  • Model Trim and Engine variant: free

  • A post with some sort of ad and photos is required.

  • Interiors are not required, nor will they be judged, but try to make at least a basic one so the photos look better.

  • Standard CSR realism is expected; any clusterfucks of minmax will be binned without question.

  • Submissions close February 5 @ 11:59 PM EST.

Countdown Timer


PRIORITIES

:star: :star: :star: :star:

Deisgn - Harold is a man of exquisite taste, and this is reflected strongly in his car choice, so 5 fixture wonders will not survive here.

Drivability - Harold is slowly but surely withering each day, so he doesn’t want to fight his car to drive it.

Comfort - Harold wants to slow down his ever-increasing spine damage.

Realism - don’t minmax or something
:star: :star: :star:

Value - Harold is a wise man and has learned a lot about spending his money wisely, so it will be the same case when looking for a car.

Reliability - Harold is planning on making this car his daily driver until he dies.

Prestige - The golf club needs to know that Harold deserved his new car.

Safety - Although he accomplished everything in life already, he still doesn’t want to die a horrible death when he’s still enjoying it.

Sportiness/Performance - Having lived through the oil crisis, Harold is glad that performance is finally back on the menu, and he’s ready for a full-course meal.
:star: :star:

Service Costs - Although he can afford to pay a mechanic for repairs, imagining the pain they have to go through to fix all those computers in his car scares him a bit.

Practicality - The car won’t usually haul a lot, just needs space for a golfing bag.

:star:

Fuel Economy - 2005 gas is relatively cheap for Harold, but he doesn’t want a ultra-giga-fuckatron5000-gas guzzler.


About Harold

  • Harold doesn’t understand computers too well, but he is very fascinated by them. If he needs help, he can call his son Trevor to guide him.

  • Harold is 5’ 11" and weighs 190 lbs.

  • He had a wife named Dorothy, until they divorced in 2001.

  • His aforementioned son/only child Trevor is 21 years old and is in college studying computer science, but he is a car guy as well.

  • An automatic transmission is easier on Harold’s aging bones, but he would be interested in a manual if it’s appealing enough.

if there is any other useless trivia you just need, let me know


Inspirations

(You aren’t restricted to just sedans and sports cars, make what you want)

Cadillac CTS



Chrysler 300


BMW 5 Series



Audi A6


Lexus LS430



Chevrolet Corvette



Porsche 911



Dodge Viper



Audi TT


Changelog
  • Moved performance/sportiness up to 3 stars
  • Changed some techpool bs
  • Added countdown timer
  • Added realism as a :star: :star: :star: :star: priority
  • CHANGED EVEN MORE TECHPOOL BULLSHIT WOOOOOOOOO THE AUTOMATION COMMUNITY IS SO EASY TO AGREE ON THINGS
10 Likes

As an amendment to the current rule set, I propose a mandate for the use of some kind of 3-way catalytic converter (either regular or high-flow), considering the era in which this CSR takes place.

What’s Harold’s opinion on SUVs?

he’s indifferent towards them

I’m assuming he doesn’t care about pickup trucks and (mini)vans either. But would he want a convertible of any kind (hard or soft top), either in the form of a body that actually is a convertible (as stated in-game), or a coupe made to look like a convertible through skillful fixture use? Also, what exterior colors does he like the most, and which ones does he like the least?

At any rate, this round has shades of CSR35 in terms of the kind of car our client wants - except that this time, the client is an aging, retired man who prefers sedans, coupes and convertibles.

good fucking luck making a van, but i would say a pickup truck would be a (slightly) more reasonable shitpost

if you’re making a convertible, make sure it is actually a convertible; i’ll probably have something to balance out the totally fair and realistic :smiley: :+1: :+1: :+1: :+1: :+1: weight penalty

i already wrote about Harold’s transmission preferences in the About Harold section

im not sure if he prefers any specific colors, maybe just not some shit like hot pink?

1 Like

Does Harold only have one children? What about grandkids?

no grandchildren, Trevor is his only child

image

just gonna leave it here

12 Likes

No interior requirements? Shocking! I’ll make sure you get an overly detailed interior now just to spite you.

5 Likes

I can’t decide between the Merit and the Cognoscenti.

The Merit is a brand new 04 model, the Cognoscenti is from 98, but was facelifted in 04 and features the same new generation of engines.


From an objective point of view, the Merit is the better car. But as I think a senior citizen with money won’t mind the somewhat dated appearance of a Cognoscenti and the less sporty driving but will surely appreciate having the longest (car) in the neighbourhood.

2 Likes

those definitely are cars

5 Likes

Understandable, but I’ll make an interior anyway if I feel like it.

Anyway, I have a test entry ready, and it comes in at $35k(!) after making full use of the tech pool allocation for this round - this despite using a V12 engine, luxury interior and satnav, glued aluminum chassis with aluminum bodywork, and semi-active dampers and sway bars.

Also, does the fixture below qualify as a US plate? Especially since it’s taller and narrower than a Euro plate.

I do have a feeling this amount of techpool will allow supercars to fit under the budget

Hey, just wanted to let you know that with current regs I can make a 16mpg 600hp V10 with svc under 2000, paired to a carbon-fiber-paneled semi-space-frame DWB/MultiLink convertible supercar with flow optimization and active aero. The only weirdly cheesy thing required was some use of negative quality on the tires (which is imo appropriate for cheap supercars anyways), but I’m by no means an expert engineer…

ok so since the rules look like an absolute cheesefest here are some polls to vote on

change the techpool?

  • Keep total techpool limit the same
  • Lower it for car and engine by 10

0 voters

individual techpool limits?

  • no limits
  • limits for certain areas
  • a maximum for all areas

0 voters

change the max budget?

  • Raise the budget
  • Keep it the same
  • Lower the budget

0 voters

2 Likes

So I think its important to validate just how far advanced one company could even be ahead of another in tech. 3 years (thus 3 Techpool points) seems like the max one could expect from competitive companies. Seems like more than that, and they just license out the tech and pay royalties (like Mitsubishi’s balance shaft “solution” in Porsches.

Given that the last CSR was hosted in the 1990s and used a 30/50 techpool system, it would make sense for this CSR to still maintain the 35/55 techpool system as it is held in the 2000s, and it would make no sense to have a lower tolerance of technical innovation than an earlier round.
With that said the price cap should be lowered due to variables in real life that would influence the pricing compared to what we make in game. In addition, while the limits may let you push the limits, especially with numerical stats and the parts you can use, the story and inspirations of this round seem to indicate that focusing on implementing the newest/best technology or the best numbers may lead you badly astray and miss the whole point. Ownership experience seems to matter too. I think that’s the beauty of rounds like this (in its current 35/55 system), a somewhat lenient ruleset but with an emphasis on reasonable restraint.

8 Likes

Just because you can make something like that, doesn’t mean that it will be 1) what the client actually is looking for, or 2) even get past the realism rule or being binned for being minmaxed. Value is also a higher priority in the challenge, so maxing out the budget with expensive options probably won’t do so well.

2 Likes

Sure, but this is a rules deliberation period. I suspect the intent was not to have 600HP super-efficient make believe engines. Also, it did provide value… untuned out of the box stats had drivability over 75, comfort near 60, and prestige over 70. I think it’s pretty clear that we’re supposed to be making things akin to M3/M5, not Lambo-with-a-trunk. None of the posted inspirations are anything like what I was making in price range, but it was pretty close to the Viper in role.