CSR132 - Modern Art - [DE STIJL- Finals]











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PROLOGUE

A breeze of cold air rushed into the hallway as the front door was opening. A quiet thud followed as the door closed. Heavy breathing filled the square and narrow hallway. A click on a lightswitch and the hallway lit itself in a calming and dim yellow light. Footsteps started echoing through the hallway. As she entered the kitchen the air became colder. “Goedendag!” said Flora. The man sitting behind a kitchen counter reading a book twitched. Putting down the book he glanced at her and said warmly “Dinner is in the oven.” Opening the oven Flora asked, ”Kids…?” “Are asleep”, quickly answered the man reading a book. “Was it stressful?”, asked the man quietly. “I think it went pretty well,” replied Flora. “So, what did you want to talk about? You said that we will talk about it at dinner,” said the man while still staring into the book. “We need a new car,” said Flora with an assertive tone. The man put down the book, stood up from the grey bar stool and slowly and quietly walked towards the window. Peeking through curtains and looking at his beloved A3 being covered by snow he said, “No we don’t. It’s 4 years old and it's barely run in.” “But we will in 4 months,” said Flora pointing at her pregnant belly, “You can’t even fit a 40x40 canvas on the rear seats of that car let alone 3 car seats. And what about the boot? We barely closed it when we were going to Luxembourg on a 5-day vacation. ” “Ah, right,” said the man as he was breathing out. “But, there is still time, no need to hurry Flora.” “Says the man who already designed the room for her, and ordered the most of the furniture” “Okay, okay,” you are right, said the man, seeing he is entering dangerous territory. He walked to kissed her softly on the forehead and quietly said: “It’s getting late and you are exhausted, what if we continue tomorrow?” “Leon, will you do the dishes?” asked Flora as she was leaving the kitchen.

Through the frame of the window comes the vibrant glow of a new day. The house is still asleep, but then a loud crying from one of the rooms upstairs. Leon rushes to the room at the and of the hallway he slowly opens the door as sees a crying child on the floor. After calming the child and putting him back to bed he went downstairs and made himself a coffee. He sat down in the winter garden. The backyard was covered with snow. Soon after a doorbell rang. It was a delivery. The box was big and bulky, but lite. As he was putting down the box on the table in the hallway, Flora ran down “Finally”, said Flora happily. “Did you buy shoes again?” said Leon worryingly. “It’s a painting. The one we ordered 2 months ago, that is supposed to go above the fireplace.” Leon stood in the hallway looking at Flora as she was opening the box. “It’s perfectly splendid,” said Flora as she was pulling it out of the box. Carrying the painting she turned around and entered the living room. She elegantly put the picture above the fireplace and stepped admiring it. Leon was standing under the door frame. “The colours clash, pink-red and yellow on the same surface as primary colours just don’t work.” “It’s ecologically sustainable modern art,” said Flora, still looking at the painting. “Anyways, I have to go,” She turned towards Leon, gave him a kiss, picked up her coat and exited the house, closing the door with a loud thud.

Night has settled, headlights lit the driveway as Leon was parking. Everything was still covered in snow. Flora was taking the kids inside. Leon was a step behind her carrying their weekly shopping. Just as Flora unlocked the doors she remembered that she left her laptop at the gallery. She left in a hurry because Leon and the kids were waiting for her. She looked around searching for the car keys. When she found them she yelled, “Leon, I left my laptop at work. I am going to get it.” “Dive safe,” yelled Leon from the living room as he was covering Alexander with a blanket.

Flora sat in the car, the engine roared in life. She pulled out of the driveway and drove off. On her way to the gallery, she drove adventurously. When she arrived the parking lot in front of the gallery was full of luxury cars. Big black SUVs and sedans. She had a sudden burst of jealousy. She left the car next to the entrance of the building with the hazards on and quickly ran into the building. She went to her office, grabbed the laptop and headed out. When she was exiting she couldn’t help but notice that there were a lot of people in the gallery. Seeing a lot of people in the gallery she managed made her feel very satisfied. Opening the front door she heard a scream, she jumped. There was nothing to be scared of, it was just their eldest son - Matthijs. After the dinner, Leon and Flora tucked the kids in. They went downstairs into the living room. Leon dimmed the lights in the living room and sat down onto his Elba Armchair. Flora came from the kitchen with a boiling cup of Masala Chai tea. She sat down and started typing on her laptop. After a while, the typing noise stopped. Flora looked at Leon and asked “Black or White?” Leon gave her a confused look. “Can you elaborate?” asked Leon calmly. “Which colour is more glamorous, which gives an impression of wealth and prestige?” “A white painting on a black wall gives an impression of prestige, but don’t overdo it with black. Rich brown or dark orange wo…” “For a car,” interrupted Flora. “Which car?” asked Leon with a high pitch. Flora turned around the laptop. And there it was, a black Mercedes-Benz CLS 350. “You know we can’t afford that,” said Leon. “You are an interior designer who worked for some of the most influential people in Europe and I run a modern art gallery in the centre of Rotterdam. I think we can,” Flora's voice was starting to raise. “Even though that is correct, you still can’t buy it. It only has 4 seats and I am not planning on staying home when you and kids go on a vacation. And, and the seats don’t fold as well,” said Leon with a grin on his face. “Sigh, okay you are right,” said Flora with disappointment. “Let's review our needs and wishes to see what kind of a car we actually need and want. Shall we?” Leon took a piece of paper and pen from the bookshelf, sat down once again and put the paper on his knee ready to write. “I want it to look elegant, prestigious, perhaps sporty?” Flora looked at Leon as he was writing it down. Leon suddenly stopped writing. “Those criteria are not realistic for a family car,” said Leon looking down at the piece of paper. “I think you can find something like that. But, what do you reckon then.” “Well Alex is 2 and Matthijs will be 5 in a month and since we are expecting, we need something spacious with a big boot. I really don’t want to spend a lot of money on it. CO2 regulations are getting more strict and we both travel frequently in the city centre, also fuel prices are climbing, something very safe… A big practical Insignia estate,” said Leon while staring at the painting above the fireplace. “Ahh, you are so sensible, I want either something elegant or something flamboyant. I want it to look fresh and modern, with a degree of road presence. However, I do agree with you when it comes to everyday usability. Maybe one of those big SUV Audis?” “A Q7?” said Leon while giving Flora the stare. “Yeah why not,” said Flora with a neutral sounding voice. “Oh God no, we are not running a drug cartel, besides that thing is probably longer than our driveway. Have you seen the size of it?! What about something sub-premium?” said Leon. “Q7 represents modern and contemporary design and I don’t think it is too big,” Flora fought back. “Huh, sub-premium you say. I think I could settle for something like that. But, this is going nowhere,” laughed Flora “Unfortunately,” said Leon with a smile on his face. “Let's do it this way you write down what you think is important and find some offers and I will do the same. We have time,” said Flora as she was closing her laptop and sitting back covering herself with a blanket. “Shall we watch a movie?” “We shall,” said Leon as he was putting down the paper and pencil. He stood up and sat on the couch with Flora.


BRIEF

Leon and Flora are a successful young-ish couple. Leon is an interior designer and Flora runs a modern art gallery in the centre of Rotterdam. They own an Audi A3, but since Flora is pregnant and they already have 2 children, Alexander who is 2 and Matthijs who will be turning 5 soon, they have decided that they need a bigger car. Because they are both into design and art they are looking for an interesting design, a beautiful car. Living in Rotterdam, Netherlands doesn’t really require an AWD or a 4x4, their A3 deals with occasional snowy roads just fine. They are an active family and go on weekend trips to a lake or a relaxing hike, naturally that sometimes leads them to a gravel road, but again A3 copes with that just fine. Where A3 doesn’t cope fine is space. It is a spacious car for its class and that is the best they can say about the space it offers. Boot space is starting to get small. Packing more than 3 suitcases is a struggle and soon they are going to have to carry a pram and a bag or 2 extra. A3 lacks in safety as well because it does not have 3 Isofix anchor points and realistically you can’t fit 3 car seats in the back of an A3. A bigger car is needed. However, they are not sure about the size of the car. They need something bigger than their A3, but they don’t know how much bigger. The body type of their future car is also unknown. Sedan, estate, liftback, SUV, MPV…

PRIORITEITEN

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DESIGN COHERENCE, PERIOD CORRECTNESS, REALISM
If you are making an entry-level premium sedan with a 2.0l engine make it look like it. Projector halogen or maybe even xenon headlights, less plastic, chrome accents, body-coloured panels, no quad exhausts etc. Keep in mind you are making a 2012 car. They don’t have mad LED DRL patterns in the headlights or have 21’… DRLs are mandatory in Europe since 2011. Try and incorporate them. They do and don’t have to be LED strips, it just depends in which price bracket your car is.

PRACTICALITY
They are soon to become a family of 5 with the eldest child being 5. Your car needs to be able to comfortably fit 5 people, extra seats would be nice but not necessary. Keep an eye on passenger space and cargo space.


SAFETY
Flora and Leon shouldn’t be afraid for their lives every time they sit in it. It should be safe by early 2010s standards. ESC will not be mandatory in Europe until 2014, but in a larger family car it should be standard.


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DRIVABILITY
You are making a family car that should be usable every day under all weather conditions (extreme weather conditions in the Netherlands are very common, don’t be fooled by the tulips and windmills :eyes:.). They both know how to drive a manual, their A3 is a manual.


FUEL ECONOMY
Action or well, lack of it is situated in Europe, fuel isn’t cheap and Leon and Flora don’t want to spend their days on the petrol stations.


COMFORT
They are not looking for an S-class, but neither are they looking for a Dacia Sandero.


RELIABILITY
Family cars shouldn’t break all the time. They are aware they are not going to get a car with a Lexus reliability score, but a car that won’t break down after a 10,000km would be nice.


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EMISSIONS
A stat that was never a priority in a CSR, but it is here. The early 2010s were the beginning of stricter CO2 control and in a few years time, some cities will start charging for entering a city centre with a car that emits a lot of CO2. Also a car with a lower CO2 is cheaper to tax. Lower the better.


SERVICE COSTS
Again you are making a family car not a supercar with a V10 engine. Keep them reasonable.

RULES AND REQUIRMENTS

  • Trim year: 2012
  • Engine year: 2012 or older
  • Max Engine ET: 135
  • Max Trim ET: 130
  • Use premium fuel only (90 AKI / 95 RON)
  • Max loudness 35
  • Must have catalytic converter
  • Any realistic transmission choice goes
  • Minimum 5 full seats
  • Max. Approximate Price: €($)32,000 (not material costs)*
  • NO RACE PARTS.
  • Use your common sense.
    *automation terminology

DESIGN IDEAS

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Use the following naming scheme for your entry:

  • Engine name: CSR132 - [forum username]
  • Engine variant: [engine name]
  • Car name: CSR132 - [forum username]
  • Car trim: [car name]

Resubmissions will not be allowed.

DEADLINE

Submissions are now open.

THE DEADLINE IS January 24th, 23:59 (GTM+2)

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And most importantly. Just have fun with it. Even if it doesn’t work out for you, you gave it a shot. There is enough time, use it wisely. Before sending check if your car follows the rules, I don’t want to see good cars being binned because somebody was lazy to recheck the rules. If you find any serious flaws with the rules let me know.

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Hell yeah Germany time thancc you

I assume that the existing A3 is not a Quattro?

I’ve never actually entered one of these before and am interested.

Are mods allowed or do we have to stick with vanilla bodies and fixtures?

I’m pretty sure we are allowed to use all of the mods from the steam workshop

driving an A3

Lol :stuck_out_tongue:

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You can use mods for CSR, dw about it

No it is a FWD.

Yes you can use mods.

Sportiness is not much of a concern for our clients, but they won’t want something that’s too slow. Also, why aren’t there any engine/trim production unit limits? As for these:

I suspect the catalytic converter must be a three-way (either regular or high-flow) unit, and +2 or +3 seating will not be accepted, unlike the more common arrangement of 3 full-sized seats in the second row.

And what about loudness limits? Should there be any, and if so, how much?

There is one. As for production units, they affect the price, so I guess it would be quite redundant.

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Well, you are building a 2012 car I think that three-way catalytic converter goes under common sense and realism. + seats can be used in 3rd row if your car has one, but avoid using them in the 2nd row.

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How about performance? I understand that nobody in 2012 wanted Peugeot 404 diesel performance, but will it be considered as long as it is on a sane level?

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I would expect our clients to reject anything that’s too slow for their tastes, even though they are not really in the market for an actual performance car.

Yeah, but that is a very vague guideline in this case that goes for almost any car buyer, at least today. From some previous CSRs, though, I have learned that it seems like there is automationverse buyers that expect hot hatch acceleration from a cargo van, more or less…

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2012, Europe, family car, not very expensive (32k doesn’t sound like much for that in Automation), so I’d aim for something that fits this IRL? Like, IDK, Škoda Superb 1.8 TSI, Ford Kuga 1.6 EcoBoost or Renault Grand Scenic 2.0.

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As long as the car is able to keep up with traffic and has got enough power to overtake, you should be fine. They are not looking for a hot hatch. I should note that they both know how to dive a manual furthermore A3 is a manual.

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THE DEADLINE IS January 23rd, 10:00 (GTM+2)

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I would advise you to recheck priorities, rules and requirements. Some changes were made.


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This will be my first submission ever. I see that some of you on here upload your vehicles, how and where are they uploaded to?

Direct message the .car file to vouge (the creator of the challenge). This way no one else will be able to look at your car before the challenge ends.

Usually you’ll also need to post a picture of your car in order for it to count.

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This will be a debut for Husar brand in CSR, the project looks promising but is still in the engineering phase.
Here is a little teaser for you all

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