Retro Racers: a homologation race/road car design challenge
To give you all a break from the extremely regulated engineering savvy challenges, I decided to host a purely design-related challenge with as much creative freedom as physically possible. So without further ado, here it is;
Basically, this challenge is all about race cars for the road, AKA Homologation Specials. You can choose any racing series/class to make a race car and corresponding road car for, so long as it is between 1970 and 1999. Participants must make a race car for whatever class they choose and must make a corresponding road car, as long as it makes sense for the time period/era. Submissions open on March 5th, and end on april 20thThere will also be judge-given feedback starting on the 30th. ( ̶t̶o̶t̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶a̶ ̶s̶t̶o̶l̶e̶n̶ ̶i̶d̶e̶a̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶l̶m̶h̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶l̶l̶e̶n̶g̶e̶)
Participants may submit up to one car per decade
You must set your model name to
[RR-(main category)-(subcategory)-(decade)-(username)-(road or race car)]
The trim name should be the actual name of the submission
Example: [RR-On track-Coupes-80’s-Mustangporsche67]
The judges are:
This is a purely design-based challenge, so no engineering will be judged, although please keep it period correct/realistic (no 60,000hp v16s)
There will be 2 main categories and 4 subcategories, as well as the decade:
On-track: pretty much any car designed to be driven on a paved surface/track
Off-track: rally cars, race trucks, whatever else goes offroad goes here
Sedans/wagons (4 doors or more)
Road car Submissions MUST be road legal/make sense as a road car. If you just take the livery off your race car and put plates on it, YOU WILL BE BINNED
Road cars must resemble race cars and must have the same body and wheelbase
The road car MUST be at least believably road legal, so just slapping license plates on a race car will result in a bin
Formula/open-wheel race cars are the only racing class that is banned due to obvious reasons
The race car must make sense for the class it is supposed ot be entered in (ie; don’t make a group c rally car or something stupid like
The race car must have a livery of some sort, and no, putting 2 racing stripes and a number on a car and calling it a day is not a livery
The race car must have proper period safety features, and be up to the correct spec/limitations of the time/class
MAJOR RULES UPDATE (3-20-23)
We have a few new rules I didn’t originally think of that are pretty important to what can and cant be submitted to this challenge, so, here they are;
The car has to have 4 wheels touching the ground while at rest, so no 3 wheelers and no motorcycles (maybe I’ll do a separate motorcycle challenge after this…)
Both the race car and the road car can only have 1 engine. no escudo pikes peaks and no twin-engine golfs
No fan cars/motorized ground effect machines will be accepted, so no chapperal 2Js.
The road car cannot just be a normal commuter shitbox, as the sole purpose of most of these cars existing is to go racing, not the other way around. if you do have a base model that you plan on giving the race treatment to for a homologation car, that would be fine, but just taking a normal ‘throwaway’ car and saying its the homologation version would result in a bin.
Please refrain from using real life branding/cars, we want to see what you come up with, not some pre existing car company
If there are any other rules that i think of i will be sure to alert all participants about them. As for now, get creative, have fun, and i look forwards to seeing what you guys make!
Please note that this is my first challenge so its not perfect, any help and advice would be greatly appreciated
WE DO NOT NEED YOUR CAR FILE YET, ITS ONLY FEEDBACK SUBMISSIONS AS OF NOW. ALL WE NEED ARE SOME GOOD PHOTOS AND YOURE GOOD. ONCE FEEDBACK IS OVER FINAL SUBS WILL BE OPENED.