The deadline has been extended to March 11, 23:59
The Car Shopping Round 66
A car for a hero
Somewhere in southern England, 1975
Richard “Dick” Brown, TV producer and employee of Super Eight Entertainment, is working on his next big project; a TV-series called “Fuzz Boys”. The show features hard-boiled detective Spencer Steele (played by Daniel McMillan), fighting organized crime in Britain in the most flamboyant and exuberant way possible. It’ll have girls in bikinis, explosions, shootouts, awesome car chases - everything that makes a show good.
Unfortunately, they’ve hit a bit of a snag. Issues with staffing and logistics have set back the schedule by several weeks, and with less than two weeks before the filming is supposed to start Dick has found out that the company that’s supposed to supply Spencer’s car has gone into liquidation. This is a problem because both Dick and Daniel, who also does his own stunts, are quite picky about what car they want. Because of this, the production team is currently in a crisis meeting, trying to solve the situation.
Dick is the first to speak.
“Alright boys, I think most of you understand why we’re here, but for those that don’t, I’ll give you a brief. Long story short, the car we chose for Spencer, that isn’t happening. The company just went bust, and we’re not gonna get any cars from them.”
He clears his throat, and continues: “Since we’re already short on time, we’re gonna need a replacement ASAP. This is priority number one, and I need everybody here to pitch in. I need something that looks cool, something with style - and make sure it’s decently fast; slow cars don’t look good on film.”
Daniel, who is sitting at the opposite corner in the room, interrupts: “And no clunkers either, yeah? I don’t want some bloody death trap that wants to send me through a brick wall arse-end first or self-destructs as soon as you give her some gas, innit?”
“Yeah, that too. Look wherever you can: newspaper ads, car mags, posters in the tube, pictures of cars you found outside your flat - I don’t care, as long as they’re on my desk by Friday morning. Everybody got that?”
He’s met by a series of nods and “yeah”s. He smiles.
“Alright, that’s great. Meeting’s over, everybody, get to work!”
And that’s were you, dear competitor, comes in. You’re going to build a car that’ll meet both Dicks and Daniels demands. For those of you unfamiliar with what kind of show they’re making, here’s a few examples:
And who could forget this lovely piece by the Top Gear crew?
The cars will be judged on the following criteria:
- Styling: A cool character like Spencer needs an equally cool and stylish car. Make something sporty with sex appeal, maybe a coupe or a fastback?
- Performance: As Dick said, slow cars don’t look good on film. The car should have decent performance both in a straight line and in the corners.
- Handling: Being fast isn’t enough; the car must also be controllable when driven on the edge. Can’t powerslide it through every corner if it just plows straight on or wants to spin out, you know? This will be a combination of Drivability and Sportiness.
- Reliability: With the schedule being so tight, the crew can’t have a car that doesn’t start or blows up during filming.
- Purchase price: Their previous car was supposed to be supplied to them at a discount price in return for exposure; with no time for such negotiations, the company has to buy the cars at list price. The suggested maximum is $10,000 total cost with no markup (in the markets tab), but the lower the better, since it means they can afford more cars for stunts.
- Service costs: While not hugely important, the cars shouldn’t require specialist technicians for repairs or too exotic tyre sizes, since they’ll go through a lot of them. The suggested maximum is $1,000/year for the trim, but lower is of course better.
- Trim year must be 1975: The car must be available to buy new. The model year may be older if you wish to make the car lore-friendly.
Body unlock year no older than 1960: You can’t have a car that looks like a dinosaur.
The car must be street legal: This means at least basic 60s safety and a maximum loudness of 60.
- Competitiveness must be at least 80 in at least three markets in Fruinia: Dick doesn’t want a repeat of the current disaster, so he wants a car from a company that isn’t going to go bust in a month’s time or that he can’t find easily.
- Use Super Leaded fuel: Unleaded won’t even be available in the UK for another ten years, and the price difference between 2-star (92 RON) and 4-star (98 RON) is neglegible. I won’t fail your car for using a different fuel, but you have nothing to gain from it.
- The contest will be held using the open beta of the UE4 build
- All workshop mods are allowed
- Use common sense: I reserve the right to fail cars that employ insane engineering decisions, like using -15 quality safety.
The Naming Conventions
Car Model name: CSR66 - <username>
Car Trim name: Full name of car
Engine Family name: CSR66 - <username>
Engine Variant name: Engine name or whatever, idc
The deadline is on March 9th 07:00 AM GMT, like Dick said.
By then I want the .car file in my inbox and a ad of the car posted in the thread.
I also suggest you don’t send in your car immediately, in case there are any rule changes.
Oh and here are some groovy tunes to get you in the mood:
Now get cracking!