Groupe Régal - Régal Auto, Angus Automobile, Octane Racing, Northstar

Groupe Régal is a French and Canadian multinational automotive company with its roots deep in Rennes, France and Montreal, Canada. It regroups multiple marques like Régal Auto (small family, executive and performance), Angus Automobile (military, commercial, passenger, muscle), Octane Racing (sports and racing) and Northstar (luxury). The group covers nearly all market segments and share facilities between Rennes and Montreal.


Régal Auto (France)

Jean Régal founded Moteurs et Carrosserie Régal in Rennes, France in 1929. They developed motors and did coachwork for many brands and marque. Jean’s dream was always to build his own cars, but developing a complete car platform was a daunting task.

After World War II, Jean-Philippe Régal, then only 18 years old, took over his father’s shop after his dad died during the invasion. It was a rocky start, but was able to acquire an abandoned warehouse and factory and officially founded Régal Auto in 1947. With many automotive-related companies out of business, he was able to recruit enough staff to build a first complete vehicle and achieve his father’s dream.

Specialized in small and simple vehicles for everyday families, Régal started building a reputation of reliability and care. Since 1990, it has become known for its executive and small performance vehicles.

Angus Automobile (Canada)

On the other side of the pond, Richard B. Angus, co-founder and vice president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, established the CPR Angus Shops in the heart of Montreal in 1904. The Shops were tasked to manufacture railway cars and locomotives for the Canadian Pacific Railway before it started producing land lease Valentine tanks for the Soviet Union during WWII.

The success of this manufacturing endeavor continued after WWII when the Angus marque was created as a subsidiary of the CPR for the production of military vehicles and consumer adaptations for the canadian market in 1946. The HQ was etablished in the CPR Angus Shops.

After the commercial successes of its ¾ ton truck and their flathead 6 motors, as well as other utility and passenger vehicles, Williams Forest “Willie” Angus took full control of the company and broke off from the CPR umbrella in 1949 under the name Angus Automobile. Unfortunately, he fell ill not long after and his son, James Angus, took over. Willie died in 1951.

For the next decades, Angus Automobile slowly expanded to more passenger vehicles and muscle cars, while retaining its core commercial vehicle market.

Octane Racing (Canada)

Meanwhile, on the west side of Montreal, Octane Racing was founded in 1959 in Westmount by two italian brothers and a german investor. They started importing Italian performance cars to Montreal to tune and race them. They then expanded to importing european-built body-in-white in an attempt to build full-fledge performance cars.

This change of business strategy required Octane to become a car manufacturer and not simply an importer or badge engineer. Out of luck, they had to wait until 1970 to find a solution.

Automobile Angus approached them as they were looking for a performance badge. After months of discussion, Octane and Angus allied themselves to manufacture the new Octane cars, but also to develop performance versions of Angus passenger vehicles that now extended well beyond the utility market.

Octane and Angus merged in 1973, with James Angus retaining the majority of shares. Octane Racing officially became a performance “Octane” badge for Angus Automobile and developed their own sports lineup as a standalone marque, “Octane Racing”.

Northstar (Canada-France)

In the mid-70s, Angus saw a need to expand to the luxury market. However, most of its expertise lied in the performance or utility market, with only some attempts for the more luxurious clientele. The larger platform and more comfortable ride required for that segment was an expensive pivot for Angus.

In 1976, James Angus and Jean-Philippe Régal met at the Salon de l’automobile in Paris and developed a great rapport. Angus entered talks with Régal looking to find a partner to share platforms, motors and expertise. At that time, Régal Auto had released a few upmarket models, but were not able to get a foot in the luxury market. In 1978, Angus Automobile and Régal Auto entered into a joint venture and founded the Northstar marque. It would start to produce high end and luxury cars for both side of the pond and shared the Régal Auto HQ and facilities.

Groupe Régal (Canada-France)

In 1985, it was apparent that Angus Automobile was in trouble. Since the oil crisis, Angus engineers were unwilling and unable to develop more efficient and smaller engines. Their passenger vehicle market share dropped significantly, while they barely stayed afloat with their commercial division. Jean-Philippe Régal saw an opportunity, and after a failed hostile takeover in 1986, Angus and Régal decided to merge and form Groupe Régal in 1988, out of necessity.

The corporate HQ would remain in Rennes, France and it absorbed most of Angus operations, but the Angus Automobile marque would be repurposed as commercial-only and keep its R&D facilities and factories in Montreal, Canada. Octane Racing and Northstar would integrate the Groupe Régal umbrella as well, but remain largely unchanged in terms of operations.



I will most likely not be posting sequential builds, so they will be out of order. The listing above will be in chronological order. As a first attempt, I might heavily rearrange things until I find an appropriate template. Also, I am quite new to Automation, only playing for about 2-3 months and only recently actually attempting to do realistic designs. Comments and feedback are more than welcome, I want to get better.

1 Like

1946-1968 Angus 3/4 ton Truck

Introduced after the war, this 3/4 ton truck is powered by a reliable 230 flathead 6 used initially by the military. The engine provides 100 hp at 3400 rpm and 190 ft-lb of torque at 1500 rpm.This commercialized version also retains most of its feature except the amphibious capabilities. It can be used as much as an offroad vehicle than a utility pick up. Not many customizations are available, but it comes standard with an offroad skid tray. In early 1950, the 251 series of flathead 6 was introduced, as well as a general facelift.

1946 model pictured

Technical Specifications

Engine: Flathead Inline 6 - 230 cid
Power: 100 hp @ 3400 rpm
Torque: 190 ft-lb @1500 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed Manual, 4x4, manual lock, 4.94 final drive
Maximum Speed: 119 km/h
Tires: Cross Ply Offroad, P14595C15 107L
Brakes: Drums (front and rear)
Clearance: 402mm
Weight: 1328kg
Load Capacity: 673kg, 0.75 US ton

1962-1972 Angus Automobile Appalache

Contest thread (underway): [PDC] Political Design Challenge Round 13: Road to El Dorado (closed) - #19 by karhgath

The Appalache is the mid-sized all purpose offroad SUV offered by Angus Automobile. The 1962 ML model brings a lot of military-based improvement to the lineup, including a full aluminium body.

1962 ML model pictured

Technical Specifications

Restricted access (waiting for the end of the contest)

1975-1988 Angus Automobile Verdun

Contest thread: NASCAR and Le Mans-1976 - #39 by karhgath

The Verdun was the smaller pony car attempt by Angus Automobile. It already had the larger Vagabond muscle car on the market, and needed a smaller, more affordable model. The Verdun came late to the game, had multiple delays in development, but was quite quick and agile, and not too costly. However, the base V8 model tended to heavily oversteer and was smaller than the competition, which did play against it. It took the R/T trim and competitive models, plus NASCAR homologation, to really put the Verdun on the map.

The Octane R/T Cup version raced by Team Octane is the most famous one, having been invited to run the Le Mans race in 1976 as a cup car.

1975 Verdun V8 model pictured

1976 Verdun Octane R/T Cup model pictured

Technical Specifications

Octane R/T Cup

Engine: V8 Pushrod 354 cid (5.8L)
Power: 329 hp @ 4700 rpm
Torque: 380 ft-lb @ 4300 rpm
0-100 km/h: 6.18 seconds
1/4 Mile: 14.10s
La Sarthe Lap Time: 4:28.28
Transmission: 4-speed Manual, RWD, open diff, 2.54 final drive
Maximum Speed: 288 km/h
Tires: Radial semi slicks, P205/50R16 88Y (front), P235/45R16 91Y (rear)
Brakes: Solid disk 2 pistons (front), Solid disk 1 piston (rear)
Clearance: 236mm
Weight: 1228kg

1 Like

2018- Octane Racing XT Series

Contest thread (underway): 10s Supercar (RESULTS) - #21 by karhgath (closed - WINNER)

The XT series is the all-new supercar from Octane Racing powered by state of the art V12s. The GT model is built without compromise - performance and comfort are in perfect harmony with the aspirated V12 and the active wings. The more extreme RS “Green Hell” edition was forged to achieve one thing only - beat all competition on the Nordschleife.

2018 XT640 GT model pictured

2018 XT980 RS “Green Hell” model pictured

XT640 GT Technical Specifications

Chassis: Aluminium Semi Space Frame - Carbon Fibers Panels
Engine: Aspirated V12 DOHC 24v VVT (5.8L) - Magnesium Block, AlSi Head

Power: 642 hp @ 8200 rpm
Torque: 492 ft-lb @ 5700 rpm
0-100 km/h: 2.5 seconds
1/4 Mile: 10.27s
Nordschleife Lap Time: 7:12.07
Transmission: 7-speed DCT, AWD (30/70), ELSD, 3.78 final drive
Maximum Speed: 356 km/h
Wheels: Radial Sports Tires, Carbon Fiber, P245/45R17 98(Y) (front), P270/40R17 100(Y) (rear)
Brakes: Carbon Ceramic 2 pistons (both)
Aero: Downforce undertray, Active Wing, Stabilizing Winglets
Interior: All Luxury with HUD
Seats: 2
Driving Aids: Electric (V) Power Steering, ESC+LC,
Suspension: Active Comfort, Semi-Active Dampers, Passive Sway Bars
Clearance: 161mm
Weight: 1418kg

XT980 RS Technical Specifications

Chassis: Aluminium Semi Space Frame - Carbon Fibers Panels
Engine: Twin-Turbo V12 DOHC 24v (5.8L) - Magnesium Block, AlSi Head

Power: 986 hp @ 7100 rpm
Torque: >800 ft-lb @ 3700-6200 rpm
0-100 km/h: 2.1 seconds
1/4 Mile: 9.06s
Nordschleife Lap Time: 6:40.41
Transmission: 7-speed DCT, AWD (24/76), ELSD, 3.07 final drive
Maximum Speed: 395 km/h
Wheels: Radial Semi Slicks, Carbon Fiber, P265/40R17 99(Y) (front), P335/35R17 104(Y) (rear)
Brakes: Carbon Ceramic 1 piston (both)
Aero: Downforce undertray, Fixed Wing, Stabilizing Winglets
Interior: Sports with Standard Infotainment
Seats: 2
Driving Aids: Electric (V) Power Steering, ESC+LC,
Suspension: Active Comfort, Semi-Active Dampers, Passive Sway Bars
Clearance: 161mm
Weight: 1385kg

1 Like

1968-1974 Angus Automobile Vagabond (Mk I)

The Vagabond was Angus first real, and quite late, foray into the muscle car category. This large midsized car continued the legacy started by the earlier performance model of Angus from 1955 to 1964 - the Sprint. The sales of the Sprint started to flutter in the early 1960s and the smaller, more agile car was getting eclipsed by the more muscular cars.

Armed with many different engine options, trims and two or 4 doors, the Vagabond was large, low and aggressive. It featured recessed headlights in front and full width tailights which was quite rare on the North American market and had its share of critics. While it was quite popular in Canada due to its competitive pricing, it did not do as well south of the border due to a lack of innovation setting it apart this late in the game. However, the Deluxe-based editions ended up being quite comfortable and popular compared to more basic trims.

Angus Vagabond 327 Coupe

The entry level coupe was armed with a 327 Mistassibi V8 producing over 350 gross horsepower* and 315 lb-ft of torque, a standard 3-speed transmission, large 14 inch tires, and power steering as standard accessory. Interior was lackluster with a rear bench and standard upholstery. While it packed a bit more power, it competed poorly against the Dominion Atlantic and its better equipped entry trims.

(* 255 net hp)

1968 Vagabond 327 Coupe in Champagne Silver pictured

Angus Vagabond 353 Sedan Deluxe

The deluxe sedan was much more powerful and luxurious. A 353 Mistassibi V8 producing over 410 gross horsepower* and 357 lb-ft of torque powered this muscle car. It included an upgraded 4-speed transmission, large 15 inch tires, hood scoop, power steering as standard accessory and stiffer suspensions. Interior was quite improved compared to entry level trims with all-leather upholstery and chrome/wood finishes. It did very well and was the most popular trim level. It also did extremely well in the USA.

(* 293 net hp)

1969 Vagabond 353 Sedan Deluxe in Autumn Bronze pictured

1975-1981 Angus Automobile Vagabond (Mk II)

The Vagabond Mark 2 was a complete rebuild of the previous Vagabond concept. Offered only as a Coupe, but with multiple convertible options, it was reinvented as a personal luxury performance car, banking on the earlier popular deluxe trims. The slimmer but longer 5.11m profile, combined with the now squared recessed headlights and classier front grill, made for a striking look. It retained its caved-in trunk and full width tail lights, but with integrated blinkers. It came in a more limited number of trims but many options. This move made it a class of its own.

Despite some delays, and the fact its engine now had to sport a catalytic converter for the US Market and focus slightly more on fuel economy due to the effects of the oil crisis, Angus delivered good performance with a slightly smaller Assomption V8 engine compared to the previous Mistassibi engine. It was the first time Angus offered very different models/motors between Canada and the USA. A Coupe, Soft Top and Hard Top options were offered, with a base 3-speed Automatic transmission, solid disk brake up front, standard radial tires and an all-leather interior with a 8-track included.

Angus Vagabond 305 Coupe (US)

The entry level coupe is powered by a 305 Assomption V8 producing 188hp and 237 lb-ft of torque, a 3-speed automatic transmission, large 14 inch tires, and power steering as standard accessory. It did not pack as much power as the competition, but the price, premium accessories and handling made it much more popular than its predecessor.

1975 Vagabond 305 Coupe in Corona Yellow pictured

Angus Vagabond 350 HT Sport (CA)

The HT Sport trim was the high performance hard top model offered on the Canadian-only market. This 350 Assomption V8 was specially tuned and used leaded gasoline without any catalytic converter, as it was still not a requirement in Canada. This allowed it to develop 310 hp and 366 lb-ft of torque with a dual 4 BBL carburettor under a factory shaker hood. It was equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission, 15 inch wheels, a very sporty interior with 4 sculpted seats, aluminium trims and leather all around, and also included a premium 8-track. It came with a detachable targa-style hard top and was the first card by Angus that came with a S-badge.

1977 Vagabond 350 HT Sport in Metallic Orange pictured


With 300 horsepower on tap, the '75 Vagabond 350 HT Sport would have been an outlier among personal luxury coupes of the era - it had enough power and performance to remain firmly in muscle car territory, at a time when the breed was shrinking at an alarming rate.

Yes, indeed, it is a Canadian market outlier. Angus will be stuck in the muscle-car trap for a while and unable to adapt properly post-oil crisis, especially on the more strict US market, still expanding effort in building Canadian-specific muscle-oriented models, precipitating its purchase by Régal in the 80s.

1982-85 Régal GT

The GT was a small SOTA performance car series from Régal, showcasing all the new technological advances of the 80s. It was made of limited production models made primarily to compete in various competitions in Europe. It could be equipped with a variety of power plants using different configurations, thanks to the I6 WhiteOak MEFI platform, a single overhead cam with 12 valves design.

1982 Régal GT 3500

The competition-designed 3.5L 192hp WhiteOak engine included highly restrictive airflow throughout. The GT 3500 using that power plant mounted it transversely in the middle. It had stringent muffling and capacity requirement, which resulted in such a unique combination.

The GT 3500 configuration came with 2 doors, 4 seats, a 5-speed manual transmission, with a brand new mechanically geared limited slip diff, smooth hydropneumatic suspension, vented brake disc up front and solid disk at the back, a luxurious all-leather and suede interior, a brand new top shelf cassette player, a Régal first steering wheel airbag with enhanced security features all around, and the quality you can expect from Régal.

OOC: This was made for a live racing challenge that I ended up not participating in, hence the weird engine. I will however expand the lineup as I quite like this little car.

1982 GT 3500 pictured