It’s 1975. The muscle car is but a distant memory. Fuel crises, war, recession… times are tough. People are cutting back. Still, the engineers at Mayflower Automotive seem to have missed the memo. They’re still pushing executives to make 455 cubic inch (7.4-liter) V8 symbols of power, pride, and glory. On a particularly frigid winter’s morning, they roll out a new prototype for testing. Nicknamed the “Turbohawk”, it’s everything a muscle car lover could dream of. BIG engine, BIG meaty tires, all brawn, no bull.
The first series of tests seem to go well! Preliminary estimates show the car capable of high 13-second 1/4 mile times, putting down 330 horsepower (246kw) and 455 ft/lbs of torque (617nm) to the rear wheels. One of the engineers is spotted by an executive while on a lunch break. “So what’s new?”, the exec asked. The engineer gleefully talked about how fast it is, how great it looks, how… “Yes, but what about fuel economy?”
Needless to say management was NOT happy when they got the call. Several “meetings” (more like verbal assaults) later, you and the engineering team have been given a new task. Modify the Turbohawk to make it production ready for the next auto show.
Your job, as dictated by management:
[ul]] Increase fuel economy to at least 14 mpg (US), or 16.8 l/100k or better./:m]
] Modify the engine to accept REGULAR UNLEADED fuel/:m]
] Add a catalytic converter/:m]
] Increase safety to 45.0 or better/:m][/ul]
[ul]] NOTHING on the model tab can be changed (except the color )/:m]
] The ENGINE FAMILY cannot be modified, but you can modify everything else in the engine tab, as needed (including the quality sliders, but no higher than +9)/:m]
] Engine emissions must be LESS than 1776, (because 'Murica ) /:m]
] The following trim tab options are LOCKED: Gear Spacing and Seats - everything else is fair game (including the quality sliders, but no higher than +7, not less than -7)/:m][/ul]
Your personal goals, to show management how good you are:
[ul]] Maintain the prototype’s tameness of 19.0 (or better)/:m]
] Maintain a “14-second 1/4 mile” as shown in the IN-GAME STAT (so anything between 14.00-14.99 is acceptable)/:m]
] Maintain the prototype’s sportiness of 14.7 (or better)/:m]
] Keep total cost under $12,000/:m][/ul]
**NOTE: Your job and your constraints are REQUIRED. **
Your personal goals are optional - It all depends on how motivated you are to show your boss and potential customers that they don’t need to sacrifice fun for the sake of clean air.
[size=75]PS: files included: Mayflower Turbohawk (model), PIF challenge (trim), Buick Big Block (family), 455 Stage I (variant)[/size]
Mayflower Turbohawk.zip (18.4 KB)