Jeremy, Clark’s Son, is trying to convince his dad that since he is old enough to drive and has both schooling and work commitments, that he should be able to have his own car. After much back and forth, his father agrees and says he will pay half, and he will cover the other half. But he doesn’t want just anything, he wants a classic hot hatch!
The car must:
- be up to a maximum of 2.5m rounded (2.54) wheelbase
- be a 3 or 5 door hatchback according to Automation
- be between 1973 and 1979 for the car model & engine family year
- be 1979 for the car trim & engine variant year
- be either FWD or RWD (No 4X4)
54 full seats in the car - Seat count minimum decreased
- have all the road legal exterior fixtures (headlights, taillights, indicators, mirrors, wipers, etc.)
- have a
catalytic converter andat least one muffler of any type - Cat no longer required
- have the techpool set to it’s default values (+5 across the board)
- have quality sliders limited to a range of -3 to +3
- not be more than a maximum of 10,000$AM in Approximate Cost
- not have any parts that are deemed race parts (race intake/exhaust, semi slick tires, etc.)
- not be a body from the Legacy Bodies Mod
91 RON/87 AKI - 95 RON/91 AKI98 Leaded fuel - Fuel type changed
Failure to adhere to these rules will result in the car being banned. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
The car may (within reason):
- be powered by any engine layout
- be carbureted or fuel injected
- be naturally aspirated or turbocharged
- be front or rear engined
- be a convertible if so desired
- be from any real or Automation equivalent region
‘Within reason’ here means that you can experiment but these will be cars that are based off of commuter cars. If you can be convincing enough to say that “Yes, my hot hatch could totally have a V16 from factory and fully handmade interior” you can attempt that, but if I am not convinced it will not fly
The naming scheme for the vehicles will be that the Car Model and Engine Family name must be “QFC29 - (your forum name)” and the Car Trim and Engine Variant names are free to be as you wish.
Cost: Since he is still in high school, and therefore isn’t earning a ton of money, he’s looking for a bargain. The more car for less money, the better
Drivability: Having only had his license for a year now, his perception of his driving abilities pale in comparison to what they actually are
Sportiness: The essence of the hot hatch, a smaller, ‘normal’ car that can go toe to toe with sports cars, grand tourers, and the like
Appearance: While these are based on more mundane commuter cars, hot hatches have a certain vibe or presence to those who are in the know
Reliability: Even though it is meant to be a sports car in a communter car body, it still needs to be reliable as the commuter car it’s based on
Service Costs/Fuel Economy: This car is going to be driven almost daily, and as such any running costs that occur would be preferred to be lower
Comfort: Nothing ruins the fun of a car faster than dreading spending time inside said car. He’s not expecting the lap of luxury however
Safety: While he believes he is nigh invincible, his father knows otherwise. So anything to help his boy to live to be a man will help
Practicality: Added to give incentive for making cars with 5 seats over 4, will probably only be used as a tie breaker more than anything
Rather than a whole bunch of pics, I’ll add a link that have done the legwork for me, and you may look for further inspiration beyond that.
I will leave rule deliberation until Thursday the 24th of August, 11:59 UTC, and then the car submissions deadline will be until the Thursday after, on the 31st of August, 11:59 UTC
I’m hoping that everyone will be as excited about these cars as I am. I know it does seem quite similar to the TMCC I hosted but three decades older, but hopefully that age difference is enough to give a different feel of sporty economy cars to what the 2000s offered. It’s a little bit more restrictive in some regards so we’ll see how it plays out.
Also, I am on the fence about the allowance of twin scroll turbos which are available for 1979 in Automation with the +5 techpool, but I cannot seem to find any documentation as to their first introduction. Any insight into if it is fair to have allowed or not would be appreciated.
And finally, good luck and don’t die