Hello fellow automationers. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that even though I’ve been playing this game since 2018, I have only very recently discovered this forum. I’ve been relatively active on the automation subreddit so some of you may have seen my posts there.
I typically make my cars under 2 brands depending on what my inspiration for the cars are. “SMC” for the more European-style cars, often inspired by brands such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Renault etc., and “Akira” for the Asian-style inspired by Asian brands such as Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Kia/Hyundai and very recently, Lynk & Co/Geely. But I don’t follow this strictly, as some cars contradict how I decide to brand them. There’s also an occasional random brand for cars that don’t quite fit in with those.
To start off this design studio, we’ll be taking a look at 5 designs that were at some considered my favourite, from oldest to most recent. You’ve probably seen most of these on the subreddit already, or at least older versions that have since been improved upon.
The SMC Eterea GTS
This is one of my older designs, before I decided on branding, but I’m still super proud of it. It was meant to be a front engine V10 supercar inspired mainly by the Lexus LFA.
1998 SMC CT R
This one would’ve been an Akira, but I hadn’t come up with that brand when this was made. I tried to make a similar car that was supposed to be a competitor from Akira, but it just wasn’t as good.
The SMC Atrani GT
GT cars are my favourite style of car. The idea behind this one was to make a modern GT car that’s relatively affordable. It’ started off as my attempt to create something similar to the Ferrari Roma and Aston Martin Vanquish, but ended up looking more like a Supra.
The SMC Ultima
Since I started playing Automation, I’ve repeatedly tried making mid-engine supercars, but I was never quite good at them. This car, however, I thought was good enough to finally show off. It started off using the same design language as the Eterea but it didn’t quite work as a mid-engined supercar, so I made it distinct from that design, while still having similar cues. I don’t really know what I can say is the definite inspiration.
And something from Akira:
Akira Metro SR
The inspiration behind this one is quite obvious. I wanted to try something different with this car and it’s probably my favourite one since I started playing.
I’d love to know some of your thoughts on these designs. Compliments and critiques are all welcome. I won’t really be changing these designs, because most of them have been around for months (and one of them for over a year) and I’d rather start new stuff from scratch. But your thoughts on what I can improve on and what I already do well would be amazing!