The Idol's Ride
A one-off challenge.
Sotenbori, Osaka, Japan, 2022.
After experiencing rapid growth throughout 2020 and 2021, Open Corp, a talent management agency, has decided to replace their fleet of old and decrepit vans with new people carriers.
Given their enormous success over the past year, Open Corp. is willing to splurge a little on their corporate transports. They want a large, comfortable, and luxurious MPV that can transport their staff and talents discreetly, as well as their guests. In addition, the vans need to look good both inside and out (they’re spending a lot on each one, after all), projecting its presence on the road without attracting the wrong kind of attention.
- Model year ≤2020
- Trim year 2020
- Max Price: $65000
- Max trim ET: 160
- Minimum wheelbase (rounded to the nearest 0.1m): 3.0m
- No semi slick tyres
- Must be an MPV
- Must have 7 seats
- Tyre sizes must end in “5” (e.g. “215”)
- An interior is required and will be judged in much the same way as the exterior.
- The interior must have 2 first row seats, 2 second row seats, and +3 third row seats
- Techpool must be 0
- Family year ≤2020
- Variant year 2020
- Max engine ET: 160
- Maximum loudness: 35
- At least one muffler required
- Catalytic converter required
- Unleaded fuel only
- 95 RON/91 AKI fuel required
- Intercoolers are required for turbocharged engines
- No V16s
- No race parts
- Techpool must be 0
- Model/engine family name: TIR-(your forum username)
- Trim name: name of your car
- Variant name: name of your engine
- A forum post/advert with pictures of the car and brief info on design/engineering/lore is required.
Buick GL8 (别克GL8)
Buick GL8 Century (别克GL8世纪)
Hongqi HM9 (红旗HM9)
Trumpchi M8 (传祺M8)
Voyah Dreamer (岚图梦想家)
Denza D9 (腾势D9)
Honda Elysion (old but still somewhat relevant)
I encourage you all to do some further research so you can get the exterior/interior design and engineering right. The Chinese names of some of the cars are provided for your convenience.
2002 Toyota Alphard promotional video in JAPAN トヨタ アルファード(10系) ビデオカタログ - YouTube
2008 Toyota Alphard promotional video in JAPAN トヨタ アルファード(20系) ビデオカタログ - YouTube
ホンダ エリシオン ビデオカタログ 2004 Honda Elysion promotional video in JAPAN - YouTube
2002 Nissan Elgrand promotional video in JAPAN 日産 エルグランド(E51) ビデオカタログ - YouTube
As with any company, appearances are important. Open Corp. well-proportioned and cohesive design that is pleasing to the eye, a car that would leave a lasting impression or at least show others on the road who’s boss. Same goes for the interior. Much like food, you feast with your eyes first.
If it doesn’t make sense, then don’t do it. Excessive quality slider usage will be seen as minmax. Do your research and if you are not sure about something, ask.
Open Corp. wants their MPVs to be plush and comfortable, both to please clients/guests and to make trips to the concert halls/studios more relaxing for the company’s talents. Rough rides in this segment and price point will not be tolerated.
It’s an MPV, a rabbit’s monkey should be able to drive it without issue.
What good is a well-engineered car if its advertising campaign is lackluster? A good ad would certainly help tip the scales to your favour.
The vans will carry people important to the company so their safety is paramount.
The MPVs will work hard carrying passengers throughout its five year lifespan so good reliability will be appreciated.
Every drop of gas saved means less overhead, which is good.
It’s not a sports car, but it should still handle well and have an ample reserve of power for when necessary.
The vans will be used more to carry people than things, but the van should at least be able to carry some luggage.
Lower is better.
Value for money is important as always.
Submissions will open on Saturday, 17th September at 0.00 WIB (UTC+7). The rules will be open to deliberation and subject to change until then.
Submissions will close on Monday, 17th October at 0.00 WIB (UTC+7).
Due to the unstable state of 4.2, resubmissions will be allowed should there be an update that tampers with the cars’ stats. If no such updates happen, however, there will be no resubmissions.
Good luck and have fun!