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The famous car that helped rebuild the French economy.
Citroën 2CV -
deux chevaux-vapeur - literally
two steam horses, the CV was a way of defining road tax based on engine power.
Design started before the war with various prototypes completed. The car had to be light, economical and easy to produce. One special requirement set by the President of Michelin was that
a farmer should be able to drive across a freshly ploughed field with a basket full of eggs, without breaking a single one.
Between 1948 and 1990 9 million cars of all variants were produced at various factories. Most were produced in Europa (including Slovenia) but multiple factories produced them in South America.
The cars became famous for their fantastic smooth ride and infamous for their incredible rolling tendency. Contrary to popular belief the cars also had very impressive roadholding, being understeered at default but able to corner at high speeds without losing most of its grip. The chief designer, André Lefèbvre, was a suspensions specialist for racing cars.
The level of technology was high for 1948. The car used front wheel drive while rear wheel drive was still the norm for 95% of the production cars that year. It was powered by an aircooled two-cylinder flat (boxer) engine with only 375cc, which grew over the years to eventually 602cc.
The chassis was a rolling one, meaning the entire bodywork could be removed with less than 20 bolts, leaving the engine, gearbox, brakes, fuel tank, exhaust and suspension/wheels mounted on the chassis. You can literally bolt a chair on the chassis and drive away.
A fantastic feature was the canvas roof that could be rolled back, on every version. Also the rear bench could be unlocked, removed and carried out by one person in seconds. Great for picnics!
My car has most of the design principles of the original. It’s based on a chassis though simplified. Like the original, the entire bodywork can be removed and replaced with something else. A single cubic strut just above the jet engine is what keeps the complete body in place, together with four struts in the rear. See the album for a few pictures.
Propulsion: it has the jet engine in front and only the front electric motors are enabled. Having driven a real 2CV I know the handling and as such I’ve tuned the friction, spring and damper settings to as close as real as possible. The jet engine is set at 30% power, if you want to have some fun, just set it to full. A boost flap is present. And I’ve left the
canvas roof open.
A car with solar panels all around and you give it a jet engine … very logical, Azimech!
Yeah … you know me … don’t like electric cars in KSP - way too slow. Until piston engines are a thing, I’ll use jets in every car I build or get my hands on.
The wheels stick through the fenders at high speed! Lousy!
Don’t blame me, we need smaller stock wheels.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.0.
- Type: SPH
- Class: rover
- Part Count: 168
- Pure Stock
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