The first Australian car on the repository...
Beaufort Kite is a product of a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Beaufort and Ibishu. It is, essentially, a rebadged 1988 MY Pessima. The differences were small exterior design changes, orange gauge lighting instead of blue and trims. Kite was available in four trim levels:
L- base trim level with 1.8 engine
SL- middle trim level with 2.0 engine
SLX- middle trim level with 2.0 engine and AWD, also Alder Basketweave rims and brown interior
SLR- high trim level with tuned 2.0 engine, alloy wheels, sports supension, spoiler and red interior
Clockwise: SLR, SLX, L, SL
This was a small side project intended to be completed in a week, but due to some texturing issues, the completion time stretched to almost 3 weeks!
It is inspired by Holden Apollo.
The name origin
I searched Vehicle Suggestions a lot, but couldn't find any suitable brand name (I was surprised on how seldom were Australian cars suggested). So, I decided to use Beaufort, a fictional brand I created earlier. Since most companies founded between 1880 and 1920 used their founder's surname as name, I used a name generator based on early 20th century census and got Beaufort. The logo depicts a stylized version of The Beauforts' coat of arms (both Beaufort family and their coat of arms are fictional. No identification with real persons, living or dead, should be inferred). The 'Kite' name just popped into my mind when I was making this car. (At first I wanted it to be named after kite as a toy aircraft, but later I noticed the resemblance to the name of a real Australian car - Falcon - and decided that it's named after kite as a bird)
Known problems: it doesn't support skins well, will fix it later
BeamNG- jbeam, 3D models of exterior, textures
Djplopper- 3D models of RHD interior (I have his permission)
Me- model and texture editing, lettering textures
Nadeox1- help with normal maps
Feel free to ask for permission to use the Beaufort name on your mods.
1988-1991 Beaufort Kite 2.0
A badge-engineered Ibishu Pessima for Australian market