The Akare Skykord was Akare's first production vehicle and flagship luxury sedan. The first generation was produced in 1966 and has spanned 3 generations thus far, with the third still in prototype stage.
|Powerplant||Thruster, simulated 3L L6, 200bhp|
|Drivetrain||4 Speed thruster gearbox|
The first generation Skykord was put into production in 1966 (2007) as a large, luxury sedan. It was a massive car and exceptionally advanced for its time, utilizing early Wiremod's logic gates for a "geared" thruster transmission to provide a realistic acceleration and top speed (for the time). The car was set up to simulate the performance of a 3 liter inline six providing around 200 bhp. The car could reach 70 mph, a high speed for this era. The Skykord was comprised of all-physical vanilla props with a weld-based solid axle suspension. Steering was performed by thrusters, the front wheels did not actually steer.
|Production, Lore||1970, 2014
|Suspension/Chassis||4 wheel independent, onboard slave steering|
|Powerplant||4.8L L6, 316 bhp (Restored)|
|Drivetrain||4 speed manual (Restored)|
|Top Speed||110mph (Restored)|
In 1970 (2008) the Skykord was changed to a luxury coupe and not offered as a sedan. The car was a completely new design of chassis and propulsion, it was Akare's first ever vehicle that featured elastic wishbone suspension with steering. It was also changed from pure thruster power to a hybrid between wheel torque and a thruster gearbox. However, the car was plagued by understeer and poor handling. After this generation the Skykord went into hiatus until its return in 2011 (2011).
In 2014, Akare restored a single example of an original Skykord Coupe, giving it new life with the addition of a 316bhp 4.8L inline six provided from acf mated to a 4 speed manual transmission. The original chassis, steering and suspension was retained while the body was completely parented, versus the completely physical previous version, and the addition of spherical wheels. This "new" Skykord could scramble to 60mph in less than 6 seconds and reach a top speed of 110mph.
|Layout||Front engine, AWD|
|Suspension/Chassis||4 wheel independent with geometry|
|Powerplant||9.2L V12 Diesel, 434bhp, 684 ft lb|
|Drivetrain||7 speed automatic|
After a hiatus from 1970, Akare picked up the Skykord name once again, this time returning as a luxury sedan. Due to other projects, the third generation's development was quite slow, with an inital bodywork model set up in early 2011, and a running prototype in 2014. The new Skykord featured a highly detailed body and interior, as well as a very complex suspension that inevitably not able to cope with Advanced Duplicator 2, so a complete redesign is under way. The new Skykord is powered by a 9.2L diesel V12, producing 434hp and 684 ft lb of torque coupled to a 7 speed automatic, AWD drivetrain. The running prototype was able to achieve 60mph in under 3 seconds and a top speed of 140mph.