I’ll be honest: I don’t know a hell of a lot about Final Fantasy XV, other than that it’s not released yet but it’s leaking everywhere, like my Depends after a brisk drink-and-jog. Really, I don’t even know all that much about the Final Fantasy series, even – I’m an old, old Atari kid. But I do know there’s an interesting car in the game, and with that we can do business.
This article originally ran in early November and is being republished for FFXV’s release.
The car is called the Regalia, and it appears to be the primary vehicle used throughout the game. From what I can gather, in the game’s universe, everything is set on an Earth-like world called Eos, and it’s basically like our Earth in terms of most technology and biology with the big exception that there’s magic and giant beasts and all that kind of stuff. So, like, you might see a dragon on the way to the ATM, I guess.
Anyway, back to the car. It appears that the characters you play in the game are royalty, so they need to have a suitably impressive vehicle. It’s very interesting to see what these video game designers came up with for the car. I’ve always loved fictional vehicles, and this one is remarkably well-realized. I think it’s worth a quick little design analysis to take a peek into this alternate reality of auto design.
It seems, based on this video, that the car is somewhat customized, and this woman with a ridiculously overdone Southern accent and an outfit that looks like she’s a mechanic-themed stripper seems to have been the mastermind behind the thing. At least, that’s what it seems like in this video:
Totally reasonable outfit for a mechanic. You want maximum arm coverage, while keeping the important breast/midriff/thighs part of your body exposed as much as possible. My own set of dirty-work overalls are cut the exact same way.
There’s no fictional technical specs given for the car, at least none I’ve found. If I had to guess, I’d say that long hood holds a V16 engine, and it’s RWD. Supercharged, too. Since I’m making everything up, I’m going to say it has throttle-body fuel injection with an absurd 8 throttle bodies, one per cylinder pair. And, um, a magneto.
The Regalia is interesting because it’s essentially a limousine-length four-door convertible. According to this article, the initial design was achieved via research into “Rolls-Royce luxury cars” and cars like the Cadillac Ciel concept and the Maybach Exelero are referenced as design influences, though I feel like there’s a major omission here.