(Skip to the bottom if you don't want to read a rather long backstory)
The Wendover 4000R is a trim level that had a highly modified 3.8 Liter V6 engine bored out to 4.0 Liters, could handle an astronomical amount of boost via a supercharger or turbo, and was able to safely rev all the way up to 10,000RPM. The 4000R is by far the most sought-after trim level of the Wendover, however, it is rather hard to find one. But not because of rarity. Technically there were thousands upon thousands of 4000R's produced. No, the reason why they were so hard to come by, was because none of them were branded as 4000R's.
The 4000R was originally a concept idea by Soliad as they developed the Wendover, and the basic idea would be that it was a Track-Ready but still Road-Legal version of the Wendover. Similar to Gavril's old 70s 'Tracksport' Barstow. Hence the name '4000R', the letter R standing for Race.
However, Bruckell decided to scrap the idea thinking nobody buying a luxury coupe would choose such an option. Though Soliad still wanted to sell the Wendover with the highly customized V6. So, with Bruckell reluctantly agreeing, they tried something that no other manufacturer had ever done before. A chance system.
What they did, was that for every trim level aside from the V8 models, they would at complete random throw in the modified V6 and a better radiator depending on the trim. However, it would still be packaged as whatever trim level it was originally supposed to be. Such as 'S 3800'. Nothing else was changed to the trim. Not even suspension.
This meant that if you bought any non-V8 model between 1987 and 1991, you had a chance of getting a racing V6 powerhouse making over 200 horsepower even for the 3300 trim. Because the V6 would receive minor upgrades depending on the trim it was thrown in, like a better intake system and a supercharger for higher trims. This brought in major sales for the Wendover by people who were in love with the idea of possibly paying cheap for a very fast car if they got lucky, which surprised and impressed both Bruckell and Soliad alike. Even Ibishu and Gavril took notice of the stunt.
The craziest part of the whole thing was that you literally could not tell the difference between the Racing V6 and a normal 3.8L V6 just by looking at it or even listening. Because Soliad purposefully left the stock 6000RPM rev limiter on, and the racing V6 sounded exactly like a regular one below that range. This meant that in order to find out if you had the racing V6, you had to dyno test it. If the V6 made the most HP right at redline, then you had the racing V6. And it was safe to push it to 10K RPM.
People buying the Wendover to try for the V6 were expecting a highway monster but were pleasantly surprised to find how good of a chassis it was to work on and drive. Hence why it hasn't disappeared into bitter obscurity and you still see plenty of modified ones today.
Despite the popularity, bone stock Wendovers with the 4000R engine from the factory are still out there today. And they could be driven by almost anyone. From your local high schooler with the family car to the 63-year-old woman who just drives to and from church every day.
Although the racing V6 is still sold by Bruckell to this day as a kit for both the LeGran and Wendover respectively, original 4000R Wendovers are still heavily sought after. The simple disguise that the 4000R has is just that good. Some may argue the 4000R's idea is what put the Wendover on the map. And they probably aren't wrong. Just the idea of the stunt Soliad pulled really is something to respect.
And who knows. That old Wendover 3300 that's been sitting in your grandma's shed for five years with a three-speed automatic and FWD may just be a 200 horsepower tire frier just waiting to be unleashed.
This is my first uploaded mod for beam, and I must say it was actually pretty fun tinkering with the Wendover's files and coming up with this backstory. I might even add an actual 4000R skin if I get it to work.
Now here is what this mod adds.
- Several Configs
- A 4.0 Liter Racing V6 that can rev to 10K RPM with the race ECU
- Front and rear suspension that has extended track width options and drift steering
- An ultra high performance radiator
- 4000R Race ECU
It's a rather simple mod and I will be updating it if I get any ideas. It's quite fun playing with the files and I hope to release more soon. Suggestions and criticism are appreciated.
Alpha Soliad Wendover 4000R 1.2
"To get one of these is like winning a lottery"