Bark's Bites: Let's Play TTAC Fantasy Garage!
All across America, every Sunday (and Monday…and Thursday, I guess), men and women glue their eyes to television screens to watch the National Football League’s [s]latest public relations gaffe[/s] teams and players duel on the gridiron. However, the popularity of these games often has nothing to do with the teams playing or the cities/states they represent.
It’s all about Fantasy Football, man! That’s right, people who’ve never played or coached a single down of competitive football in their lives can live vicariously through the players that they picked for their weekly lineups. In fact, people often are faced with the dilemma of rooting against their favorite teams so that they can get fantasy points.
So what if we could take the game that is responsible for the highest rated show on television and make it all about what we care about—cars? Of COURSE we can!
The way many fantasy leagues work is that they have a dollar amount assigned to each player, and teams can only spend up to the pre-determined “salary cap” for their league. For example, you might really want Peyton Manning, but your team salary cap is $100M and Manning would count $25M, so it might behoove you to choose Russell Wilson, who only counts $600K against the cap.
So let’s play Fantasy Garage! The average price of a new car in the United States is $32K, so we’ll use that as our number for figuring out our salary cap—nine classifications x $32K=$288,000. Use MSRP, not market pricing. We’ll use market segment classifications, and you’ll need to pick a car for each classification without going over the cap to create the “best” garage you can. You must pick a car that can be bought new for the 2014 or 2015 model years.
The classifications are (examples in parentheses):
Two-seater sports car (MX-5, Boxster, F-Type, Z4, Corvette)
Four-seater sports/pony car (Camaro, Mustang, Challenger)
Subcompact (B segment—Fiesta, Fit, Sonic, Versa)
Compact (C segment—Cruze, Focus, Civic, Sentra, 2 series)
Mid-size (D segment—Accord, Camry, Altima, 3 series)
Full-size (E segment—300, Taurus, Impala, A6)
Small CUV/SUV (CX-5, Escape, X3, Equinox)
Mid-size CUV/SUV (Grand Cherokee, Explorer, Highlander, Q7)
Pickup Truck (all sizes—Canyon, Silverado, F-150, RAM 1500, Tundra, Titan)
Here’s my version—see if you can beat me (it’s all subjective but I’m the final judge).
Two-seater: 2015 Mazda MX-5 sport ($24,765)
Four-seater: 2015 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack ($35,420)
Sub-compact: 2015 Ford Fiesta ST w/Recaro package ($23,235)
Compact: 2015 VW Golf GTI Autobahn ($30,415)
Mid-size: 2015 BMW 435i ($49,950)—or the 335i variety if you insist on playing by the rules.
Full-size: 2015 Chevrolet Impala 2LT ($31,110)
Small SUV/CUV: 2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD ($26,215)
Midsize SUV/CUV: 2014 Ford Flex SEL AWD ($32,495)
Pickup Truck: 2015 GMC Canyon SLE All-Terrain Package ($33,195)
Did it! My Salary Cap number is $286,800, giving me $1200 of room to spare in case my Fiesta transmission blows.
All right, now it’s your turn—quibble with my picks and make your own. Remember, pick one car for every category, and you cannot go over $288,000. Go!
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