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"Age Solo is the performance car division of French auto manufacturer Age. Age Solo is renowned for their lightweight cars."
R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 (referring to Age Solo)


Âge (pronounced: Ah-dge, Japanese: アージュ) is a French car manufacturer which is known for its grip and easy handling in early games, first appearing in Rage Racer. Depending on the game, the manufacturer also competed under the brand Âge Solo (Japanese: アージュ・ソロ), their performance division, established in 1998. Age is founded by Louis Age, which made his first ever car in 1898 at a young age of 21 (he was born in 1877).

Âge is Ridge Racer's counterpart to Renault.

List of cars manufactured by Âge

Age solo logo

Logo of Âge Solo, the performance division of Âge Motors

Trivia

  • Ridge Racer Type 4's description of Âge Solo stated that it is actually Âge Motors' performance division, much like the real life Renault Sport being Renault's performance division.
  • The description of the Ultranova stated that Âge is the winner of 2004 Ridge State Grand Prix (listed as Ridge World Grand Prix), canonically making Âge the constructors' champions of Ridge Racer (PSP).
  • The wing logo used by Âge Solo might be a hint at their Special Machine having the angel car status in R4.
  • According to a NicoNico article about Ridge Racer, Louis Âge is also the founder of Real Racing Roots. This is an allusion to motorsports actually starting in France (the Paris-Rouen race) then eventually, the rest of the world, although the Paris-Rouen race actually took place in 1894 and the first Real Racing Roots season started in 1949.
  • It is implied that based on the manufacturing of the first Âge vehicle in 1898, Louis Âge may be likened to notable automotive inventors and innovators such as Karl Benz or Henry Ford, although as compared to actual history, the first ever car was made twelve years prior (in 1886) and that assembly lines are yet to be realized until the early 1900s. Additionally, based on Ridge Racer lore, this would make Âge the oldest known brand in the series (no pun intended).
  • According to the description of the Âge Abeille in Ridge Racer 7, it is said that the average owner of any vehicle made by Âge is usually getting older, which is a pun on the brand's name.
  • As the Prophetie and Abeille use the same engine, a Kamata-sourced turbocharged straight-4 engine, this can imply that Âge is either owned by Kamata, or at the very least, with an alliance with them. Given that Âge is the closest thing to Renault in the Ridge Racer universe, the partnership between Kamata and Âge is very similar to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.
  • Âge has the most number of cars out of any other brand in the Ridge Racer series, at a number of 17 cars.
Manufacturers in Ridge Racer series
Active Âge · Assoluto · Danver · Gnade · Himmel · Kamata · Lucky & Wild · Sinseong · Soldat · Terrazi · Zihua
Defunct Lizard · Rivelta