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[Wikispeed] Tiny startup WIKISPEED introduces ‘modular’ car made in Hillsdale

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Saying it offers something “new to the auto industry, WIKISPEED, the tiny automotive startup based in Hillsdale, introduced its lightweight and highly efficient prototype SGT02 this morning at the North American International Auto Show.

Joe Justice, project director and founder of Wikispeed, said the company is ready to start selling its cars in kit form for $28,886. If 250 pre-orders are received in 2011, customers will be credited with rebates bringing the price down to $17,995, Justice said.
I recently heard about this company from buddy of mine. They are using software development concepts from Scrum and Agile to manufacture a modular car. It is extremely light weight, street legal, and fuel efficient car. It is tested to get over 100mpg, and it's not an EV. This is big news

Here is an interesting video with the founder http://www.whatireadatlunch.com/2011...d-seattle.html
    
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Awesome. Very awesome.
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I wouldn't invest a dollar till this thing is 100% legit...

I doubt this start up company made every part, surely not...

That takes a HUGE amount of resources, therefore they had to have gotten permission from the MFGs to use every part...

The only thing running through my mind is this is BS!

But that's just me..
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I wouldn't invest a dollar till this thing is 100% legit...
From what I heard, it is very legit. They are going to offer 250 initial very soon @ $28,000, and drop the price (to $18,000 they hope) after they see initial interest. You can pre-order right now. It is not an investment.
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I wonder how much physical testing they've done on the prototypes and how much has been computer simulation up to this point. When he showed the finite element analysis of the frame to side impact, he mentions that the frame spreads the load well out from the point of impact over the whole structure, but the frame looked like an early design rather than something highly optimized.

The way he describes their method of design for a complex product like a car sounds amazing.
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This is one of those things that I'd really have to see some crash tests on first. Like real world ones.

But I like where they are going with this in trying to make a very practical vehicle.
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I wonder if it will come with a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty...
    
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I wouldn't invest a dollar till this thing is 100% legit...

I doubt this start up company made every part, surely not...

That takes a HUGE amount of resources, therefore they had to have gotten permission from the MFGs to use every part...

The only thing running through my mind is this is BS!

But that's just me..
If this is all the research that you did into this company, you'd be right to wait........ but , that's why you're not Warren Buffet...........

as they say around here.........."scared money doesn't make any money...."
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I hope rich people blow some money on this. For some people, this is pocket change.
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I recently heard about this company from buddy of mine. They are using software development concepts from Scrum and Agile to manufacture a modular car. It is extremely light weight, street legal, and fuel efficient car. It is tested to get over 100mpg, and it's not an EV. This is big news

Here is an interesting video with the founder http://www.whatireadatlunch.com/2011...d-seattle.html
lol at using Scrum and Agile. For those unaware those are methods for going about the development. I just find it funny that they have adapted it to develop a car since I'm a programmer.

Had to double check that it was Hillsdale, Michigan though just in case. Kit cars so its like getting a really fancy car minus everything you expect in a car. Bascially the bare essentials. Cool stuff but I'd rather have a Ford Fiesta ECOnetic from the UK that gets about 70 mpg (yes it is really mpg and no they don't sell them in the US because "diesel doesn't sell in the US") with more comfort. Hopefully this project works out for them though.
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