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post #11 of 19
I don't believe most of what he said, his design doesn't look revolutionary at all. In most modern cars, the chassis is not where most of the extra weight comes from, it's the luxury stuff like power seats, a/c, sound proofing materials that contributes to the extra weight. The prototype shown in this video has none of that, that's why it's lighter than the current competition. For example, if you compare the Lotus Elise to the Lotus 2-Eleven, the Elise weights over 2000lbs, while the 2-Eleven weights only 1500lbs.

Also on the modular design, software can do that because you can just paste in code, but for a car you have to mount the suspension, engine and transmission in some way. Any changes to the chassis or engine will change the mounting, so everything will have to be changed.

He also mentioned 3D printing parts, that's not an efficient way to manufacture parts. It's great for prototyping like this, but he made it sound like you can actually efficiently produce parts this way, that's probably not the case. I wouldn't invest in this company at all, at most they will be like one of those niche sports car makers in UK.
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post #12 of 19
I'll believe it when I see it.

Also, is this going to be one of those cars with a top speed of 45mph?
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lol it uses nissan cima tail lights XD
post #14 of 19
Lol he claims all sorts of stuff with them and the Progressive Automotive X prize, but his car didn't even get past the shakedown stage.

I see tonnes of problems with his car, which just seem to show the basic engineering flaws with his design. The main one I thought of during the video is that despite him claiming the impact shocks are transmitted through the entire chassis, the place where the object is impacting is bright red on his screen capture, whilst the rest of the car is mainly bright green, implying that only the part where the object impacts is absorbing the load.

Cars such as the Polo Bluemotion would likely be far better than this - it gets 91mpg extra-urban and manages to keep much of the standard features associated with cars.
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He also mentioned 3D printing parts, that's not an efficient way to manufacture parts. It's great for prototyping like this, but he made it sound like you can actually efficiently produce parts this way, that's probably not the case. I wouldn't invest in this company at all, at most they will be like one of those niche sports car makers in UK.
Why'd you single out the UK? Those are everywhere...
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Just add 'Wiki' to things, all the cool kids do it.

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Kit car... so means needs assembly? I'm pretty sure that's why it's also so cheap. If you don't take into account putting everything together, it's a great price, but for most people it would probably take 30-100 hours to put everything together, which adds considerable cost. If I'm wrong correct me but their site isn't terribly informative.

Great concept though. I would definitely get one for the fun of putting it together if I had the money, but alas, I was not born a socialite with billionaire parents.
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I can't wait for the guys from Top Gear to have a show in these things!
    
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Why'd you single out the UK? Those are everywhere...
Our niche sports cars have achieved much more success than in other countries thanks to the lax Single Vehicle Approval rules.

Nobles, Caterhams, Ascaris, Ariels, the older Lotuses, all extremely fast cars around tracks that have been road licensed in the UK. Basically, ours duke it out with Ferraris and Paganis, and thanks to Top Gear get worldwide publicity as well.
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