Open source car

Energy & Sustainability
Open source car

Cmmn
Core77 has a bit about the open source car has been making the rounds on the web over the last week, c,mm,n showed off the world’s first open-source car, at the Amsterdam car show AutoRAI. Apparantly the schematics and drawings are available online, but I couldn’t find them (post in the comments if you do…) – [via] Link.

Related:
OScar – Link.

From the page of MAKE:
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The Open Source Car: A Design Brief. The time is right for a true people’s hybrid vehicle. The web is peppered with how-to sites for converting your old car into an electric vehicle, but why not develop SourceForge-style documentation for an open source hybrid? MAKE 01 – page 46. Subscribers–read this article now in your digital edition or get MAKE 01 @ the Maker store.

8 thoughts on “Open source car

  1. charliex says:

    according to the forum they’re still working on the docs and models, and aren’t ready with the open source aspect yet.

    check out OScar too

    http://www.theoscarproject.org/index.php

  2. BrK says:

    Interesting idea, but coming from some experience in the auto industry I just don’t see how this will ever go anywhere (pun intended).

    An “open source” car is just so beyond the capabilities and desire of 99+% of the populace.

  3. Mattyfu says:

    Did they have to make it look like a penguin?

  4. hammerthumb says:

    BrK: When I took welding in high school we built a couple roadsters for customers – and we were just a bunch of goofball teenagers having fun making sparks. We started by building the frames then worked our way out. It’s pretty do-able when you have a knowledgeable person for guidance, shop, materials, and a parts car to get measurements and the difficult to fabricate bits from.

    My Suggestion? Let the kids conduct guided experiments with already existing (taxpayer funded) facilities. Make the students accurately document their findings and distribute the findings over the Internet. trebuchet03’s video on mixing polyester resin is an example of how documentation can be fairly painless and doesn’t have to be in book form.

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