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The Open Source Car is an automobile designed for transporting passengers.
Joe Justice and Team Wikispeed are awesome and we're planning a formal partnership!
The instructions for copying Team Wikispeed's SGT01 car design are currently being built. You can find them here Wikispeed_SGT01
Custom mini moke
A custom mini moke can be created for the purpose of creating a community of green mechanics which also organise races (on regular karting tracks). The mini moke design will form the "glue" to create this community due to the fact that unlike with regular karts, no trailer is needed to transport the racing vehicle (instead, the mini car can be driven itself to the track, and even also prove useful for day to day activities, meaning it isn't just an expense done for hobby purposes). The design would hence make the step towards engaging in this hobby smaller, and help convince more people into doing it.
Vélocar joined the OSE movement. Vélocar is now the official OSE microcar
The OS Car will be a lightweight and aerodynamic two passenger long range car that will be fueled with ethanol biodiesel. The current plan is for the car to have a reverse trike configuration: two front wheels and one rear wheel which is the only driven wheel. The two main benefits of the reverse trike design are lower cost and weight due to one less wheel, and lower wind drag due to the rain drop shape of the body. The construction of the car will be a steel space frame covered with non-structural polymer or composite panels. The proposed powertrain is a hybrid hydraulic system which includes a single cylinder engine that runs a hydraulic pump which directly powers a hydraulic wheel motor used to drive the car and which compresses a gas in an accumulator to store energy. Gas in the accumulator will also be compressed via regenerative braking when the hydraulic motor is run in reverse to slow the car down. Cost control and quick development will be maintained by using donor vehicle parts and off-the-shelf parts. Components that cannot be easily manufactured such as brake calipers, steering knuckles, and rims will be sourced from a donor vehicle and components such as instruments, wiring, and hydraulic components will be off-the-shelf components.
As the car design matures, some components from donor vehicles and off-the-shelf components can be replaced by scratch-built open source components. If desired, forks can be spawned from the original project for variants such a four or five passenger car, or perhaps a car with a hybrid electric powertrain.
Update - July, 2013 - See Yann Log
The Open Source Car is currently in the Research Phase of product development.
The Open Source Car in the media
The Open Source Car has been covered in the following online media sources
- Press Release OSE-Wikispeed Collaboration
- Car Technologies of the Future
- A Visit To the Open Source Ecology Project
- Open Source Ecology P2P Foundation