It’s fast, it’s affordable, and it’s ultra fuel-efficient. It’s also poised to disrupt the entire car industry.
Wikispeed aims to save the world, “one 100mpg car at a time”. And so far, it looks like they’re off to a roaring start, as they’ve already designed and built the SGT01 – a 100 mpg, four-seater commuter car with a mid-engine and rear-wheel drive. The car’s 104 mpg (combined) is a record for a road-legal gasoline engine, and it’s also the lightest car ever to achieve a five-star equivalency rating for front, side and rear impact tests. And don’t let those fuel efficiency numbers fool you, as the SGT01 also has a top speed of 150 mph and goes from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds.
But wait, it gets even better. The SGT01 is priced at just $25,000.
The brainchild of Joe Justice, Wikispeed is a collaborative, high-tech volunteer team, most of whom work on the project remotely, using methods developed by software companies. In a huge contrast to most automotive design processes, Wikispeed can reiterate their vehicle as often as every seven days, which means rapid progress and innovation. And the Wikispeed is built as a modular vehicle, so swapping out a new engine or suspension for testing is quick and efficient.
Wikispeed’s first batch of 10 prototypes are for sale right now, so if you’re an early adopter of auto tech, or you’d like to see this little venture get scaled up to production levels, or you simply want to wow your buddies with how cool you look while you’re getting 100 mpg, then you’ll waste no time contacting Wikispeed about reserving one for you.