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Old 01-18-2006, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default Accelerated Composites to sell 330 MPG Hybrid Car

Accelerated Composites to sell 330 MPG Hybrid Car

Three San Diego Engineers Form Company to Build and Sell Revolutionary 330 MPG Hybrid Car

CARLSBAD, Calif.--Jan. 18, 2006--Accelerated Composites, LLC, has designed a two-seat passenger car that will achieve up to 330 MPG and sell for under $20,000. The lightweight composite, hybrid car will post this fuel efficiency in normal city and highway driving and demonstrate acceleration and handling similar to that of a Honda Insight. Dubbed the Aptera(C), the vehicle achieves these remarkable numbers through the use of cutting-edge materials, manufacturing methods, and a maverick design mantra.

Unique, optimized aerodynamics gives the Aptera(C) a drag form factor that will be lower than any mass produced car in the world. "It looks like nothing you've ever seen because it performs like nothing you've ever seen," says Accelerated Composites founder and CEO, Steve Fambro. "What we've done is changed the way cars are thought of and designed. Rather than designing to a styling aesthetic, like the big auto makers do, we hew to an efficiency and safety aesthetic. When you do that, math and physics mostly dictate the shape of the car, and in this case, math and physics look awesome."

But aerodynamics is only half of the equation. The other half is weight. The Aptera(C) is made almost entirely of lightweight composites, making it one of the lightest cars on the road. Yet this savings does not come at the cost of safety. In fact, the construction of the car is based on the driver-protection "crash box" found in Formula One race cars. "Composites are enormously strong and lightweight," says Fambro. "That's why all the aircraft manufacturers are switching to them."

So why aren't the auto makers switching? "Cost," says Fambro. "They haven't figured out cost-effective manufacturing processes for composites. But we have."

The Aptera(C) utilizes proprietary composite construction that significantly lowers manufacturing cost when compared to most other composite construction methods, and even steel. The patent-pending "Panelized Automated Composite Construction," or PAC2(C), lends itself to parallel assembly and has a very low initial capitalization. Additionally, AC's patent-pending hybrid technology allows off the shelf engines and electric motors to be seamlessly integrated for a very low cost. Another reason the big automakers aren't jumping to composites is corporate inertia. "They have many billions of dollars invested in factories and infrastructure for making cars the old-fashioned way. They couldn't walk away from that if they wanted to. This is something that only a new company can do, and that's where we come in. We are going to disrupt the status quo."

"We're very serious about this. We're going to produce and sell these cars," says Fambro. "We've got a perfectly timed, market busting product. We have a great team of world class engineers and designers, high-powered marketing and sales experience, and a solid business plan."

Accelerated Composites, LLC, is a Carlsbad-based startup that is disrupting the car design status quo by developing a low cost, 330 MPG hybrid car to be manufactured in Southern California. For investment or press information, please contact Steve Fambro @ 760-908-3051, or [email protected], http://www.acceleratedcomposites.com.
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Old 01-18-2006, 05:54 PM   #2
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With this car, Accelerated Composites compiles a huge list of superlatives: best gas mileage of any production car ever, best drag form factor of any production car ever, lowest cost of composite materials used in a car ever, worst visibility of any production car ever.
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Old 01-18-2006, 06:26 PM   #3
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It's funny, 'cause in the third picture it looks like a windup car...
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Old 01-18-2006, 09:49 PM   #4
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I'm all for a car like this if it's for real...
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:44 PM   #5
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:48 PM   #6
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330 mpg? fill up once every two months.. sweet...
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Old 01-19-2006, 03:33 AM   #7
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Ugh. God I hate this crap.
...Not that I don't want a more fuel efficient car - because I very much do... BUT for the love of christ, atleast give your damn vehicle some believable numbers. You can't get a little Vespa scooter to get 100 MPG, and this vehicle is going to triple that number?!?

It is shti like this, that makes Americans think that fuel-efficient cars are a joke and research money shouldn't even be wasted on them. Crap like thist just makes a mockery of the hard work put forward by companies like Honda and Toyota that are actually producing practical-sized, decently-powered vehicles that get very good gas mileage and all for a fair price. These 330 MPG concepts are a joke - aim for something remotely within reach before you aim for the sky.
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I sort of agree with hazdaz. That thing just doesnt seem very practical in the real world of driving. Flat tires? Potholes would seem to tear that thing apart.And a collision? safety box? Lets see some crash test data first...Ill believe it when I see it. I definitely also favor the approach as with the prius and honda hybrids.After all, if people dont want to drive them or dont feel safe or comfortable in them, what good will they do?
....some usable public transportation would be very effective while were at it.

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Old 01-20-2006, 07:18 AM   #9
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I agree with the last two posts. I bet they were formed on the EPA's current numbering scheme too. Probably need to be a super lightweight to get the mileage and carry like 2 gallons of fuel to keep the weight super low.
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Uh oh, looks like we need a permanent "hybrid car related" thread!
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Old 01-20-2006, 11:25 AM   #11
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I don't think that this 'car' is destined to ever be produced, or even hinted as anything more than a showcase for these guys methods of producing composite material for a low price.

I think this is just a demonstration bed for what there process is capable of doing.

whoever wrote that story focused the title on gas savings of a car that has not even been taken out of a computer (and likely not even developed aside from the outside design, and estimates on weight), when the focus should be on the companies ability to create composite materials.

but then again, it may just be a group of engineers who developed a ground breaking process and rather than marketting that, they are trying to make cars.
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