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Engineering a Supercar, Part 2

October 26th, 2012

5G body

Back in May of this year we heard about a competition put on by GrabCAD, an online engineering community, and 500 Group, a think tank for new products. The challenge was to create a body for a new supercar that would be built on an existing chassis using GM Performance parts and the LS3, LS7 or supercharged LS9 V8 engines. (Maybe they should also consider the new LT1 engine… just saying.)

In that original post, I admittedly got a little harsh about letting engineers act as designers. I made the argument that when that happens, we’re left with cars like the Accord and Camry. Excellent vehicles, but they don’t have much in the way of personality.

We heard yesterday from a representative of the 500 Group who wanted to set us straight.

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What if Engineers Designed Supercars?

May 28th, 2012

Well, to answer that question the nice way, let’s be thankful for designers and accountants, because engineers don’t know beauty.

Neither do accountants, of course, but thanks to them many of the engineers’ grand plans get the kibosh for monetary reasons. Unfortunately for society, GrabCAD, an online engineering community, recently decided to give engineers the chance to pen a body for a ready-made chassis by 500 Group, a think tank for new products. The site received around 200 unique designs, the top quarter of which went on for final judging.

There’s nothing wrong with a little competition between engineers, but here’s where things get bad:

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