Building a Car from Scratch

“Kevin turned serious for a moment and admitted that, yes, he was ‘paranoid’ about something breaking. It wasn’t just the welds. Much of the car was made from used parts that Kevin and his friends had scavenged from local junkyards. The rear suspension came from a Dodge Neon. The struts were a combination of Nissan, Miata, and Neon struts. ‘The steering is Honda,’ Kevin told me, then frowned, racking his memory for more examples.”

A couple spends all of their income to build a car from scratch and compete for the X Prize Foundation’s $10 million competition for vehicles that can travel 100 miles on a single gallon of gas. Read more from Jason Fagone.

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