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      05-04-2015 10:40 PM #1
      Quite a few of these things have been roaming the streets of Denver lately. Ive seen one with a 1.8tnevarlose and one with an Audi V10. Seems like someones crazy drunken idea has actually stuck, and they really aren't that terrible looking if you're into the open car thing. They let you select engine, drivetrain etc. and either build it yourself or have them build it with all the parts you choose. Its surprisingly priced too, rolling chassis starts at $7000. Bonus vintage car in the background content.

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      05-04-2015 10:50 PM #2
      I wonder about the actual engineering (chassis/brakes/suspension) since all the weight looks to be in the back.
      And why not use all weather seats since open cockpit?
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      05-05-2015 02:20 AM #3
      Well, that seems rather flexible.

      Where are the triangles? We were promised triangles.

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      05-05-2015 03:14 AM #4
      In case of rollover, bend this mousetrap bar over your head:


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      05-05-2015 05:29 AM #5
      I would wear a full face helmet with this thing.

      Not because a rollover, but because it would look cooler than this.



      With the open footwell in the above photo, plus the fender-less front tires, this thing has to kick up all sorts of siht into the cockpit.



      Criticism aside, it looks like it might be fun, and I bet they sell one of these before Elio delivers their first car.

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      05-05-2015 06:02 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      With the open footwell in the above photo, plus the fender-less front tires, this thing has to kick up all sorts of siht into the cockpit.

      Yea. No thanks.

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      05-05-2015 06:43 AM #7
      It looks terrifying. I'd drive it.

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      05-05-2015 07:12 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Obin Robinson View Post
      It looks terrifying. I'd drive it.

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      Definitely.

      I think I would want a fairing or two to deflect road debris that mcbanagon mentioned, and maybe a little more in the roll-bar dept to make me feel good---but i'd still give it a rip, either way.

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      05-05-2015 07:39 AM #9
      I'd probably drive it with a motorcycle helmet, or at least a half helmet.

      When little pebbles hit you at 70-80mph it hurts, motorcyclists will know

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      05-05-2015 08:38 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by vortexblue View Post
      In case of rollover, bend this mousetrap bar over your head
      The Atom's standard roll bar is pretty minimalist too:


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      05-05-2015 08:54 AM #11
      I would do it Roadkill style.
      Strip down a C4 vette and add a cage.

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      05-05-2015 09:00 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by karl_1052 View Post
      I would do it Roadkill style.
      Strip down a C4 vette and add a cage.

      This was a great episode. Gave many, many bad ideas.

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      05-05-2015 09:20 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post

      With the open footwell in the above photo, plus the fender-less front tires, this thing has to kick up all sorts of siht into the cockpit.

      There seem to be a lot of options on their ordering page that could remedy some of the issues talked about here. The car in the OP doesn't seem to have any of this, save for the canvas hood.

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      05-05-2015 09:30 AM #14
      I like the exposed battery behind the passenger seat and the non-use of seatbelts by the fat guy and the slutty looking chick.
      Yarp or narp?

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      05-05-2015 10:04 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by ClownCar View Post
      I like the exposed battery behind the passenger seat and the non-use of seatbelts by the fat guy and the slutty looking chick.
      Seriously, this thing does not look particularly well done from the little I have seen of it.

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      05-05-2015 10:09 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by ClownCar View Post
      I like the exposed battery behind the passenger seat and the non-use of seatbelts by the fat guy and the slutty looking chick.
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      05-05-2015 10:16 AM #17
      I've been looking at the options and what can be added or deleted. I am seriously liking this car! I wish more manufacturers would follow suit with this level of customization. I like the two different engine options but it would be interesting to see what other engines people cram into this chassis. I'm already dreaming of options that include everything from Buick V6 turbos to Bolt 4 turbos.

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      05-05-2015 10:18 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Obin Robinson View Post
      I've been looking at the options and what can be added or deleted. I am seriously liking this car! I wish more manufacturers would follow suit with this level of customization. I like the two different engine options but it would be interesting to see what other engines people cram into this chassis. I'm already dreaming of options that include everything from Buick V6 turbos to Bolt 4 turbos.

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      They say a Subaru EJ-style setup is coming soon. Plenty of wrecked Subaru's around these parts. An EJ20 in that car would be fun.

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      05-05-2015 10:26 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by AZGolf View Post
      The Atom's standard roll bar is pretty minimalist too:

      ...but it's not a mousetrap.
      The additional bar available for the Atom (standard on the SRA) is braced backwards and over the standard hoop. It's a must-have in my book.
      The Atom has had several shortcomings (TMI and the aftermarket have been addressing them well), but it arguably created this exo-car genre. Most of the clones don't have the track data to support if they work well or not. We rely on 'well, that doesn't look safe', or 'why not triangulate here?'

      Source: I worked at a US Atom distributor.






      A car worth noting in this genre is the Palatov D2. Palatov is (was?) an Atom owner as well. He's got several styles of cars, but the D2 has a CARB-legal LS3 crate motor. There is a Sector111 body derivative called the Drakkan as well.




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      10-17-2018 12:30 PM #20
      The Velocity Rails company out of Colorado seems to have just disappeared. I'm not sure if the operation stopped business or what but it is like the only foot print left is in the sales of still existing vehicles on the market or in some consumer reviews from local Colorado Journalists.

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      10-17-2018 12:34 PM #21
      What a random bump

      Would love for some OEMs to cut loose and get into this space. Imagining an Ariel Atom with a base K20Z built by Honda for like $10-15K.

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      10-17-2018 12:47 PM #22
      https://jalopnik.com/man-dies-after-...-ka-1825681533



      I stopped thinking this was cool after this guy died..

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      10-17-2018 12:59 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by 32drewsalazar View Post
      The Velocity Rails company out of Colorado seems to have just disappeared. I'm not sure if the operation stopped business or what but it is like the only foot print left is in the sales of still existing vehicles on the market or in some consumer reviews from local Colorado Journalists.
      Such is the life of a kit car company. Here today, gone tomorrow. On the bright side, a lot of kits are based on a collection of OEM parts with a tube-steel frame, so at least in theory if you have all the documentation and build plans, you can still service and maintain the car just based on using whatever OEM parts are needed. If the frame is damaged, you could have it repaired based on the build plans by any competent fabrication shop.

    25. 02-07-2020 03:34 PM #24
      We have purchased the Velocity rail company and are in the process of redesigning some of it. We are in the prototyping / testing stages now and will be going into production by summer. It will be located in Jonesboro, AR. We will offer a LS powered model and a higher performance Tesla Electric powered model.

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      02-07-2020 03:59 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Fat_Dog_Designs View Post
      We have purchased the Velocity rail company and are in the process of redesigning some of it. We are in the prototyping / testing stages now and will be going into production by summer. It will be located in Jonesboro, AR. We will offer a LS powered model and a higher performance Tesla Electric powered model.
      Cool!

      Have you thought about actually using engineering to design the tube chassis? It could definitely benefit from some triangulation to improve torsional stiffness.

      Or maybe it's designed to look cool. It does that.

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