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Old 07-01-2015, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Stretch-Insight as Travel-Van Alternative

So I'm forever trying to think of how to travel without spending a ton of money on fuel. Van's are great for travel, but none of them seem to get batter than ~28mpg.

I imagine that an insight stretched via sheet-metal skinned tube-frame could maintain all the aero of the original car and only add a few hundred pounds to the vehicle weight, while preserving all of the factory developed crash hardware and it's enormous economy.

I really like bolt-in mods, and imagine that a "kit" could be designed that would require just specific cuts to the car chassis and drilling holes for mounting bolts. Each end would bolt onto a frame in the middle, body panels would fasten on, and electrical would be re-connected to the battery, etc, via an extension harness.

Is this a horrible idea? Has anyone seen other projects like this to reference?

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