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Old 06-06-2014, 01:35 PM   #521 (permalink)
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^^ I had the same problem. It is obnoxious that you can't close it.

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Old 06-06-2014, 01:48 PM   #522 (permalink)
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I like the idea of it having its own brand named motor , it will help solidify the company as a true automobile company and not just a chassis maker.
Not to mention they will design a modern lightweight aluminum engine that is purposefully designed and not a adapted motor from a much heavier vehicle.


Fitting how their New Plant is ex Hummer plant , ironic.
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:18 PM   #524 (permalink)
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I like the idea of it having its own brand named motor , it will help solidify the company as a true automobile company and not just a chassis maker.
Yes, but is there any possible way of doing that and still shipping when promised?
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I accidentally unsubscribed, so this is my resubscribe.

Also, agreed. I would think it a wiser decision to get the vehicle out there, then offer a "premium" engine which in the future would be standard.
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I hope the New Motor is worth the wait.. because the wait is on.

I am curious just how small of a displacement it will be, my guess is 500cc to 750cc
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I think it's a 1 liter. They said ~50hp, which is in line with 55hp in the Metro, My 1 liter is rated at 67hp but probably does less. There are plenty of good 1 liter options you can get from salvage yards pretty cheap. Even a lean burn Insight drive train. Really, who else is in the market for a 67hp engine!

Emissions are probably less strict, you might get away with a diesel.

I like it being classified as a motorcycle. What kills the cost savings of my 65mpg car, is that it is, a CAR! Insurance can cost more than gas! Excise tax to Miss Sheehan, MA tax collector. Inspections are really big pain. On a motorcycle i think insurance can be as cheap as $100 a year. Inspections cost less, and are less stringent.

I mean really, they'll insure my body in case i hit a car and get flung from a motorcycle at freeway speed for a quarter million dollars for peanuts. And even if i declare my car is worthless and i don't want anything in case it gets totaled, minimum state health coverage, i could pay more in insurance than my car is worth in a few years.
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I hope the New Motor is worth the wait.. because the wait is on.

I am curious just how small of a displacement it will be, my guess is 500cc to 750cc
Makes me remember when I lurked about building a sandrail buggy around a Honda CB500 engine...

Well, maybe Elio could ending up with some 3-cyl 660cc engine made under license from a random Japanese manufacturer. Eventually they could even have a turbocharged version unrestricted to some 70 or 80hp instead of the 64hp limit imposed in Japan for the Kei cars...
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I will be going done to Braintree to see the Elio! If I can, I'll ask them about the engine development, and about the transmissions, as well.

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