- Jan 6, 2017
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- Hellertown, PA
Roush did not build the cars. That was someone else. I can tell you that from my experience, there's no way Elio would have had the knowledge, manpower and software to make a unibody. So, someone had to design it and Roush has the ability to do it. Again, a coincidence that the one company that has the ability to do this, gets an announcement right after the $16M was raised and then this whole complete new car was introduced.Coincidence? You ass.u.me Rousch was contracted. I recall EM contracting a bunch of guys to assemble the 2 or 3 E’s (no engine/drive trains) that were going to be sent for testing (maybe by Rousch? another assumption) and one of those employees issued statements to include major issues with parts, frame, and body panel fit with little direction by Elio.
Also, It was stated that Elio used the $2.5Million you reference to pay down debt not contract with Rousch.
All you have to do is look at all of the screen shots Elio made late in 2016 and 2017. There was a major change in the design of the car. It went from a small homebuilt to a polished production unit. Elio has $57K in computers and software. So, a single software license for what Elio shows on the screenshots would easily cost $30K for all of the advanced surfacing that they have. Plus one guy could never do it by himself because there's nobody on the planet with that ability. Maybe a group of 5-6 but not 1. So, that's easily $80K in just software licenses and expect $30K in computers. In the end, someone designed a brand new car in about 3 months and all fingers point to Roush.
I suggest you go to Detroit and see the Roush facility. Once you do, you'll see that they have more than enough ability to do what Elio needed in the timeframe the demanded. I would also say that it needs a few more revisions until it is released for actual production tooling (not prototyping tooling which is what has happened to this point). Plus Elio will have to make some actual steel body panels because as of now they have not. That requires the same type of advanced surfacing which Elio does not have.
As for the $2.5M, I bet they threw about $300K to Roush just to get what Pat suggested (using an off the shelf motor).
You can believe what you want but the engineer in me sees much more experience and knowledge put into the Elio design ever since Roush was announced as an engineering supplier. before that, it looks like something I'd do in my house with $20K in software and a $5K computer. Trust me, you don't want me designing a high volume production car from scratch and think I can do it right. I know when yo wave the white flag and hire that out.