Blue Collar Heroes
I grew up in the car culture of Southern California.
I looked up to the blue collar heroes from the 50's and 60's called Hotrodders that
took old cars and made them into something special.
Guys who used their heads and their own hands to build cars.
Innovation is about making something better.
Back then it was about making cars faster. But not always.
In 1976 when I was 16 years old, one of my first car innovations was converting the bucket seats in my 70 Plymouth Duster
so they would fully recline.
I like things that are different, because to be better it has to be different.
But just being different doesn't make something better.
Were my fully reclining bucket seats better? My girlfriend and I certainly thought so!
By the 1980's, fully reclining bucket seats had become commonplace.
I made an innovative r/c controller that was very different.
It used high frequency digital signals, and was small and lightweight and fit into the palm of your hand.
The top r/c racers didn't like it because the existing heavy controllers provided a more stable platform for better accuracy.
In this case, different was not better.
So I adapted and combined my control electronics with the existing heavier controller.
Just looking at the Indy One you can see it is different than other cars.
Let me tell you why it is better.
Smaller, Lighter, Aerodynamic
First of all, the Indy One is a relatively small and light car.
Smaller cars are lighter, so they need less power to accelerate.
But unlike the small cars being made today, the Indy One has a long tapered narrow body with tandem seating that is much closer to the ideal aerodynamic shape.
At freeway speeds the Indy One uses less than half the energy than other cars.
This means it requires a much smaller battery pack to achieve the same range as other cars,
and a smaller battery is much less expensive and faster to recharge.
Secondly, the Indy One uses recycled components. There are over 1 million new cars sold every month
in the United States, which means there are also over 1 million old cars being crushed every month.
This represents the worst of American values,
where everything, including one of the most expensive items we buy has become disposable.
The energy needed to make a car from raw materials is substantial.
The Indy One recycles the drivetrain from a Toyota Prius, using only the all-electric components.
With over 6 million sold worldwide, there is no shortage of available donors.
The Indy One is a car Toyota won't build. Little did they know it only took one man with a vision in his garage to
use their high quality electric drivetrain components to design an inexpensive efficient all-electric car.
Made In America
And finally, what makes the Indy One revolutionary is how it will be made.
Rather than having a big mega factory full of multi-million dollar robots,
the Indy One will be made by local Americans.
America has a huge existing workforce of highly qualitied automotive technicians.
Qualified mechanics can be found in every corner of this country.
By recognizing the value of this labor, production of the Indy One can scale to compete with the big car companies,
without needing the financial resources of a billionaire, venture capitalists, or government grants or loans.
The Indy One is sold as a kit that will be assembled by a local small business of your choice.
Or you can assemble it yourself.
Independence from Big
The name Indy One is all about Independence.
Independence from Billionares, Big Car Companies, Big Oil Companies, and Big Government.
I Need Your Help
I've gone as far as one man in his garage can go with the Indy One.
Now I need your help.
I need to build fiberglass molds to make an initial production run of cars for testing
and to establish all the design details for the second phase of production.
This requires moving into a commercial space and hiring some help.
It doesn't take a lot of money, but it does take some.
I won't be spending millions of dollars NOT building cars like so many do.
And perhaps just as important, I need to establish an initial group
of automotive businesses that can build the Indy One once full production is ready.
You can help just by getting the word out to your friends and family.
I also asking for financial help with four level of financial backing that are described on the website.
I can't say how much I appreciate your help and how much it means to me.
Together we can change how cars are made in america.