What We’re Doing

Our green automotive-prototyping and -manufacturing business has engineered and built a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, 100 mpg commuter car to road legal (U.S.) specifications.

·         We have completed Finite Element Analysis for FMVSS impact scenarios.

·         We have built an on-road test vehicle in Washington, with a second under construction in Michigan.

·         We are now bringing revolutionary technology to the widest part of the market.

·         We are now structuring ourselves to produce 100 mpg vehicles for public sale.

Stats and Accolades

·         We tied for 10th place in our class of 136 cars in the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE for 100 mpg cars, ahead of MIT and Tesla Motors.

·         Our gasoline-powered test vehicle gets 104 mpg in the city (UDDS) and 114 mpg on the highway (HWFET) on simulated cycles extrapolated from fuel-consumption actuals


How We’re Doing It

Product, Technology, and Method

·         WIKISPEED uses a Lean/Agile/Scrum product-development and business model to deliver more value for less money.

o    Lean: reducing complexity and minimizing waste

o    Agile: faster rapid prototyping and iterative problem solving

o    Scrum: clear product ownership, immediate evidence-based decision making


Promotion and Sponsors

·         Existing race sponsors and partners from our participation in the Automotive X Prize include

o    Skunk2 Racing

o    Alibre Design

o    Ampstech FEA

o    Mecsoft CAM

o    Kenworthy Machine

o    and dozens more

·         Interviews and press coverage include:

o    Discovery Channel

o    Autoblog

o    Consumer Reports

o    The Daily Green

o    Popular Mechanics


Market-Strategy Highlights

·         We aim to be high-tech and interactive.

o    Attracting folks who are comfortable shopping online for least initial cost to market.

·         As we grow we will remain approachable and fun.

o    Online virtual test drives; viral marketing, possibly drive head to head with your saved online configured car and your current car.

o    Focus on least-complex marketable asset and pursue multiple revenue streams

o    Mature from 100 mpg commuter kit-car sales (less complex, less risk) to turn-key sales (wider market) as formal tests are passed.

o    Simultaneously develop mass-personalization and opportunities for lifestyle customers to stay engaged.

·         We plan to license intellectual property where it makes sense to finance further development.

·         We will take advantage of the online gaming community.

o    Working to include our X Prize race vehicle in the next crop of racing games.

·         Personalized Online sales, from unique graphics and paint to selectable hard system modules


What We Need to Succeed

We are approximately $4,000,000 from production and are soliciting $300,000 in angel investment to support the construction of a show car to campaign on the auto-show circuit and to expedite our time to market by promoting our tech to the venture capital required to initiate production.


What We Can Do with the Proper Angel Investment

1.     frequent, iterative CAD designs

2.     expert exterior-panel fabrication

3.     auto-show booth rental

4.     show-quality finishes to the car

5.     press materials

6.     market testing


What’s In It for Our Partners and Investors

1.     Modular/customizable design means major contributors can customize their 100 mpg hypercar, have it built, and drive past gas stations every day.

2.     This technology provides us a real opportunity to change automotive transportation as we know it.

3.     If manufacturing locale is important to you, supporting WIKISPEED can support bringing green ultra-modern manufacture to your chosen locale.

4.     Multiple targeted revenue streams reduce investment risk, and fuel-efficiency technology is attractive to government incentives.


Where We Are

Our primary visionary and owner, Joe Justice, maintains a garage in Seattle, Washington, where the prototype was constructed. A second team in Hillsdale, Michigan, headed by ASE-certified mechanic Bryan Ford, began work on the second model this spring. The remainder of our team—engineers, electricians, mentors, software developers, production managers, and technical writers—volunteer their time from the Seattle area, across the United States, and even Ireland.


Work Summary - 5-19-2010

posted May 18, 2010, 9:58 AM by Joe Justice

Back at the Seattle shop we unloaded the SGT01. That took just a few minutes. Then we unpacked the tools we had brought with us to Shakedown, which took hours. The shop is being re-organized to make room for an additional layout space next to our test vehicle, which may require some custom shelving and clever organization. At the same time our Michigan operations are beginning. Bryan and Craig are shopping suppliers for tools and raw materials to make SGT02. Tools appear far cheaper in Michigan, raw materials appear far more expensive, but the labor force there has a high level of automotive fabrication skill and simply bulldozes through challenges as they come up. The cultural work ethic is fantastic.

-Joe Justice, Large Project Lead.

Work Summary, Monday - Thursday at PIAXP Shakedown

posted May 7, 2010, 10:12 AM by Ruth Justice Stafford

Car and team arrived in Michigan.  See previous posts.

See previous posts.

  • Underwent first inspection at 8:00 a.m. EST
  • Created project plan and work flow to address issues from inspection
  • Installed new front seats
  • Fixed welds on suspension mounts
  • Installed Marmon/V-band flange on exhaust system
  • Loaded trailer with parts and tools for final rebuild
  • Created project plan with critical path and workflow for Wednesday rebuild at MIS (Michigan International Speedway)
The team rebuilt the car from the frame up including the following:
  • Removed, repaired and re-mounted fuel system
  • Mounted steering rack
  • Reinstalled tub (seat and belt mount) complete with seats and belts
  • Installed suspension
  • Reconnected brake lines and booster
  • Connected shift linkage
  • Connected emergency brake
  • Installed steering column and supports
  • Welded and installed roof support structure
  • Installed canopy hinges
  • Fabricated and installed fire extinguisher housing
  • Attached radiator houses and filled with fluid
  • Bled brakes
  • Reconnected head and tail lights
  • Cut holes in body to accommodate lights
  • Installed DigiDash
  • Installed speedometer
  • Installed inertia cut-off switch
  • Mounted tires
  • Delivered car to inspection bay by 4:58 p.m. EST
After learning that we had not passed our final inspection, the team was given four hours to submit an appeal to stay in the competition.  We completed and filed the appeal document and organized the workspace while waiting to hear the results. We wanted to be ready to get back to work on the car.

Stay tuned.

More From Sunday at PIAXP Shakedown

posted May 2, 2010, 7:56 PM by Ruth Justice Stafford   [ updated May 7, 2010, 11:05 AM ]

Since the last update, we've completed the following tasks on the car:
  • We installed the emergency brake assembly.  Fortunately, we were able to use a stock brake handle assembly mounted with custom brackets giving us an extremely reliable and lightweight braking system.
  • We altered the exhaust to be compatible with PIAXP emissions testing equipment.  Later this week, we will be towing a high tech emissions trailer from a mini hitch behind the car.
  • We then bled the brakes to get ready for tomorrow's testing and inspection.
  • We fabricated a bracket for our new, smaller battery (thanks to our friends at West Coast Batteries for their help and discount!).
  • We calibrated the DigiDash (thanks to Galek Motorsports for their help and discount).
  • We fabricated and mounted new taillight brackets that work with the new body.
  • We reinforced the canopy mount.
  • We replaced a faulty brake light switch.
  • We fixed lose engine ground wires.
  • We built the ballast box.  We don't need it yet, but it's ready to go when we do.
  • And, last but not least, the car has a new, bright orange paint job (see below).
It's also worth noting that last night was the first time some of the WIKISPEED team members have actually met face-to-face after working together remotely to prepare for this event.  Everyone got along extremely well and we accomplished a great deal in a very short time (as is evidenced by the above list). 

At the end of the build day, we were the final team to get through the check in process.  And, the car is now safe in it's bay at the speedway.  It was really great to meet some of the Xprize folks who have been so helpful over e-mail and to put faces to the names.

Looking ahead, tomorrow, starting at 8:00 a.m., the automotive team from Consumer Reports will review all of the cars for safety and completeness.  The Consumer Reports team will provide a list of anything we might need to address while we are in Michigan.  We're ready for this stage and excited to actually get the car on the track later in the week!

Back View of WIKISPEED Car in Garage at MIS Ready for the PIAXP Shakedown


posted May 2, 2010, 8:54 AM by Be Spicey   [ updated May 2, 2010, 7:55 PM by Ruth Justice Stafford ]

Sunday's rain brought good news for Team Wiki.  The mandatory PIXAP photo sessions are canceled due to the weather and the registration period is extended. This provides crucial work time to Team Wiki who now has more than three additional hours to work on the car and accomplish building goals.  New roll bars are being welded to accommodate our streamlined canopy and a paint job is in the Wiki's near future.  Wiki will register later today and take place in their garage bay on site at the Shakedown.  We'll post pictures soon.  Go Wiki!

Saturday Night Fever

posted May 2, 2010, 8:37 AM by Be Spicey   [ updated May 2, 2010, 9:08 AM ]

Saturday was filled with excitement as various members of Team Wiki met up in Michigan.  They introduced themselves to eachother and began work right away.  Team Mom, Keith, Transport Tom, Joe, John, and Mary are now joined by Bryan the mechanic, Cousin Craig, and Mechanic Jeff.  Lisa, Bryan's wife, has kept the team fed and caffeineted (much to their delight).  The team worked through the night - welding, securing,  and building -- and has accomplished an amazing amount! 
  • fabricated tail light mount
  • fixed engine ground
  • bled brakes
  • bolted canopy to canopy frame
  • fabricated ballast box
  • finished emergency brake linkage
  • initial placemnt of body pins. 

En Route to Michigan!!!!

posted Apr 30, 2010, 7:33 PM by Be Spicey   [ updated Apr 30, 2010, 8:26 PM ]

The car is on its way!!!!!  The Justice/Boulac Transport Team got the car loaded and properly weighted on the trailer and pulled out of the garage around 9:30 PT on Thursday night.  Rumor has it that Joe SLEPT in a bed last night. :)  CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all of you who have contributed your hard work so far.   

More photos - 25 Apr 2010

posted Apr 26, 2010, 11:43 AM by Adam Barker

Sunday was tremendously exciting for our team, as several high risk sub-projects began to take shape:
  • Our body arrived. We had a small issue with negative geometry on the foam plug that was used to lay up our composite material, but our expert composites guys were able to work around it. We'll probably need to make some revisions to our CAD files to prevent this from happening again, but we're super excited to have a body to put on our frame.
  • John finished the installation of our competition fuel system, tying a bow on over a week of work by several members of our team.
  • Our canopy is on its way, and the guy who made it arrives Monday the 26th to help us install it.
  • We picked up two new high-leverage volunteers, Mike and Dave. Both have significantly more expertise in electronics and control systems than the rest of us, and were able to deliver amazing results within a day of joining the project. Dave built us a functioning blinker circuit for our turn signals, and Mike had great suggestions for how we might stow our electronics in weather-proof, fire-proof compartments, as required by the PIAXP regulations.
  • Keith has made tremendous progress on our transmission shift linkage, and has produced some amazing machine work that demonstrates his vast experience and skill.
A few photos:

The body arrives!

The car body, with a small foam plug on top in case we need to mold 
an emergency canopy out of polycarbonate.

John and Joe Justice.

Keith uses the mill to build a new transmission linkage.

Keith mills a flat tab into the end of a threaded rod. He started out with
a rod of aluminum, cut and bent it into shape, added internal and external
threads where appropriate, and milled connection points for the other
parts of the shift linkage.

Shop Tour 20 Apr 2010

posted Apr 23, 2010, 3:25 PM by Adam Barker   [ updated Apr 23, 2010, 3:37 PM ]

Photos from 20 Apr 2010

posted Apr 21, 2010, 4:01 AM by Adam Barker   [ updated Apr 23, 2010, 3:37 PM ]

Adam, Doug, Craig, John, and Joe.

Adam photographs the team.

Discussing headlight mounting options.

One of our suspension mount points. 

John, Joe, and Craig discuss our headlight mounting options.

Craig finished mounting the driver's side light pod to the bumper. Our 
backup body plug is the large plywood box on the right, built with a 5 
degree draft angle to allow removal of the molded body shape.

A side view of the car.

The vastly-simplified wiring harness for the car, cut down to about 
20% of its former size and weight.

Doug solders taps onto the CAN High and CAN low bus wires running
out of the engine computer. These wires function as the car's network, 
and will be connected to the official data acquisition system during 
competition events.

Daily work log 19 Apr 2010

posted Apr 20, 2010, 8:40 PM by Adam Barker   [ updated Apr 21, 2010, 3:55 AM ]

Today Joe, John, Adam, and Craig spent the day at ProFormance Racing School so that we could be certified to drive the car onto the track. We had a great time and only managed to do $700 worth of damage to our rented Elise.

After a long, exhausting day at the track, we came back to the shop to begin the process of untangling our wiring system, which has a lot of unnecessary trunk lines running to accessories that are no longer a part of the car. Doug arrived at about 9:30, and worked with Adam for a few hours on the removal of unnecessary wiring. It's a delicate task that requires a lot of patience, because the lines are all wrapped in conduit that contains  manufacturer-applied, shrink wrap adhesive. It's a somewhat tedious process of identifying possible lines for amputation, trimming back to the conduit to make sure there aren't any surprise sensors inside, trimming the lines, tying them off, and starting the car again to find out whether we've broken anything.

All in all, a fun and productive day.

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