- Space frame construction rather than monocouque ( this removes the need for expensive stamps and moulds) basically a spaceframe is like a matrix of metal welded together like a bycicle frame, this would tap into the ability of the local metal workers. monocouque chasis makes sense for large scale productions, but for a small scale spaceframe is more cost effective.
- Plastic body panels covering the metal spaceframe. the body panels are untressed and the use of plastic would use the avalability of cheap plastic moulds.
- Symmetric door design so the same front doors could be used for the rear, increasing part simmilarity and economies of scale hence lowering manufacturing costs.
- Simplistic and functional interior
- Engine mounted underneath rear seat (2cyl about 800cc 50hp, 55lbft of torque)probably air cooled eliminating radistor cost and plumbing complexities.
- Variable belt transmision
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Project Naijacar: 1st project
Since I saw Izuogu's car on TV 9 years ago, I've always wanted to see a nigerian manufactured car manifest. I started designing my own version of the car at 10yrs old, and my design has matured or changed over time. This design is brought forward to the 1st naijaCar project. Criteria set to meet costs demands are as follows