It's fast, it's affordable, and it's ultra fuel-efficient. It's also poised to disrupt the entire car industry.
Wikispeed aims to save the world, "one 100mpg car at a time". And so far, it looks like they're off to a roaring start, as they've already designed and built the SGT01 – a 100 mpg, four-seater commuter car with a mid-engine and rear-wheel drive. The car's 104 mpg (combined) is a record for a road-legal gasoline engine, and it's also the lightest car ever to achieve a five-star equivalency rating for front, side and rear impact tests. And don't let those fuel efficiency numbers fool you, as the SGT01 also has a top speed of 150 mph and goes from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds.
But wait, it gets even better. The SGT01 is priced at just $25,000.
The brainchild of Joe Justice, Wikispeed is a collaborative, high-tech volunteer team, most of whom work on the project remotely, using methods developed by software companies. In a huge contrast to most automotive design processes, Wikispeed can reiterate their vehicle as often as every seven days, which means rapid progress and innovation. And the Wikispeed is built as a modular vehicle, so swapping out a new engine or suspension for testing is quick and efficient.