The WIKISPEED SGT01, an ultra-light, four-passenger car that is easily configurable with different seating and body styles, shares its approach to fuel efficiency, modular engineering and composite carbon fiber exterior construction with Boeing's own innovative, next-generation aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner. Officials from Alibre will join WIKISPEED's founder, Joe Justice, as he demonstrates the SGT01 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT.
"Alibre's 3D CAD software is at the very core of the design and engineering of the SGT01, and this crucial technology is the key for providing the vehicle with its unique modularity," said Joe Justice, founder of WIKISPEED. "The Alibre-enabled modular components are at the very foundation of the other four advantages the SGT01 brings to the market - ultra fuel efficiency, a 5-star equivalent crash safety in simulation, powerful acceleration and top speed, and most of all, the vehicle's affordability. We even rely on the AlibrePowered.com user community forum to help recruit designers, engineers and others interested in contributing to the ongoing collaboration that is the WIKISPEED project," added Justice.
WIKISPEED's SGT01 placed in the top ten in its vehicle class in the 2010 Progressive Auto X Prize, a global competition to build cars that achieved at least 100 MPG in real-world driving. The SGT01 runs on regular gasoline, meets all road-safety regulations based on lab simulations, and is uniquely modular in design - thus delivering fully interchangeable parts and body panels including the drive train, suspension, safety structures and interior seating. The design is so flexible that even the engine can be switched from gasoline to electric in 30 minutes, and owners can also quickly switch its lightweight body from a sedan or coupe to a pick-up/SUV or even a convertible.
"We continue to be impressed with the creativity and engineering that the WIKISPEED team has demonstrated with the innovative SGT01," said J. Paul Grayson, chairman and CEO of Alibre, Inc. "We're pleased to be able to support WIKISPEED and other like-minded, innovative start-up teams and budding entrepreneurs alike, who continue to rely on Alibre Design to solve design challenges and create new innovations through our powerful and extremely affordable software. Alibre is proud to join with WIKISPEED and the other success stories in our next 'industrial revolution,' which gives us all hope for the future of our economy and our ability to compete in the global marketplace," said Grayson.