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   Startup car company builds car that "breaks the rules." Apparently, Rule Number One was don't build a car that looks like a shopping cart

13 Dec 2012 11:43 AM   |   27722 clicks   |   The Atlantic
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St_Francis_P     
In fact, the C-1 isn't really a car at all: It's officially classified as a motorcycle, but CEO Daniel Kim says that the vehicle resists classification.

"It's disrupting the automotive space," says Kim.


That kind of marketing-speak would scare me, even if I wanted one.

13 Dec 2012 09:52 AM
hillbillypharmacist    [TotalFark]  
"Safety of a car"?
I'm gonna need to see some test results on that.

13 Dec 2012 09:56 AM
Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
This is not going to end well. Especially if it makes it to the showroom.

13 Dec 2012 10:01 AM
Nabb1    [TotalFark]  

hillbillypharmacist: "Safety of a car"?
I'm gonna need to see some test results on that.


Yeah, that looks like a deathtrap, especially in a side-impact collision.

13 Dec 2012 10:09 AM
MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  

Nabb1: hillbillypharmacist: "Safety of a car"?
I'm gonna need to see some test results on that.

Yeah, that looks like a deathtrap, especially in a side-impact collision.


Having done over $6000.00 damage to a Jeep Wrangler, I was thinking of animal collisions

/deer, specifically
//frikkin deer

13 Dec 2012 10:26 AM
RTOGUY    [TotalFark]  
Forget the side impact concern I'd like to know how he thinks it is capable of driving in "all weather". Anybody that lives anywhere with four distinct seasons has to look at that and wonder how it is going to handle any amount of snow. It doesn't tip over? Gee that's great! Can it handle a 3' snowdrift? Because that is my reality for at least half of the year.

13 Dec 2012 10:31 AM
Nabb1    [TotalFark]  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Nabb1: hillbillypharmacist: "Safety of a car"?
I'm gonna need to see some test results on that.

Yeah, that looks like a deathtrap, especially in a side-impact collision.

Having done over $6000.00 damage to a Jeep Wrangler, I was thinking of animal collisions

/deer, specifically
//frikkin deer


My brother hit a deer one night years ago. He was freaked out, so he got to a gas station and called the police from a pay phone (this was before everyone and their brother had cell phones). He tells the officer he needs to report an accident, and it's three a.m. and he says, "I hit a deer and damaged my car," and the officer, having heard this one before at this particular hour from people probably trying to cover up a drunk driving incident, says somewhat sarcastically, "Right, sir, of course, and how are you sure it was a deer you hit?" My brother says, "Well, there's a lot of deer snot on my windshield now, for one." The cop burst out laughing and said he was sending someone over.

13 Dec 2012 10:47 AM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  
It's a tricycle.

13 Dec 2012 11:44 AM
OtherBrotherDarryl    [TotalFark]  
I think I saw this one on Mario Karts.

13 Dec 2012 11:44 AM
Marine1     
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Unimpressed.

13 Dec 2012 11:44 AM
Slaves2Darkness     
Great now sell that bad boy for around $5000, that would really disrupt the market.

13 Dec 2012 11:46 AM
kmmontandon     
FTA: Today's youths are less interested in buying cars than they are in buying iPhones and other gadgets: Car ownership among people between ages 18 and 34 is down by 30 percent in the last five years.


If only there were some other explanation for this, something other than marketing trends, like an economic cause ...

This thing is definitely a solution in search of a problem. I'm sure it'll be just as successful as the Segway, and for all the same reasons.

13 Dec 2012 11:46 AM
abhorrent1     
Startup car company builds car that "breaks the rules." Looks like a trike with some kind of shell bolted to it. 

13 Dec 2012 11:47 AM
littlett's     
Looks like a motorcycle with a cab on it.

13 Dec 2012 11:48 AM
fruitloop    [TotalFark]  
Lit Motors

Yes, yes they were.

13 Dec 2012 11:48 AM
whconner4     

St_Francis_P: In fact, the C-1 isn't really a car at all: It's officially classified as a motorcycle, but CEO Daniel Kim says that the vehicle resists classification.

"It's disrupting the automotive space," says Kim.

That kind of marketing-speak would scare me, even if I wanted one.


This guy needs a serious punch in the balls.

13 Dec 2012 11:49 AM
Spanky_McFarksalot     
FTFA:"but that cost will go down significantly--to around $16,000--once the product gains sufficient market share to enable bulk manufacturing."

Sooo, I have $16k to spend on a car....why would I pick that one?

13 Dec 2012 11:49 AM
Slaves2Darkness     

kmmontandon: FTA: Today's youths are less interested in buying cars than they are in buying iPhones and other gadgets: Car ownership among people between ages 18 and 34 is down by 30 percent in the last five years.


If only there were some other explanation for this, something other than marketing trends, like an economic cause ...

This thing is definitely a solution in search of a problem. I'm sure it'll be just as successful as the Segway, and for all the same reasons.


You mean like people 18-34 being saddled with tens of thousands of dollars of debt if they went to a state school and hundreds of thousands if they went to top tier school for their Bachelors degrees?

13 Dec 2012 11:49 AM
Arcanum     
This is vaporware like the last few electric car startups.

That's fine with me so long as the Obama administration doesn't invest our money in other failure.

13 Dec 2012 11:49 AM
rpl     
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13 Dec 2012 11:49 AM
USCLaw2010     
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/broke the rules first

13 Dec 2012 11:49 AM
doczoidberg     
I agree. The price of this thing will determine whether it goes anywhere.

20 thousand dollars?
--Nope. People will just buy a normal car.

5 thousand dollars?
--Well, hell. I just might consider it.

That's the trouble with these green technologies. Micro houses, smart cars...they all cost way too much. People would buy this stuff if the price reflected what they are getting upfront.

13 Dec 2012 11:49 AM
poot_rootbeer     
Oh look, yet another asshole who slapped some side panels on a motorcycle and thinks it's as good as a real car.

Go back to Europe!

13 Dec 2012 11:50 AM
johnsmith99     
I'd prefer to have a car that doesn't need a gyroscope to keep from tipping over.

13 Dec 2012 11:50 AM
Slaves2Darkness     

Spanky_McFarksalot: FTFA:"but that cost will go down significantly--to around $16,000--once the product gains sufficient market share to enable bulk manufacturing."

Sooo, I have $16k to spend on a car....why would I pick that one?


Hell if I know you could buy dam near any sub-compact in the market for $16k and probably get better gas mileage, certainly more range.

13 Dec 2012 11:50 AM
Subtle_Canary     
90% of my daily driving is around base. i could see the appeal in driving something compact cheap and mostly devoid of fuel cost

13 Dec 2012 11:50 AM
The Irresponsible Captain     
Yeah, well one rule they shouldn't break: you put two wheels in the FRONT of the car. Handling, braking, and stability are improved.

13 Dec 2012 11:50 AM
Fark Rye For Many Whores     
Startup car company builds car that "breaks the rules." Apparently, Rule Number One was don't build a car that looks like a shopping go cart

FTFS

13 Dec 2012 11:50 AM
oldfarthenry    [TotalFark]  
Being trapped in a small fibreglass egg with my own flatus? Um, no.

13 Dec 2012 11:51 AM
Gordon Bennett    [TotalFark]  
Somewhere, Sir Clive Sinclair is amused by this.

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13 Dec 2012 11:51 AM
Loaf's Tray     

fruitloop: Lit Motors

Yes, yes they were.


I think this douchebag is his own worst enemy...

13 Dec 2012 11:51 AM
WordsnCollision     
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13 Dec 2012 11:51 AM
j__z     
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13 Dec 2012 11:52 AM
ph0rk     
I'm not sure I really see the appeal over a regular motorcycle.

13 Dec 2012 11:52 AM
TheGreatGazoo     
For $10,000 I'd seriously look at one. For $20,000 not so much.

For $20,000 you can have a Scion IQ, Fiat 500, or smart car + gas for several years.

13 Dec 2012 11:52 AM
Hot Carl To Go     
Very cool idea.

I'll just take another FZ1. More fun, half the price, greater field of vision. Not all weather though.

13 Dec 2012 11:52 AM
merkinpeeble     
"New" idea, "breaks the rules" that's "disrupting the automotive space:"

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13 Dec 2012 11:52 AM
sp86     
I wonder how it handles in the snow.

13 Dec 2012 11:52 AM
dofus     

RTOGUY: Can it handle a 3' snowdrift?


A FWD Jeep can't handle a 3' drift unless the driver *really* knows what he/she is doing.

13 Dec 2012 11:52 AM
sinanju     
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13 Dec 2012 11:52 AM
BHShaman     
Completely Original. Yep.

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13 Dec 2012 11:53 AM
Grapple     

RTOGUY: Forget the side impact concern I'd like to know how he thinks it is capable of driving in "all weather". Anybody that lives anywhere with four distinct seasons has to look at that and wonder how it is going to handle any amount of snow. It doesn't tip over? Gee that's great! Can it handle a 3' snowdrift? Because that is my reality for at least half of the year.


San Francisco... not much snow in their forecast EVER.

13 Dec 2012 11:53 AM
offmymeds     
We've got quite a few people here where I live that drive tiny, tin-can deathtraps like this. One good smash on the driver's side door, the hood or anywhere else and you're toast.

13 Dec 2012 11:53 AM
SuperChuck     
I wanna know where subby shops that has carts that look like that.

13 Dec 2012 11:53 AM
pastorkius     
The type of revolutionary design that will turn the world upside down!
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Couldn't link to an upside down Robin pic... all the sites hosting them were websensed.

13 Dec 2012 11:53 AM
Canton     

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Nabb1: hillbillypharmacist: "Safety of a car"?
I'm gonna need to see some test results on that.

Yeah, that looks like a deathtrap, especially in a side-impact collision.

Having done over $6000.00 damage to a Jeep Wrangler, I was thinking of animal collisions

/deer, specifically
//frikkin deer


Deer? I'm not sure that thing would survive an impact with a raccoon.

13 Dec 2012 11:54 AM
pastorkius     

pastorkius: The type of revolutionary design that will turn the world upside down!
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Couldn't link to an upside down Robin pic... all the sites hosting them were websensed.


Bah! Beaten!

13 Dec 2012 11:54 AM
BTing     
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13 Dec 2012 11:54 AM
cgraves67     
Not a bad concept, but I'd let the early adopters take a go at it first. If it lives up to the hype and survives the lawsuits, I won't laugh at them anymore.

13 Dec 2012 11:54 AM
starlost     
it is classified as a motorcycle
do you have to get a motorcycle license?
its been a long time but is the dmv test geared to something like this? i mean the balance test and driving through a slalom, figure 8,and all that? i can see either the dmv guy having to move the cones around every time one of these shows up. or if i owned a hipster motorcycle dealership i'd keep one of these on hand so your first time bike owner customers can borrow it and pass their test with it.

13 Dec 2012 11:54 AM
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