Engine Fastened to Chassis as P5 Build Rolls Along
Building a vehicle from the ground up is obviously no easy task. It takes vision, passion, great ideas and of course capital.
It also takes deep industry expertise. For Elio Motors, a significant portion of that expertise comes from our supplier partners. We are fortunate to work with some of the top supplier companies in the world, and we are doing everything we can to unleash their collective expertise and problem solving abilities on this project.
Our Supplier Summits provide an important venue for this deep and talented team to come up with new and innovative ideas that will ultimately get us to the finish line. Our most recent Supplier Summit was held last week in Troy, Michigan, about 20 miles north of the Motor City.
At the Troy summit, we were able to showcase one of the most important milestones in our development, while also highlighting just how important our suppliers are to our long-term success.
For the first time, we were able to attach our prototype engine to the P5 frame. For those people who have put blood, sweat and tears into Elio Motors’ development, it was an important sign of things to come.
Early on in Elio Motors’ development, Paul Elio and his team recognized that there was no current engine technology on the market that would meet the company’s needs. The Elio engine requires a combination of fuel efficiency and power that gets us to 84 MPG while maintaining performance characteristics on par with today’s vehicles. Elio Motors turned to IAV, one of the world’s pre-eminent engine builders, to design and build a new engine from the ground up.
IAV, like many of our suppliers, is a true global leader. The company has done work for the likes of Mercedes, Bentley and BMW and has un-paralleled technical expertise. Simply put, it is one of the most respected engine development companies in the world.
IAV and Elio Motors officially unveiled the first engine prototype on March 6, 2015. It was tested on a dynamometer, and then disassembled so each individual component could be analyzed. After making a few minor adjustments, another prototype engine was developed and assembled by IAV.
Adding the engine to the P5 chassis is one of the most exciting milestones we’ve hit this year and we’re happy to share that behind the scenes look with you today. We’re looking forward to rolling out the finished version of the P5 in the near future and ultimately to rolling these vehicles off the assembly line in Shreveport.