Today we continue to count down the top milestones of 2015! In case you missed it, last week we announced the 4th largest milestone of 2015, which featured the awards we were proud to receive this year. Without further ado…
Number 3: The Elio Engine
Fitting a round peg into a square hole is not a perfect fit. Sure, you can force it to fit, but it is far from perfect. Maybe an octagonal peg provides an even easier fit, yet adequacy and perfection are rarely tantamount. For Elio Motors, the right peg was needed for the right hole, which is why we designed our own engine for our unique vehicle. Through demanded perfection, excellence can be achieved.
The last time a startup automotive manufacturer designed their own internal combustion engine was 1951. Harry Truman was the President of the United States, “I Love Lucy” was captivating audiences across the country, and the average cost of a new house was $9,000. In other words, it has been a very long time. Many automotive manufacturers have come and gone since 1951, yet it took over 60 years for a startup automotive company to design their own engine.
Enter Elio Motors.
The body of the Elio is a very distinctive hole, and the engine is a very specific peg. As the project began to gain traction, it became clear that in order to achieve Elio Motors’ lofty goals, the status quo would not satisfy. As Paul Elio said, “We are literally trying to reinvent the auto industry, so why go the conventional route and rework someone else’s engine? There really was nothing available that combined the speed and power that we want and our customers deserve. IAV came through with an outstanding execution of today’s best technology that will be a cornerstone to delivering a world-class vehicle.”
Successful partnerships require both parties to bring a unique skill set to the table. Steve Jobs had Steve Wozniak, John Lennon had Paul McCartney, and Elio Motors has IAV. IAV has designed engines for Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Bentley, and Bugatti, so they have demonstrated an ability to provide excellence. The understanding that compromise is unacceptable and that greatness is expected has made for a perfect partnership.
The engine that propels the Elio is a symbol of the project as a whole: it is designed for equal parts power and fuel-efficiency, with neither being a target for compromise. The 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine is designed to reach speeds over 100 MPH and achieve up to 84 MPG on the highway. Prior to the design and execution of the IAV engine, Elio Motors’ goals were unattainable. Now, those goals are more than realistic.
There is a reason it took 60 years for an automotive startup to design their own internal combustive engine. It is hard work. Elio Motors, however, was able to accomplish this ambitious goal through perseverance, rigorous work, and the right partner.
Check back on Thursday as we continue to count down the biggest milestones of 2015!