Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Trip to ATG in California

Trip to ATG in California

Last week Local Motors lead engineer Dave Riha was out in California with ATG (Automotive Technology Group) to work on some components for the Rally Fighter.

The main goal of this trip was to make the discussion between body tooling design and engineering more cohesive. We wanted to make sure our vision for the Rally Fighter was not lost. Dave, with support from the Local Motors team worked on the following components which will be explained in subsequent entry's:

  • windshield wipers
  • grill and bumper/nose
  • quarter panels
  • cowl
  • door liner
  • door jam
  • trunk liner
  • window track extrusions
  • weather strips

Through the work Dave did while in California we gained valuable insight to how ATG's body design process works. Just learning their style of working and their typical schedules helped us greatly with our work with them. Being there in person improved the effectiveness of the work since up until this trip everything had been done by email or phone.

Our own internal communication effectiveness also improved through this trip. We had to prepare multiple diagrams everyday to support Dave and his effort. Any mistake would have cost us time and money since we are on a tight schedule and Dave was only in California for a little over a week. Without good communication the work accomplished would have been impossible.

Dave said that after leaving he was confident that ATG was left with enough foresight to work in the right direction - towards our vision. This confidence in a contractor is crucial especially considering the Rally Fighter's fast time to market.

Check out this cool video of the wiper path:


Thanks ATG!

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