#1 By: Cory Doctorow, October 26th, 2013 15:57
#2 By: Brian Sizemore, October 26th, 2013 16:26
I hate to break it to you, but the perfect car that meets all those criteria is a VW Beetle.
Mechanically simple, easy to fix, can run in any environment just about, and can modified with a rear bed.
#3 By: Sign Ahead, October 26th, 2013 16:38
I'm pretty sure that a VW Bug doesn't meet the first item on the list:
"1. It is built in Suame Magazine, from locally crafted, refurbished and used parts from different brands of (discarded) cars"
#4 By: Thalie Partridge, October 26th, 2013 20:39
These guys should hookup with the bush mechanics! www.bushmechanics.com
#5 By: Andrew Singleton, October 26th, 2013 22:34
On the one hand I like the idea. A no frills easy to scrounge parts for vehicle that uses existing material ratherthan new bits and pieces. On the other I'm not sure what performance and reliability are like.
#6 By: galaxies, October 26th, 2013 23:06
confused about how you run an engine designed to be controlled by ECU 'mechanically' but rock on !! wouldn't mind them africa-izing & making more durable my suspension!
#7 By: Thom S, October 27th, 2013 02:14
Probably just me being over-sensitive, but the phrase "African concept car" gets my hackles up immediately. Because obviously Ghana = Africa
#8 By: Ipo Nokaoi, October 27th, 2013 05:18
Not sure what about that phrase ups your hackles.
Because Ghana isn't populated by Carthaginians?
How do you feel about European cars? Wolfsburg = Europe?
#9 By: Raybert, October 27th, 2013 05:18
Well, sorry, "Former British Colony at the Gulf of Guinea Concept Car" simply doesn't work for me. Doesn't even make a cool acronym.
#10 By: Raybert, October 27th, 2013 05:32
At the moment, Volkswagen ist made up of:
Bentley (Yes, Bentley. BMW bought Rolls Royce Motorcars, not to be confused with the guys who make the turbines.)
Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge (Lorries and stuff)
Porsche (Porsche tried to take over VW recently, but the scheme backfired and VW ended up controlling Porsche.)
That's pretty much of Europe...
#11 By: Thom S, October 27th, 2013 05:56
How hard would it have been to call it a Ghanian concept car though? Its like going to Argentina, building a train and talking about it in terms of being 'all-american': strictly true, but useless when talking about the guiding philosophy behind the design. And if we're going to start labeling broadly, then wouldn't this if be a European-African concept car as half of the team is Dutch?
I mentioned the oversensitive part, right?
#12 By: Raybert, October 27th, 2013 07:57
Yes, you did.
I guess whoever came up with the phrase was thinking along one of these lines:
1 It's a concept that would not only work in Ghana, but on the whole continent
2 Calling it a European-African or Dutch-African concept has colonialistic undertones
(2.1 technically it's The Netherlands)
(2.2 BTW, The Netherlands had colonies too)
3 There are more people who know what Africa ist than there are people who know what Ghana is
4 It just sounds cooler
[Yes, I'm actually sitting at my PC trying to get some work done, but procastrinating is so much easier...]
#13 By: Eric Hunting, October 28th, 2013 02:48
I hope it turns out better than the ill-conceived Africar project did. It does seem to have much more local sensibility to it. This could become the first practical open source automobile.
#14 By: Kris De Decker, October 28th, 2013 09:35
#15 By: Raybert, October 28th, 2013 13:59
#16 By: Cory Doctorow, October 31st, 2013 15:57
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