Hello Martin, I wouldn't even be able to give you an ball park figure tbh, The STR was developed slowly over a number of years & in reality continues to evolve. The methods used for the STR were old school, the chassis was drawn in 2d CAD & the body was patterned by hand from an existing replica body. To do the same again we would be looking at using 3D CAD modelling for all the chassis components & would look to get the body work CNC modelled in foam which would take an immeasurable amount of labour out of the job & would guarantee symmetry as well. We would still make the moulds by hand but this is nowhere near as time consuming as the patterns. Sorry I can't be more help.
Your car looks execellent. I would budget around 10 million £ if you include a factory and stable work force. This is what we had to invest and you will also need to look at around 1 million per year for overheads, wages, proto work. If you want to fully homologate, you will need another 20million if you want to do frontal restraint and air bags as well as abs. I would stick to low volume and that can be achieveable at 10mill. The reality is that from Alias cad to real is a massive jump. Investors are a real headache.. You might as well look at crowd funding. My best suggestion is to make one car and love it and enjoy it. There are only a few of us left in the car world so do what you can to make it work!
I liked cars most as they move and take you to places and are beautiful to own. My story is not likely to be the same as snot others and neither should yours. Just do what you love. I don't go to work I go to love. Hope this helps. With crowd funding you can do it now. Just do everything yourself. Do the build and cad and shows. Get your hands dirty.. Well wear gloves like I do lol! Only a few of us left. Be one of them.
I will try and help where I can, but you have a good man there to do it. Crowd fund and make a 1/4 scale model is what I would do. Don't make a full proto as yet as it will be a massssssive job. UAE money is good if you find a non time waster. Best person for advice is Christian Koenigsegg but his story is as painful as mine. You have to bleed to be a success. That's what we told me 10 years ago.
I would say the other car(Grav80) is better looking. This is not good enough for what you want.. Also, the cost of making this car is so damn high. I would strongly advise making parts or tuning cars.. It's way nicer to make money and have a more robust business. You live cars ... I get that but it's a real money drain. Either sell the idea or look at crowd funding .. But use the other design
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Nice looking design. How far have you got with the substance of the design? Is it just a nice render or have you sorted full engineering design? Do you have a BoM yet?
Its hard to decide on a project without a full insight into 'where its at'. I am happy to sign and NDA, if you have one, so we can delve a bit deeper into the challenge.
You have picked a difficult niche to compete in. You can either end up in a 'Top Trumps' hypercar battle, or try and match the Evora niche. Both are difficult without huge levels of investment, as we have found with our own sportscar project, and I have several associates who have attempted a similar challenge with varying degrees of success.
One thing you have right, though, is the need for a 'team'. Get that right and a project becomes much more viable. Get it wrong, and it is very difficult. Putting the wrong people and/or investors into a project can wreck it.
I would try and steer clear of investors. Best get customers to pay for 'one offs' than trying to engage with risk averse investors. To do that, though, you need proof of concept. That, I guess, will be your first and biggest challenge.
Happy to discuss further if you are over this way (Oxfordshire) or in London at some point. Much as I would like a trip to Newtown, my schedule is pretty busy until the New Year.
Good luck with it and happy to assist if there is a viable plan to pursue.