Fate-Mobile 3: About Project-Fate
From the old blog:
Team Fate Racing Consortium
“Old fatemobile’s never die, they just blow smoke”
Project Fate is a blog dedicated to keeping track of the rebuild of Fate-mobile.
Back in the 1970’s, a certain Dr. Andrew Frank (now recognized as the god-father of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) and his friends decided to take a late model Corvair turbo engine and put it on a frame that weighed like nothing. After many welded pieces of borrowed electrical conduit, recycled parts from the Corvair donor car, and lots of ingenious engineering with dirt cheap parts, fate-mobile 1.0 was born. Rumors has it that the original fate-mobile 1.0 was crashed, and many design revisions later, fate-mobile 2.0 came around. The original intent of the car was to build a vehicle that would break track records with the least amount of money spent. They succeeded.
Now, this all happened in Wisconsin.
Fast forward 30 years, Dr. Andrew Frank is now a professor at the University of California, Davis. He also happened to bring along his many innovations, such as a Ford Pinto hybrid flywheel car (this car was from the 70’s), an old Porsche, two Fiats, and of course, Fatemobile. Dr. Frank also brought along the name of his old team: Team-Fate.
Team-Fate was conceived by Dr. Andrew Frank in 1965. It is the name given to Frank’s vehicle design group for more than 25 years. The name was derived from the 1960’s feature film The Great Race, in which Professor Fate continuously strives to thwart his opposition, never giving up, never surrendering. Since its conception Team Fate has produced a number of advanced concept vehicles and control designs.
2007, this is where we come in. Besides working on our current plug-in hybrid (Trinity, a 2005 Chevy Equinox converted to Dr. Frank’s plug-in hybrid powertrain design), a few speed-junkie members decided to spend our normally-not-working-in-the-lab Sundays to once again, revive Fate-mobile.
Although the technology may be 30 years old, it still is a fast car.