|Originally posted by jmbishop:|
Not only would you run into legal issues but the proposed manufacturing by the OP isn't realistic. The frame was designed to be made from steel, making it in other materials makes no sense, they have different properties and would need to be engineered differently to suit the material. Tooling would be so expensive, it's just unattainable to even reproduce the steel.
The body mounts are important, other than that as long as the structure underneath fits under the body pannels and everything mechanical fits you're good, tube frame is easier to engineer and an obtainable build. Carbon fiber and aluminum both would have their own unique challenges.
Theoretically you could design a frame that is engineered from flat laser cut carbon fiber epoxied together. Without the right engineering you could easily be sacrificing rigidity and safety as well a not actually making a weight improvement. And it still wouldn't be cheap.
Ah No, not engineers ! Have you ever read about the minor engineering mistakes I have seen at GM?
1. 80s rear window, we called it the back light for that olds that had a almost square back window. the company, PPG or who ever it was GM contracted to make the windows hand a 95% rejection rate at the glass factory. then when we got the windows the engineers made the opening to large, we dropped pre urethaned glass right threw the hole, the engineers said it would fit in.
2. 80s door pads that got redesigned that the carrots were in places there where no holes, that all the repairmen including me on the line after the door pad install were given a bottle of super glue, (The size of a large bottle of Elmer's glue, that's how bad the problem was, not to mention the ones before they gave us the super glue to bandage the mistake until we got new doors made. instead of drilling a new hole where it needed to be. we had an entire line filled with those doors and door pads all the way from the body shop to the trim department where we put the back light and windshield in as well as the door pads.
I have seen literally dozens of engineering mistakes made by GMs engineers. Can you imagine a small car manufacturer even being able to absorb mistakes like that, that every car maker has made over the years?
It is a nice idea, but between start up costs, licencing fees to the original company for all those things they have like emblems, sure the emblems could be made by them, but at what cost between all those little fees, which wouldn't be small by any means.
GM still owns all those things even if they did dump the Pontiac brand.
Hey I would love to see new Fiero's as well, I just don't think anyone but a huge company or someone like I said before Carol Shelby or other rich folks could even attempt that.
First cars off an assembly line cost hundreds of thousands of dollar each to build just to pay the line workers for any car company because it takes time to get it right.
Just my opinion, so unless trump or some other rich guy did this it ain't ever going to happen, and then just how much are they going to charge for them if they did make them?
You don't really think they are going to sell them at the cost they were back when they were made originally ether now do you?
[This message has been edited by 84fiero123 (edited 01-21-2016).]