What if the only difference between the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the average gearhead coming up with new vehicles—beyond access and budget—is just seeing things through?
Designs a new body, modifies it to sit on an existing platform, then mixes and matches available powertrains to deliver the desired performance.
Looks at rolling shell, selected for its platform attributes, then mixes and matches available powertrains to deliver the desired performance.
Sure, OEMs have hundreds of full-time employees dedicated to each step of the process, and an endless supply of whatever parts and tooling they might need—such is the power of scale—but at the end of the day, it’s still just gearheads mixing and matching parts, trying to make things work.
If you build it, will they come? Only one way to find out.