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INTERVIEW: Edison2’s Chief of Design Ron Mathis
Inhabitat: What are you most proud of with regards to the competition and with your team’s performance?
Ron: I’m enormously proud of our team and the cars we have designed. For me personally, the proudest moment is when someone who understands what they’re looking at says “nice job”.
Inhabitat: What have you struggled with during the competition? Design problems, production, racing, issues with the actual competition itself, or something else?
Ron: All of the above! It’s never easy to do a car, especially one that breaks as much new ground as the Very Light Car, but overcoming problems is what we do at Edison2. We like to think we have done so elegantly.
Inhabitat: What do you think of your competitors? Who do you think is doing an good job or has a really great design?
Ron: There’s a respect between the competitors in the X-Prize, and rightly so, because we all understand what the other guy had to do to be there. They are all brave efforts from some clever and hardworking people. There is something to learn from each competitor’s car.
Inhabitat: If you could start over, (assuming you had the money…) what would you do differently?
Ron: Does that include knowing what I know now? If it does, we would do a similar car but it would be nicer still and a generation closer to being available to buy.
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