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Ingenious - A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America-logo

Ingenious - A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America

Jason Fagone

In 2007, the X Prize Foundation announced that it would give $10 million to anyone who could build a safe, mass-producible car that could travel one hundred miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gas. The challenge attracted more than one hundred teams from all over the world, including dozens of amateurs. Many designed their cars entirely from scratch, rejecting decades of thinking about what a car should look like. Jason Fagone follows four of those teams from the build stage to the final race and beyond-into a world in which destiny hangs on a low drag coefficient and a lug nut can be a beautiful talisman. The result is a gripping story of crazy collaboration, absurd risks, colossal hopes, and poignant losses. In an old pole barn in central Illinois, childhood sweethearts hack together an electric-powered dreamboat, using scavenged parts, forging their own steel, and burning through their life savings. In Virginia, an impassioned entrepreneur and his hand-picked squad of speed freaks pool their imaginations and build a car so light that you can push it across the floor with your thumb. In West Philly, a group of disaffected high school students come into their own as they create a hybrid car with the engine of a Harley motorcycle. And in Southern California, the early favorite-a start-up backed by millions in venture capital-designs a car that looks like an alien egg. Ingenious is a joyride. Fagone takes us into the garages and the minds of the inventors, capturing the fractious yet beautiful process of engineering a bespoke machine. Suspenseful and bighearted, this is the story of ordinary people risking failure, economic ruin, and ridicule to create something vital that Detroit had never pulled off. As the Illinois team wrote in chalk on the wall of their barn, "SOMEBODY HAS TO DO SOMETHING. THAT SOMEBODY IS US."

In 2007, the X Prize Foundation announced that it would give $10 million to anyone who could build a safe, mass-producible car that could travel one hundred miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gas. The challenge attracted more than one hundred teams from all over the world, including dozens of amateurs. Many designed their cars entirely from scratch, rejecting decades of thinking about what a car should look like. Jason Fagone follows four of those teams from the build stage to the final race and beyond-into a world in which destiny hangs on a low drag coefficient and a lug nut can be a beautiful talisman. The result is a gripping story of crazy collaboration, absurd risks, colossal hopes, and poignant losses. In an old pole barn in central Illinois, childhood sweethearts hack together an electric-powered dreamboat, using scavenged parts, forging their own steel, and burning through their life savings. In Virginia, an impassioned entrepreneur and his hand-picked squad of speed freaks pool their imaginations and build a car so light that you can push it across the floor with your thumb. In West Philly, a group of disaffected high school students come into their own as they create a hybrid car with the engine of a Harley motorcycle. And in Southern California, the early favorite-a start-up backed by millions in venture capital-designs a car that looks like an alien egg. Ingenious is a joyride. Fagone takes us into the garages and the minds of the inventors, capturing the fractious yet beautiful process of engineering a bespoke machine. Suspenseful and bighearted, this is the story of ordinary people risking failure, economic ruin, and ridicule to create something vital that Detroit had never pulled off. As the Illinois team wrote in chalk on the wall of their barn, "SOMEBODY HAS TO DO SOMETHING. THAT SOMEBODY IS US."
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In 2007, the X Prize Foundation announced that it would give $10 million to anyone who could build a safe, mass-producible car that could travel one hundred miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gas. The challenge attracted more than one hundred teams from all over the world, including dozens of amateurs. Many designed their cars entirely from scratch, rejecting decades of thinking about what a car should look like. Jason Fagone follows four of those teams from the build stage to the final race and beyond-into a world in which destiny hangs on a low drag coefficient and a lug nut can be a beautiful talisman. The result is a gripping story of crazy collaboration, absurd risks, colossal hopes, and poignant losses. In an old pole barn in central Illinois, childhood sweethearts hack together an electric-powered dreamboat, using scavenged parts, forging their own steel, and burning through their life savings. In Virginia, an impassioned entrepreneur and his hand-picked squad of speed freaks pool their imaginations and build a car so light that you can push it across the floor with your thumb. In West Philly, a group of disaffected high school students come into their own as they create a hybrid car with the engine of a Harley motorcycle. And in Southern California, the early favorite-a start-up backed by millions in venture capital-designs a car that looks like an alien egg. Ingenious is a joyride. Fagone takes us into the garages and the minds of the inventors, capturing the fractious yet beautiful process of engineering a bespoke machine. Suspenseful and bighearted, this is the story of ordinary people risking failure, economic ruin, and ridicule to create something vital that Detroit had never pulled off. As the Illinois team wrote in chalk on the wall of their barn, "SOMEBODY HAS TO DO SOMETHING. THAT SOMEBODY IS US."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adam Verner

Length:

12h 7m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

08:34


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

30:46


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

46:00


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

32:21


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

33:34


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

11:09


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

43:34


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

14:41


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

18:47


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

32:04


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

23:32


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

29:05


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

36:28


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

39:50


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

37:14


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

12:22


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

15:24


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

21:30


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

23:10


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

21:35


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

23:03


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

29:41


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

24:19


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

24:37


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

31:45


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

18:52


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

42:48


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

00:44