MAX Update No. 17: No Business Like Show Business

| 11/19/2008 4:53:29 PM

Tags: MAX, Auto X Prize, Brink, gas mileage, 100 mpg,

Wow, I'll tell you, the only people crazier than camera people are stunt performers ... and that's not by much.

Last week, we had a crew from the Science Channel at the shop (which is why you're not getting the promised wind-tunnel-without-a-wind-tunnel update 'till next week), shooting a piece for Brink.


MAX on Brink TV 


What's Brink? Beats me, I've never seen it. I don't get cable and besides, the series isn't on yet. From what they tell me, it's about people and things on the brink of scientific achievement. MAX is just the sort of thing they're looking for, so they ended up on our doorstep.

It appears the show is rather personality-driven, and the ideal personality for Brink is a low-budget mad scientist. I'm good for two out of three (I'm still a little weak on the 'scientist' part), so I fit right in.

Jack McCornack
12/2/2008 12:28:36 PM

Plans, probably, components, probably not. The components will be available from Kinetic Vehicles ( and indeed the plans and components are on the Kinetic Vehicles site already if the Lotus 7 look suits you and you can get by with 60 to 70 mpg. However, there's still body work to do before we hit super high mileage numbers, so stay tuned.

Tom Boscher
11/28/2008 4:03:59 PM

Max is great. Will components be made available through Mother Earth News? The chassis looks very similar to a circa 1970s kit car based on Lotus 7 which was to have a Pinto 2000cc engine versus the diesel in Max.

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