FortuneSport Rt.S :: Building the American Super Car
FortuneSport Rt.S :: Building the American Super Car
A project to finance the completion of a sub-$100,000 sports car concept from a new American manufacturer.
A project to finance the completion of a sub-$100,000 sports car concept from a new American manufacturer. Read more
A LITTLE ABOUT FORTUNESPORT
FortuneSport was created in June 1995 by Teritius Fortune, a young soldier stationed in Germany. The company matured and focused on lightweight sports cars in response to the ever more massive offerings developed over the last decade.
Our first prototype, Arianne, was completed in 2003. The vehicle was a concept to gauge proportions and determine the practicality of advanced composite construction techniques in production of FortuneSport vehicles. These lessons were used in all subsequent vehicle designs.
After leaving the military, Teritius earned a degree in automotive engineering, then went to work for Elan Technologies, a member of the Panoz Group. He later worked as an engineer for BBS, a global wheel company, when a slowing economy forced layoffs. Because the original Rt.S prototype was almost complete and there was a strong network of financial backers, suppliers, and distributors in place, the time was right to establish the company as a full-time business. A deal was made to launch the vehicle at BBS' headquarters during the 10-hour/1,000 mile race, Petit Le Mans. A little over a month before the launch was scheduled, the stock market crashed and financing evaporated.
We were featured on the July 24, 2008, episode of Fast Lane Daily. http://youtu.be/bwNmprdl5mk?t=1m52s. We're not sure where the Will Smith plug originated, but that was inaccurate.
In November 2010, FortuneSport again prepared to launch the concept to the world and begin taking orders for customer vehicles. En route to the paint shop, the vehicle was involved in an accident that ruined the front end of the car. Responding to the feedback we received, we decided to move forward with a ground-up redesign of the concept.
FortuneSport will complete the new prototype by 31 March 2014 at which time we will move to the next phase of marketing.
LET'S BE CLEAR: FortuneSport has several vehicles above and below the $95,000 price point of the Rt.S. $600,000 is only to complete the tooling and intermediate development of the prototype. It is NOT intended to finance the entire crash-testing process.
WHO IS THE TEAM?
FortuneSport is comprised of a network of engineers and racing professionals who have undertaken the challenge of building a world class sports car. Together, they encompass over 95 years of motorsports experience.
Teritius Fortune :: Technical Director - with experience in vehicle construction, motorsports, and project management, Teritius is the team leader. He also determines the company's direction and has the final say in vehicle specifications.
Todd Lamb :: Lead Development Driver - A graduate of General Motors Institute, Todd has been a racer since age 10. He won the junior track championship in the junior karting division in 1985 before going on to larger accomplishments. Currently involved in the Grand-Am's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, SCCA Pro's Pirelli World Challenge series, and Canadian Touring Car, his experience to the team is invaluable.
Gary Bellamy :: composites technician - working in composites since 1986, Gary's career has spanned Lola Cars International, Elan Technologies, and with the now defunct USF1 team. He will be a critical part of the composites program from mold making to choosing composite materials.
Nazim Rashid :: Development driver/Bag Man - Nazim is FortuneSport's "go-to" man when it comes to all things business and IT. When not consulting in IT, he also serves as a development driver. He has 10 years experience in motorsports.
Talif Thomas :: mechatronics technician - Talif's experience reaches back two decades in the fields of mechanics, controls, and electrical. He is credited with updating the prototype's electrical system as well as integrating the control circuits for the traction control and antilock brake systems.
Thackery Harris :: Development driver - "Thack" has over 20 years driving experience on tracks such as Barber Motorsports Park, Talladega Gran Prix Raceway (Little Talladega), and Road Atlanta plus Deal's Gap, TN.
Other resources and personnel are contracted when necessary. This includes aerodynamicists, other racing drivers, mechanics, etc.
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE CURRENT PROTOTYPE?
The Rt.S Concept is drivable, however, the build is not as high as we desire. We are seeking funding to increase the build quality and improve the mechanical components that did not meet our design criteria.
The past three years have seen upgrades to the steering system and geometry, ergonomics, suspension design, engine modifications, and fuel system integrity. The cooling system efficiency has been increased, air conditioning installed, and vehicle electronics have been modernized.
WHY REDESIGN THE CURRENT PROTOTYPE?
When drafted in 2005, the Rt.S was a dramatic prediction of a sports car created in 2035. The gifted stylist, Emre Husmen, allowed FortuneSport to develop the vehicle in exchange for designer's credit. When shown to focus groups, however, the consensus was that although the styling was beautiful, it was repeatedly mistaken for another vehicle. We viewed this as a challenge and set about the task of maintaining the outline with a more unique, timeless, and elegant design solution.
HOW IS THE Rt.S CONCEPT DIFFERENT?
The vision of the FortuneSport Rt.S is to offer super car performance with a price tag that could be reached by those whose bank accounts fall short of the hyper rich. The vehicle has been designed for the motorsports enthusiast and it boasts a sensuous body that yearns to be driven.
Rt.S is more than a return of the minimalist vehicle; it is close to being a fully-crash tested race car. With its integrated steel roll structure, Rt.S could be driven to the track, win the race, and be driven home. Whereas most manufacturers develop racing versions of their sports cars, FortuneSport has developed a street car from the racer.
Boasting a 2,500 pound curb weight, over 425 horsepower, and two seats built into the chassis, this vehicle is not for the faint of heart. Traction control is standard. Anti-lock brakes are standard. Racing specification roll cage is standard. The driver is premium.
Base Price: $95,000 (target)
Power: over 425 bhp
Curb Weight: 2,500 pounds
0-60: 4.0 seconds
Top speed: 180+ mph
SPECIFICATIONS FOR GEARHEADS
Mid-engine, rear drive sports coupe with sequential 6-speed transaxle and pushrod front and rear suspension. Downforce-producing flat floor leading to a rear diffuser on an aluminum semi-monocoque chassis with carbon-kevlar front subframe. Standard TFT digital instrument panel, touchscreen navigation/infotainment system, and alcantara round out the interior. Carbon fiber/composite bodywork featuring butterfly doors. Bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running and stop/turn/marker lights. 19" wheels are standard as are 6-piston front calipers and 4-piston rear calipers. Optional 355mm carbon ceramic brake rotors.
If you didn't understand that, it means "the car is cool."
HOW WELL IS THE CONCEPT ENGINEERED?
Project Rt.S was designed to meet all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) including, but not limited to, airbags, rollover protection, and traction control. No expense has been spared with interpreting the FMVSS to encompass the spirit of a street legal racing car. To this end, the redesign will incorporate an FIA GT3-compliant roll cage in every vehicle.
Load testing and crash simulation have been completed, as well as aerodynamic testing. Final track testing will take place March and April 2014.
HOW WILL YOU COMPLETE THE CONCEPT?
While employed with Elan Technologies, Teritius Fortune was taught carbon fiber lamination techniques by ex-Formula 1 craftsman. This expertise will be applied to creating the new bodywork and optimizing the strength-to-weight ratio of individual components.
The first step of production is to finalize the interior and exterior design using computer aided drafting. These files are then emailed to a robotized milling machine that will cut precision parts from an epoxy material known as "tooling block" to create "plugs". These plugs are used to make the molds from which millimeter-perfect reproductions of the bodywork are cast in carbon fiber. This entire process occurs in less than six weeks.
An additional four weeks are required to ensure all mechanical components function as intended on street and track. Non-compliant parts will be redesigned and retested until all quality standards are met. Development will not end there, but will enable FortuneSport to effectively market the vehicle to consumers.
WILL YOU SHOW SKETCHES OF THE NEW DESIGN BEFORE THE UNVEILING?
Only to backers who opt for the Focus Group Pack at $1,500.
WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE APPAREL?
All apparel items will proudly and tastefully display the FortuneSport dragon logo and banner.
HOW WE DETERMINE THE TRACKS USED FOR REWARDS
In our rewards, we mention that the tracks will be determined based on the backer's location, so let us go into detail. Once the project has closed, we will look those who chose the Ride-Along Pack, Team Member Experience, and Test Driver Experience and cluster those winners by geographic location. For instance, if we have four backers in Philadelphia, nine backers in New Jersey, and 15 backers in New York, we will cluster those 28 backers and choose a track location that is easily accessible from their homes. Portland and Seattle will likely cluster together, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas will delineate a third cluster, and so on. Note: these are only examples.
Once we have chosen the track locations for these backers, those who chose the Been-There Pack will be informed of the nearest tracks where they can see the Concept in action.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE YOU FINISH THE CONCEPT?
A completed Rt.S concept enables FortuneSport to initiate the next step of its marketing campaign. This begins with taking deposits for vehicles, marketing the car to dealerships, and competing in motorsports, among other activities. Once this intermediate testing is complete, FortuneSport can further develop the Rt.S Concept, sell versions in Europe, and/or license the technology to specialist manufacturers.
Carbon McCoy for his exquisite super car photos.
Redmann for his open license to use "Solar Rush" as the background music.
Risks and challenges
FortuneSport is undertaking a unique and unprecedented project, one that any true gearhead will find inescapably intriguing.
Any concerns will be alleviated by knowing that the functioning prototype is drivable and only awaits bodywork, new wheels, and interior. With the engineering 85% completed (as evidenced by sketches and 3-dimensional drawings), FortuneSport needs only to overcome the financing hurdle.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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