空中英语教室:20110207 MP3在线课程 The Rally Fighter

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The Rally Fighter

A whole new way of building cars

Though it might look like an ordinary sports car, the Rally Fighter is anything but average. The US$50,000 off-road, street-legal racer was designed by an online community, making it the world's first open-source car design to reach production. That makes the Rally Fighter more than just an ingenious idea; it's a whole new way of making cars. And for Local Motors, the company that builds it, the racer is just the beginning.

The Rally Fighter versus the auto industry

Today, most people drive cars produced by large automakers. These companies spend huge amounts of time and money developing vehicles that are suitable for mass production.Theoretically, this process results in safe, well-engineered cars that normal people can afford.Unfortunately, developmental costs also mean automakers can't effectively take customer feedback into account in their designs.

Local Motors is challenging the automakers' model with a unique developmental process that combines professional engineering with the input of an online community. When moving cars from the drawing board to production, Local Motors takes less time and incurs lower costs than larger companies.

 

赛车斗士

制造汽车的全新方式

「赛车斗士」(暂译)尽管看起来就和普通跑车没两样,然而它绝不平凡。 这辆价值五万美元、既能越野又能合法行驶在街道上的赛车,是由一个线上社群所设计,成为全球首辆透过共享资源设计并出产的汽车。这让「赛车斗士」不仅是有原创性的概念而已,更成为制造汽车的全新方式。对制造公司「本地汽车」(暂译)而言,这辆跑车还只是个开端。

赛车斗士与汽车产业比一比

时下,绝大多数民众开的车都是由汽车大厂所生产的。这些公司投资大量的时间与金钱研发适合量产的汽车。照理说,这样的产程应当可以制造出安全、精心设计的汽车,而且一般人都买得起。可惜的是,研发成本也意味着车厂无法在设计时有效考量顾客所回馈的意见。

本地汽车公司独特的研发过程结合了专业设计与线上社群的意见,挑战了一般车厂的制造模式。这个方法让该公司得以在更短的时间内设计(译注:drawing board为制图板,指绘制汽车款式的纸上作业,引申为设计)生产汽车,而且成本要比汽车大厂来得低。

 

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