Battery Powered Vehicles Earn Three Awards at Chicago World of Wheels!
[Chicago, Illinois} February 3, 2003. Netgain Motors, Inc's entered into its third year of competition at the International Show Car Association's (ISCA) Annual CarQuest "World of Wheels" car show held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on January 31 thru February 2.
This renown car show attracted over 480 competing and custom display vehicles. Over 180,000 people braved Chicago's inclement weather to view all the spectacular vehicles on display.
NetGain displayed two battery powered electric vehicles. Always a major crowd pleaser, the battery powered dragster, "Bad Amplitude" was on display. This unique electric vehicle was awarded two prestigious awards; Second Place Dragster and Best Engineered Vehicle.
NetGain's Crew Chief, John Spooner, was especially pleased when he learned of the vehicle again claiming the title of Best Engineered Vehicle. "As an engineering company, it is thrilling to have your peers recognize the engineering efforts that go into such an unusual vehicle. Winning this award three years in a row shows how impressed the judges have consistently been with our efforts." Spooner said.
NetGain also displayed a Ford Ranger pick-up truck that had been converted to an electric vehicle. The electric powered pick-up truck was awarded Third Place - Mini Pick-Up , a unique accomplishment when entered into a largely contested category with over 25 entries. This truck was converted to electric power as a class project by students at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. Sponsored by the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association (FVEAA), the conversion project was headed by NetGain's lead design engineer, John Emde. "We are proud of the students who completed this truck and FVEAA members who made this student project possible." Emde said.
"My favorite part of these shows is walking up to the kids gawking at the race car, then asking them if they want to sit in it." said Kevin Zak, vice president of NetGain. "We offer to take a free picture of people while sitting inside our dragster, then post it to our web site. The look on the kids faces as they sit inside a real race car is better that any award we have ever won," Zak said.
NetGain has established a collaboration with NASA to utilize some unique aerospace technology in their alternative fuel vehicles and anticipates widespread application in the near future; having a positive effect on the environment, fossil fuel reserves and the economic aspects of daily driving.
NetGain will continue to exhibit its vehicles at car shows across the Midwest and is anxiously waiting the start of the local racing season.
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