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I assume that General Motors / Pontiac gave him access to people and information when writing his Solstice book.

But did General Motors / Pontiac also financially support him and /or the Solstice book ?
 

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Not as far as I know. He is just an author that writes automotive books and I guess he has to pick subjects that will sell.

Personally, even though I own the first (and only( edition, I'd have jumped at an update and would have bought the book all over again in a minute!

They bring between $100 and $200 now as used books!

Witzenburg has done books on Camaros, Mustangs, etc.
 

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One thing we wanted was the hood that opened like a Jaguar XKE and other sports cars of that era, because that always adds magic to the vehicle. But when you swing open a hood like that, everything underneath is exposed . . . . everything had to be aesthetically evolved and designed on the go as the car was being built.


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After Lutz and Pontiac decided to built the Solstice showcar, construction began immediately at GM Special Projects. Mike Lyons and Roush Industrie started cobbling up a chassis on the "rotisserie", using fwd Delta parts


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We went to the GM parts bin for components for the showcar. The rear differential was borrowed from an awd Pontiac Aztek, the steering was Subaru Impreza WRX, the transmission was a Camaro six-speed, and most of the suspension came from the Buick Rendezvous


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A white-light scan of the clay model was used to create math data and quicly cut Kirksite toolsets to make the sheet metal panels. . . . That was a first and it was a really big-deal!


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Kirksite is a moderate strength zinc-base alloy that was developed primarily as a forming tool alloy. Dies cast from Kirksite provide low-cost tooling because the alloy can be accurately cast, requiring a minimum of finishing. It is a special alloy material less expensive than a real steel-mold, and you can get only a couple of stampings off of each tool
 

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Early Solstice packaging drawings explored the use of major structural components from a modified Delta platform


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Cars using Delta-1 platform:
2003–2007 Saturn Ion
2005–2010 Opel & Vauxhall Astra H, Saturn Astra
2005–2011 Opel & Vauxhall Zafira B
2005–2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
2005–2009 Pontiac G5, G4, and Pursuit
2006–2011 Chevrolet HHR
 

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Everybody was energized. We were lucky, because Bob Lutz realy liked the car, so they let us do what we had to do from a design perspective, and no one else got too involved.


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We needed to photograph something for the Solstice press kit, and the roadster wasn't actually finished until the night before the show. So we used the coupe for the pictures, which were then doctored to turn then into the roadster
 

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Lutz drove out the sexy Solstice roadster . . . . standing ovation from the media . . .he delivered his presentation . . . then he told the audience "I've got one more surprise for you". The curtain parted, and out rolled the metallic-orange Solstice coupe . . . the audience burst into applause


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The metallic orange Solstice coupe
 

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Frankly, like all the programs we want to pursue the litmus test will be how passionately people tell us they absolutely they have to have this car. At the end of the day, that's all that matters.


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2002 Detroit Auto Show
 

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Great shot of Franz checking the body of the bare aluminum Detroit 2002 showcar
 

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The Solstice was created from the seed of an idea and, in four months became an aluminum-bodies car that Lutz was able to drive onto a stage . . . this just does not happen. Not at GM. Not at any car company.


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2002 Detroit Auto Show: Bob Lutz and the aluminum-body car he just drove on stage
 

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So while the concept car traveled the show circuit . . . there where issues to be resolved . . production approval . . . funding, . . what architecture to use . . business case . . platform strategy . . do we design an all new platform . . . . take an existing front-drive floorplan . . . create a tunnel . . .


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Concept car traveling the show circuit. 2002 Concours D'Elegance at Amelia Island, Florida.
Source and more photos: https://www.solsticeforum.com/threads/157057/#post-2162575
 

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The orange coupe foam model was brought in for inspiration, and Ken Parkinson pulled the alumminum roadster off its busy show schedule and into the studio as often as possible


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In Kappa times Ken Parkinson was Design Exucitive, now he is Vice President, Design GM China
 

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The concept car stood much wider than its primary competitor, Mazda's MX-5 Miata, and would therefore end up heavier . . .requires more power . . .so there was a real concern . . . to meet the dynamic characteristics


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