Hi folks! My name is Matt Remenar and I am the program manager for the Solstice hardtop at EDAG. We are pleased to announce release of the EDAG Sportwagon hardtop at the SEMA show next week. We have shown our original show car at the 2006 NAIAS (Detroit auto show) and the 2006 Geneva Auto show in Switzerland. The vehicle at the SEMA show will be much closer to production intent as far as the design of the inner structure is concerned. I have attached a pdf of our brochure that contains more info about the hardtop.
I'll cover some of the general details below.
The hardtop is engineered and designed to an automotive OEM level.
The outer shell and inner structure are constructed using a process named RTM (Resin Transfer Molding). The end result is a fiberglass mat reinforced resin part that is molded with a dark grey sandable primer gel coat. Since this is an injection molding process, the surface quality on both sides of the part is very good, especially compared to a traditional open mold fiberglass layup. The resulting part is very strong and dimensionally stable.
The glass is OEM automotive quality real glass.
The headliner is constructed using OEM quality automotive materials.
We use automotive grade (coated for rust resistance) fasteners and bonded in steel reinforcements at all attaching points.
The hardtop should weigh approx. 115 lbs ( the decklid as removed weighs about 42 lbs)
The production deck lid is removed and the soft top can be stowed in the vehicle or removed completely. By removing the soft top completely, the storage is greatly increased, but the removal is a bit technically challenging and probably best left to a professional. The old jokes that getting it out isn't too tough, but the correct installation is the fun part.
We will start production in January 2007.
The price is $2499 plus taxes and shipping from Detroit, Michigan.
We will soon be taking orders at www.edag-us.com At this time, people will be able to fill out a form with their contact info so that we may provide more info as the start of production nears.
I am sure that there will be a number of detail items that are not completely covered above or in the attached pdf. Please feel free to reply to this thread with any questions and I will reply as quickly as I can.
A quick word about EDAG. We are a global transportation engineering company with offices in over 15 countries around the world. We specialize in provide engineering services to primarily the automotive and aerospace industries, but are active in all facets of transportation engineering.
This is an early annoucement for the members and visitors to the Solstice forum. When visiting www.edag-us.com (the website for our US office) it currently links to the site of our parent company in Germany (www.edag.com). Our US specific website featuring the Solstice hardtop and soon to come Sky hardtop should be up and running on October 31st.
If you are attending SEMA, please feel free to stop by booth 51267 (near Overhaulin') and say hi and take a closer look at our Solstice.
The Solstice is one of the best looking modern sportscar, so why spoil it? Either you like a sportscar (and accept the disadvantage of the little or not existing trunk) or if you need a "spacecar" then there are much better options.
I have to agree with curlylew66 on the bubble back look. (Nice work though).I don't like the bubble back window. I would love a hardtop but I don't want my car to look like a mini station wagon.
I want a hardtop that resembles the convertible top.
Just to make sure (sometimes you have to spell it out), I was not trying to dis the vendor, I just don't like it, plain and simple (I know, I used the "ugly stick" thang in the old thread).Please refrain from throwing cold water on this vendor's product. From the looks of it a great deal of design and engineering was involved. They would not be bringing it to market if they didn't feel there was a market for it. It might not be everyone's cup of tea but purchase of it is all voluntary.
Normally we just delete the negative posts in a thread like this but if I just zapped them nobody would know what I was talking about. The vendors pay to support the site and all the membership benefits from it. A product announcement thread is not the place to say something negative about the product(s).
Definitely on my wish list. I have always liked the long roof motif, but this one throws together two concepts that I particularly love:Our guys had the Solstice Safari theme (Pontiac Safari from the late 1950's) in mind during the design, hence the sport wagon look. This was originally created as a styling concept and show car. Our company does a few of these every year . We had some very positive feedback from the 2006 Detroit Auto show and the 2006 Geneva Auto show and decided to build a business case to see if we wanted to get into the aftermarket. EDAG is a global OEM based heavy engineering company and this is our first move (with the Sostice and Sky hardtops) into aftermarket in the US. If things go well, more interesting aftermarket items are to follow. Since we are a heavy engineering company, we will focus on items that are going to be something that not everyone else is doing. We want to build well engineered products for people that are looking for we engineered products.