Hackmobile wins Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge

Article by Anita Panait, on January 2, 2014

The Hackmobile – created by Twin Cities Maker members Jon Atkinson, Becca Steffen, Riley Harrison and Michael Freiert – was chosen as the winning design in the Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge. The contest, which is presented by Ford Motor Co. and MAKE magazine, featured 10 teams aiming to create the ultimate Ford Transit Connect Wagon for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. The creators’ idea was to design a Ford Transit Connect Wagon that will transport a three-axis CNC machine they call “The Fabber,” a multipurpose tool in fabricating. Aside from The Fabber, Hackmobile will have shelving and storage for tools – transforming the vehicle into a mobile workshop for woodworking, metalworking and 3D fabrication.

Twin Cities Maker is a non-profit community organization operating the Hack Factory, in which members could build projects out of various materials and hold classes for the community. “The Blue Oval has always been about innovation, and that do-it-yourself spirit is alive and well today,” remarked Sherry Kollien, Ford SEMA vehicle project manager.

She added that “the sky is the limit” with vehicles like Ford Transit Connect, She also said that they are excited to surprise the Hackmobile team by turning their dream vehicle into a reality.  The 10 teams were provided a budget and specific design and build criteria to work with before they could submit their proposal.

The teams were encouraged to define a particular vision for the ultimate do-it-yourself Ford Transit Connect Wagon. The public was allowed to vote once a day for as few or as many entries as they liked. The 2014 Ford Transit Connect features class-leading configuration options and will be available early next year.

It was named International Van of the Year 2014. Because of its versatility, Ford referred to the 2014 Transit Connect as owners’ moment of Vandemonium. The 2014 Ford Transit Connect is available in two unique models – the traditional, panel-side hauler cargo van, and the stylish and fuel-efficient wagon model. [source: Ford]

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