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The Fiber at the Speedkore: David Salvaggio and Lyle Brummer

COOL CARS AND SOME VERY NORMAL PEOPLE FROM THE LAND OF ED GEIN AND JEFFREY DAHMER.

The Gearheads grabbed a few valuable minutes of pre-SEMA Show thrash time to sit with David Salvaggio and Lyle Brummer of Speedkore. To say that we walked in as fans of their work would be understandable. Walking out of the studio as fans of their character and knowledge, well, that’s a no-brainer. Fantastically fun, intelligent and humble guys who are pushing the envelope with technology to build some of the coolest cars out there.

We dig into the business, the tech, the cars, and the carbon fiber in this informative, exciting and laid-back episode.

THINGS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The week-before-SEMA-Show thrash
  • The logistics of bringing five vehicles to the show
    – Last minute details and avoiding mishaps
    – Working with carbon fiber and the supply chain demands thereof
  • Discussing the early automotive influences of Dave and Lyle
    – Wisconsin is proving to be a fertile land for breeding hot rodders
    – David’s Grandfather came from Sicily in the early4-1900’s and built and raced cars at Indy (1929)
  • Lyle’s start in cars came later in life
    – Began with engineering and technology
    – Speedkore’s commitment to bringing in the next generation
  • On driving in snow
    – A pitch for the Jamaican Rally Car Team
  • The start of Speedkore
    –On building a scalable business model
    – The problem of sourcing and retaining talent
    – The benefits and advantages of carbon fiber parts and manufacturing them
  • Forays into the motion picture world
    – Providing cars for The Fast and Furious franchise
  • The Chris Evans Camaro
    – The Robert Downey Jr. connection
  • Return of cars as the great equalizer and common language
  • The great things about carbon fiber
  • A degree in Marketing VS working with your hands
  • Digging into the manufacturing and design process
  • On the value of experience over formal classroom time
    – Induction to the Society of Automotive Engineers on a fourth-grade education
  • Talking about the Evolution Charger that will debut next week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas
  • A discussion of design and the tactile experience
  • Advice for up-and-coming designers

 

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