The Monterey Historic Automobile Races will include a debut lap or two of the prototype Fisker Karma plug-hybrid sedan. Fisker’s milestone dash from drawing-to-doorstep was the product of some non ego driven thinking. Don’t build a factory with huge overhead. Instead, farm out production to those who already build cars while keeping strategic thinking in house.
The Karma will be built on a contract basis by the Finnish company, Valmet, who proved itself as a contract builder with the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. The Karma will drive up to 50 miles on a charge but then use an on-board generator powered by a 2.0 liter 260-hp Ecotec General Motors engine. It should hit 60 in under six and will pull about $87,900 duckets from your dockers.
Karma is a powerful word to name a car, just ask Earl… you know from the hit NBC show. When you buy and drive this car, plan on getting some pretty special things that won’t be listed in the manual.
• Flat tires will be replaced by Bill Murry — like in Groundhog’s Day.
• The windows will never get dirty, so New York pan handlers can stick it.
• Police escort when you speed.
• No, no, better yet cops will simply smile and say “oh… that silly Karma is at it again.”
• Front row parking is yours at every valet stand.
• You get all the money from tip jars that say “good for karma” on them.
• Traffic parts like the red sea in front of you, then closes back up on the jackass who cut you off.
• The Karma takes video, writes down the license plate and reports to the police when someone door dings your car. Depending how bad it is, it will open a door and jack them back before healing itself.
• It automatically seeks out the music you want to listen to if you hold the steering wheel in a Spock like grip.
• Lemonade stands everywhere, crackerjack bands fill the air and there you are happy landing on a chocolate bar!
Fisker is now taking deposits.