Video: Ford will build Hackmobile out of Transit Connect Wagon

December 27th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

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A rendering of the Hackmobile, a mobile fabrication shop in a Ford Transit Connect

What you see in the above image is a rendering of the Hackmobile Transit Connect Wagon. What is that? It’s a “mobile fabrication and hacking unit” that includes tools for metal- and woodworking, 3D and electronics fabrication, a three-axis CNC machine called “The Fabber,” a video projector and screen, an air compressor, an 84×48-inch work surface that folds out like a Murphy bed and oh so much more. When not in use, all of the implements fold neatly into the back of Ford’s award-winning van.

But perhaps the more important question is why is that? Because Make Magazine held an Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge in conjunction with Ford in which ten teams created were charged with creating “the ultimate Ford Transit Connect Wagon for the do-it-yourself enthusiast.” Team Twin Cities Maker won the competition with the Hackmobile, and in addition to winning $10,000, Ford has declared it’s actually going to build the thing – which is great, because if they can actually engineer a road-legal Hackmobile Transit Connect Wagon as envisioned, the inevitable A-Team movie reboot might need to think about including it.

Check out the video below for a cheeky walk-through of the Hackmobile, and get all the particulars in the press release below that.

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