Everything was born back in 2010 with a project called Not P1a roadster-type sports car that the constructor planned to make together Hector Perez and the Highway Tourism pilot and businessman, Laureano Bellman.
The dream of reviving the special cars that were all the rage in the 1970s began to fade from the 1980s with the duty-free opening for imported cars and, in 1990, it had its coup de grace when its patenting was prohibited for circulate as private cars with registration.
Thus died an industry that at that time had positioned itself very well in the Argentine market, with coachbuilders who transformed series cars or with builders who made their own designs. The most famous is probably Tulio Crespi, who came to exhibit a Tulia and a Tulieta at the Paris Salon in 1975.
The Donto P1 project did not advance much beyond 2013 because its production would be more utopian than possible. It would be a project for a car to be used on closed tracks because the artisanal car bill was more of a good intention than a reality with signs of advancing at the legislative level.
Newly In 2014, the long-awaited law was passed that would allow this industry to start producingalthough for political reasons and a change of government in between, Only in 2018 was it regulated largely thanks to the intervention of Osvaldo “Cocho” López, who managed to give him the push that the Association of Independent Automobile Builders of the Argentine Republic (ACIARA) needed.
Héctor Pérez then took up the pending project, now independently, and thus Rauda Automobiles was born, the company that would manufacture the “Díscolo”, first handcrafted car of this competition constructor that shone in TC2000 and Road Tourism building winning cars, and even designed the current car used in the Formula Renault 2.0.
“The process of starting over was not easy. Beyond that we had the legislative framework, we had to do a number of procedures that take up a lot of time and take a long time. It is much more than designing and manufacturing a car, which is what we like to do”remember in his talk with Infobae.
“We had to do paperwork at the National Road Safety Agency (ANSA), in the National Directorate of Automotive Property Registry (DNRPA), you have to register as a manufacturer, as an automotive company, you have to register with the SAE to have the international VIN number, there is safety issues to allow a car to circulate on the streets, a lot of legal issues that are necessary but that make everything take a long time. To make matters worse, this project was born in the midst of a pandemic, making everything slower and more difficult. It took two years of procedures and homologations to obtain the patent of the first Discolo”comment the constructor.
While all this was taking place, the design began to become the prototype, because later corrections and reforms would appear. Some of the evolution of a project in its testing phase and others motivated by some regulations that impose certain measures. Before being homologated, three mechanical tests must also be fulfilled. One for structure load, one for braking and one for slalom. And finally comes the Initial Technical Review (ITR) which is like a conventional technical verification but much more complex and deep. And that is the key, because only after that step can the registration to patent the vehicles be made.
“The car was an idea that was made as a racing car. Reading the regulation. Because if you start backwards it takes you longer to correct things. For example, it does not have a windshield, so it must be used with a helmet, but the explanation lies in the number of things that must be incorporated if a windshield is fitted, such as windshield wipers, sun visor, defogger and electric windshield washer. Without a windshield, you are forced to wear a helmet. And since it is something that can be placed in a second instance if I see that the market asks for it, I decided not to complicate the initial project unnecessarily. It’s more kilos, more keys, more electricity, more fuses. Putting a windshield involved 21 technical items that were added to the car”Perez explains.
The car that was homologated and with which all the tests were done has a generic engine 2.0-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that delivers 170 hp at 6,500 RPM. A box of 5-speed manual gearboxtransmits power only to the rear wheelswhich are of a very interesting size 225/40 R18. the dimensions of the Rogue Swift they say he has one wheelbase of 2,610 mm and a width of 1,846 mmand it is very light, just 680 kg in running order.
To the structure that has been presented, a side finish and a dashboard with a more elaborate design and a front that is already under construction, and that can be seen in the “Render” photo that accompanies the note, will be added. The definitive mechanics is yet to be determined and for this a lot has to do with the current situation of import quota and availability of foreign exchange that the Argentine economy is going throughbut the base is the one that has the current prototype, although no agreement has yet been closed with any factory.
“The goal was always for the Wayward to compete with the early access UTVs, but the current situation of the economy complicated my outlook and now we are seeing how the market will look when everything is rearranged a bit. Tires, in fact, are up nearly 300% in dollar terms. There is a very changing and changed scenario since we started the car in 2020. That is the reality. So you have to wait a bit of time to define some things. The engine, for example, also conditions the electronics and the exhausts. It is not as simple as it seems”says the creator of the Discloser.
So, a question that cannot be avoided is whether, faced with such a complex scenario, is it not a good option to think of an electric Rebeleven taking advantage of manufacturing handmade electric cars that are made one by one manually, It is a worldwide trend.
“The subject turns around in my head all the time. But there is still a lot to evolve with the batteries here in Argentina and at this time they cannot be imported. It is not a closed issue, far from it, but depending so much on imported supplies, it is almost impossible today. Because it is expensive and difficult to bring”Perez says.
But the project is finished and the Rauda Díscolo only needs to define the mechanics and start production on demand. “Under the Law on artisanal cars, 100 cars can be manufactured per year and it is a logical number because it is a very simple car”says the father of the child.
It is not a simple company from any aspect, although curiously, the least complicated thing for these mechanical entrepreneurs is to make the car itself. The capacity of Argentine engineering is praised throughout the world, there are plenty of examples. As well as Hector Perez, Tulio Crespi, Michael Aliceand several more, the dream of building their own cars and seeing them on the streets, has much more personal than economic flavor, although it could well be that both things can go hand in hand.