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Macchina So Far

Who we are:

Several years ago, a group of friends decided to build an electric car. More specifically, we decided to convert an old Ford Contour to electric by replacing the existing gasoline motor with an electric motor and the fuel tank with batteries. We quickly realized that a major obstacle was communication with (i.e. tricking) the various computer within the car. We wanted the gears in the automatic transmission to shift at the ideal time, the fuel gauge to display battery capacity and generally wanted our “new” car to perform exactly how we wanted.


What is Macchina?

Macchina is a key to unlock the control center of your car. Once you are in, Macchina can then be used to make changes and tweaks to your car. You can do anything from simple projects like stopping that annoying ding to more complex upgrades like unlocking more horsepower or improving fuel economy. Macchina arrives to you as a blank key - you have to cut it yourself. Learning how to cut that key (reverse engineering, writing code, and plain-old tinkering) is the fun and challenging part, but don't worry you can do it, because a community of car nerds already exists.


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