One of the many unfortunate casualties of the financial apocalypse that is General Motors 2009 is loss of the Kappa platform. Kappa, for those who don't recall, is the small rear wheel drive platform that sits under the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. With both of those brands being discontinued and no plans to migrate any models over to the remaining brands, the slow-selling roadsters will simply disappear in the next few months.
Another disappointment to GM fans was the transformation of the Chevy Volt from concept to production form. The sporty, aggressive concept was to many eyes made too generic for production.
One of our readers came up with a novel solution to both problems. Just graft the Volt concept nose onto the Sky and install an adaptation of the Voltec powertrain and voila! you have a rival to the Dodge Circuit and Tesla Roadster. From a technical standpoint this is certainly possible. A battery pack could easily fit into the center tunnel with the drive motor mounted at the rear. Unfortunately there is almost no way this car will happen. GM is struggling to finance the development of volume models and a niche product like this just won't happen at this point. Perhaps if they can keep the tooling for the Kappas around for a couple of years it might be possible. One can dream, rightht? Thanks to reader Ryan for the tip and the rendering!