Electronics Press Release) Metra’s newest show vehicle –
the ElecTrick Civic – electrified 2006 International CES, attracting
media attention that included coverage by CNN and Fox News. Created
by Jeremy Carlson, Metra’s in-house customization visionary, the
revolutionary ElecTrick drew crowds and created headlines for its
convention-defying design and total leap-of-imagination method of
As a showpiece for Metra’s mastery of car customization and
manufacturing prowess, the ElecTrick delivers beyond the wildest
expectations of mere mortals. No longer bearing much resemblance to
its original 1994 hatchback self, the ElecTrick lives up to its name
since its gas engine has been replaced with a seven horsepower
electric motor powered by eight Tsunami batteries.
The ElecTrick incorporates 21 TV screens, including two MFDM20HP
20-inch roof-mount color monitors with a TV tuner mounted from the
hatch and fed content from six DVD players and two on-board cameras.
Tsunami car sound accessories and Install Bay installation
accessories are used throughout. Its powerful 6,000 watt sound
system features JBL equipment.
While there are demo cars that have joined the tuner and I.C.E.
worlds, the ElecTrick crosses over to appeal to the vast army of
video gamers with its one-on-a-kind PSP programmed to control the
car’s functions. Aurora Multimedia wrote software using its WACI IP
Control System. The WACI interface can be accessed from a 10.4"
Touchpanel (Aurora's IBZ-1040W) or from a Sony PSP.
The WACI offers the ability to turn all of the car’s lighting on and
off, turning left/right, gas pedal, brakes, horn, opening and
closing doors, headlights, blinkers and volume – as well as control
the TV screens and their content. The electric motor and some clever
wiring even allow the car can be driven remotely via Wi-Fi using the
PSP or touch panel.
There’s no steering
wheel or pedals – just the PSP, an Aurora IBZ-1040W 10.4" touch
panel mounted into the dash, and an analog joystick. Aurora’s Vin
Casale performed the inspired programming tasks.
In addition to garnering plenty of ink and video footage from the
traditional media, the PSP angle has made the ElecTrick an instant
superstar in the gaming world. Widespread coverage on video gaming
websites and comments on forums and message boards is taking Metra’s
multimedia madness customization to a new level of interest and