... we began the concept of 'Palomar' - the named derived from a telescope that could indeed see a 'whitestar' (tesla's seden concept at the time), or in other words a more radically efficient 4 wheel vehicle than Tesla or anyone would produce. But, like Tesla, Chris and I thought we needed our 'street cred' by at least shipping the three wheel typ-1 and only afterwards could we talk about a 4 wheel with any credibility.
Team B [Paul Wilbur and co] wanted to skip over that and go straight to the 4 wheel but they'd never designed a car before! They thought because they worked at Chrysler or Saleen that, well, that was experience enough. They were like "oh cool, we're in charge. we've always fancied ourselves as designers, let's build a car!" Though they worked on small pieces of big projects in their Detroit career they were nowhere near qualified to do what they were doing.