My name is Matt Wright and I'm engineer from a beach suburb of Los Angeles, who now resides in White Lake, Michigan. A few years back when I was off work for a while, I came up with the idea for a new engine / generator. I was out of work for 8 months at the time and was running low on funds, so I went to some of my friends and asked them if they were interested in supporting the idea. We met at our buddies house in Laguna Beach, reviewed some of the hand sketches & rough performance calculations I had done, had a few beers, and SineWaves was formed. Our group of 5 guys represents not just good people but good minds, and I'm really fortunate to have both their support and input.
Among many friends who deserve credit for helping us protect our intellectual property and build our Proof of Concept, Randy McGee and Curt Mohney deserve special credit for the extra time and effort on the project. I met Curt at GMI (currently Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute) where we were fraternity brothers. Although we were by no means typical frat boys, we went to an engineering college in Flint, Michigan in the late 90's / early 2000's. Curt and I would later work together at Saleen and Fisker Automotive.
Randy McGee is a whole other story... I met Randy not long after I met Curt. I was about 20 and had just started working at a little car company called Saleen. Randy was the head fabricator or "fabbie" for the race team. I was working in the other building on the "the street car", the street version of the Saleen S7R. Randy and I became friends over time and I was slowly adopted into the "fabbie's" crew. Some of the coolest and most talented guys I have come to know worked in that shop. It was an absolute pleasure and an amazing fortune to have been there during that time. Fast forward about 10 years, Randy not only buys into SineWaves, but devotes a tremendous amount of time and effort into helping me design and fabricate the first proof of concept engine. As you look through the pictures please pay attention to some of Randy's handy work, its good stuff.
As for the rest of my story, I had the good fortune of being hired on at Saleen by Neil Hanneman, one of the originals from the Chrysler Viper Engineering team, and reported to my friend John Spruill. . Later I worked under Billy Tally as a production engineer, and at 24 years old, I was the lead engineer for the S7 street car. Granted, we were a small local shop, so don't get me wrong, I did not think I was the crew chief of an F1 team. However this experience was essential in building to where I am today. In 2004, I got to lead the design of the 750hp Saleen S7 Twin Turbo, the highest horsepower street legal engine in the world at the time. Later, I had the pleasure of being the production manager of Saleen's Irvine manufacturing facility. It was one of the biggest honors of my life as I really respected the integrity and talents of all the people involved in building that car, and I was honored to work with them. Since then, I've been bouncing around a bit and doing consulting. During 2009 I had a lot of free time, in part due to the economic downturn, so I was just surfing and going to the library a lot. This is when I came up with the CATRE concept.
Well, thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoyed the story and please come back for future updates.
A special thanks to our commercial partners namely True Fabrication in Clawson MI, and Performance Electronics in West Chester OH.