Maybe a pool will help. I rather have a unique key design rather than a OEM look for a Gen 2 or the newer Audis. It would stand out more as well. Thanks for taking on this project btw. Hoping to have a final consensus soon.
That looks pretty good. In addition to the issue of the center flip key, I think another problem is getting the electronics on our current keys to work with it. Maybe leave the buttons where the R8 logo is, move the logo to the other side as a removeable battery cover?
Awesome looking key but you are right it presents a few issues.
Our existing key circuit board means the buttons must be in the same (ish) location as they are now, that’s why I went with a button layout seen on the slightly newer Audi key. This allows the buttons to line up with the existing circuit board and allows us to “share” some existing components.
Our blade won’t allow a central orientation it would have to be on the side. Making a new blade isn’t going to be with the quantities we want to make.
Getting a new board programmed is out of the question for this project in terms of costs and the small production numbers we are looking at.
With this in mind we need to work around the existing board, button layout and key blade.
Is the key you have presented modelled on an existing key it is it completely from scratch? I’m in love with it so much that I wish I had never seen it ?
Since the key blades are held with a set screw, there may be more flexibility than first imagined - and even the 'rewiring' of the switch positions in a new fob body (and switches) to the existing board may not be that difficult to transform ...
I'd buy up to 3 depending on price, one spare in case one breaks ;-)
Also, I have an office in Shenzhen (which I'm unable to go to currently) and have contacts with several companies who may be able to help us do a small run at a reasonable price. Let me know when you get to the point of getting pricing and I can see if I can help.
Designing a new fob utilizing old school blade is difficult enough and I can appreciate the challenges.
I may be wrong, but like most, I need a reasonably priced alternative to oem prices for a replacement fob/key. And if that solution has an esthetically pleasing result, then I'm in.
(Car only came with one fob so my interest may differ from others)