Unfortunately, all that work provided only a temporary uptick in sales. Earlier this year, most of the Vectrix staff was laid off, and the few remaining are reportedly preparing bankruptcy paperwork in the event a solution, such as a merger or outright sale, cannot be found. Still, there's no denying the firm's impact. "The auto industry has proven that even if you invest a billion dollars in a project, it doesn't ensure success," said MacGowan before his departure. "We invested a fraction of that, and look what we've done in the two-wheeled world."