Recent content by Gordon E Peterson II

  1. Gordon E Peterson II

    Tesla’s Elon Musk highlights Cybertruck’s uniqueness, explains adoption of yoke

    The Citroen SM had very tight steering ratio (less than 2 turns lock-to-lock IIRC) but with variable assist (including powered centering!!). It came out around 1972. It was a GREAT car.
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    Air Suspension Tilt o' Whirl

    Again, Citroen DS was the revolutionary vehicle for air suspension, variable road clearance, etc etc. The height is controlled not by pressure (that's more a requirement of weight) but by volume... and it used not air balloons, but (in its case) high-pressure hydraulics in cylinders with...
  3. Gordon E Peterson II

    Tesla’s Elon Musk highlights Cybertruck’s uniqueness, explains adoption of yoke

    BTW that was also the car that innovated the use of stalks for most everything... lights, horns, etc etc.... instead of buttons/knobs on the dash or elsewhere.
  4. Gordon E Peterson II

    Tesla’s Elon Musk highlights Cybertruck’s uniqueness, explains adoption of yoke

    The Citroen DS21 had a single-spoke steering wheel with the spoke in the 7-8 o'clock position... and it was great for precisely that reason.
  5. Gordon E Peterson II

    Update from Elon: Cybertruck production starting late 2022 and volume production in 2023

    Well it's certainly true that owning a car in (central, at least) Paris is an INconvenience... due to the parking issue. And finding a parking space as large as the CT will be even more challenging. The other side, though, would be to have the CT take itself "home" and then come get you when...
  6. Gordon E Peterson II

    Update from Elon: Cybertruck production starting late 2022 and volume production in 2023

    It'll DEFINITELY turn heads driving around Paris! And you don't have to worry about people opening their doors into your Cybertruck and leaving dents in yours. ;-) TRES bien!
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    Update from Elon: Cybertruck production starting late 2022 and volume production in 2023

    It will be much easier to move stuff between similar Gigapresses than different ones... it just makes sense to have one overhead crane for 8000 ton presses and one for 6000 ton presses. They are also more likely to have similar infrastructure needs and arrangements. And there isn't (yet?) an...
  8. Gordon E Peterson II

    Update from Elon: Cybertruck production starting late 2022 and volume production in 2023

    I also have to wonder if the additional delay might not make it more likely that the Cybertruck will also have the Tesla-patented laser windshield wiper(s)? I expect at least a few more surprise announcements...
  9. Gordon E Peterson II

    Update from Elon: Cybertruck production starting late 2022 and volume production in 2023

    It will probably depend on where the foundation is being prepared... if it's on the west side of the casting area, it's presumably another 6,000 ton press. If it's on the east side... then it could actually be the first 8,000 ton press.
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    Update from Elon: Cybertruck production starting late 2022 and volume production in 2023

    I will actually be surprised, given its huge size, if Gigafactory Texas doesn't end up producing something like a million vehicles a year all by itself... once its production is fully ramped-up.
  11. Gordon E Peterson II

    Update from Elon: Cybertruck production starting late 2022 and volume production in 2023

    Gigafactory Texas has three of the 6,000 ton Gigapresses... two installed and working, and the third one being installed but not yet (the last I heard) operational (and no sign yet of the third melting furnace, if they use a different furnace for each Gigapress). And the 8,000 ton Gigapress...
  12. Gordon E Peterson II

    Mattel Hot Wheels

    To me, that sounds like it was still on, and "remembered" the controller "id" it was last been connected to...?
  13. Gordon E Peterson II

    Mattel Hot Wheels

    What makes you think the truck powers off automatically, if you don't turn off the switch on the underside of the truck?
  14. Gordon E Peterson II

    Mattel Hot Wheels

    Just got back from breakfast and decided to drive it around on the paved circle outside the house. Turned off the CT and brought it inside, and after a few minutes the power LED on the controller DOES turn off.
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