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  1. 3mm thick 30X stainless steel body panels / exoskeleton

    Do the math before putting forth nonsensical ideas. The frame of a typical pickup is a hollow C-shaped beam maybe 6-8" high x 3 " wide x the length of the truck and its cross section is only about 1/8 thick. Steel. Same density as stainless steel. Hardly comparable to the weight of making...
  2. 3mm thick 30X stainless steel body panels / exoskeleton

    3mm thick over the entire area of the vehicle (and the rumored bottom skin) plus the bed, plus the interior compartments like the frunk and the bed cover would be way too heavy. Do the math. Simple example - if there is a bottom skin that covers the entire length say maybe 20' long x 6' wide x...
  3. It is effing final. Elon said so himself! "Cybertruck doesn’t need a garage"

    In MN, once you can afford a garage for your vehicle, you never go back. The delay in the winter to sweep off the snow and scrape the frost off the windows makes parking outside a miserable experience and a time suck on every trip. The CT's giant windshield could take half an hour of scraping.
  4. Rear Wheel Steering

    Hopefully this does not cut into the interior width of the bed. That is not a tradeoff I would make. With the straight sides, the bed needs to stay as wide as possible. As an existing truck owner with a truck with an even longer wheelbase, I already know how to park a truck and back trailers...
  5. M3 towing an Airstream video

    Also, in the part of the video where they show the power graph, it looks to be maxed out quite a bit of the time. How long can an M3 Tesla run at maximum output before things start to overheat? I cannot imagine the system is designed for 100% duty cycle at max output at max ambient temp. An...
  6. M3 towing an Airstream video

    If you look at the hitch setup, a couple things were notable to me. They minimized the "overhang" - the hitch is as short as possible. Right up tight to the bumper of the car. As the expert explained, minimizing the ratio of hitch overhang or distance back from the rear axle as compared to the...
  7. Cybertruck a towing God: Part 3 - Range (Newest Video)

    In terms of making 600HP out of a Diesel, there are certainly plenty of Diesels that can make that kind of power. But the current crop of stock HD Diesel pickups are around 400 to 450 HP . They key for uphill towing is how long can you sustain the power. ICE vehicles are typically not setup...
  8. Cybertruck Will be a Towing GOD - Part 1: Torque (Newest Video)

    So the experience will be similar as in an ICE - when you overheat, there will be an overheat warning and/or limiting of the power output which may preclude pulling the max load up steep inclines at full speed. The question remains: which truck is (will be) the god of towing in the mountains?
  9. Cybertruck Will be a Towing GOD - Part 1: Torque (Newest Video)

    People have spent a lot of time talking about the range when towing, but there is another factor that comes into play. We know the CT can put out super high torque and power for 2.9 seconds at a time. What can it do for an hour at a time? Is it going to overheat (or thermally-self-limit) its...
  10. Towing Range Expectations

    The point about rear wheels maintaining traction with the rear-ward loading of heavy tongue weight on the rear bumper is a good point! In my opinion, the added stability depends on adding the appropriate software into the feedback loop. Unlike a human, software doesn't need to learn on the job...
  11. Towing Range Expectations

    Sway can likely also be damped out by software controlling the steering input - all the Tesla models have that capability. But sway is not the only reason for a gooseneck or 5th wheel. To stay stable, all trailers have to be set up to have proportionately more weight forward on the tongue - on...
  12. T-slots in bed of vault

    There are two features that are tough to get in a new truck that come standard in an old truck: 1. Its paid for. 2. Its already scratched and dented, so you can actually use it to haul stuff without worry.
  13. T-slots in bed of vault

    Agreed. See my many various past posts critiquing the cargo bed functionality of the CT.
  14. T-slots in bed of vault

    Or toss in a much lighter poly bed liner.
  15. Corrosion resistance in Cybertruck may not be perfect

    Its not like the entire vehicle is made out of stainless. There will still be parts in the suspension, axles, and drive train that will be regular steel and would be subject to corrosion. Also, its not clear to me that every panel on the entire vehicle is 3mm thick. That would be a heck of a...
  16. T-slots in bed of vault

    I plan to ignore the slots. For anybody who ever loads dirt, gravel, yard waste, demolition debris, etc., they will get jammed with small pebbles eventually. Murphy says that said pebble will be exactly the perfect size to wedge in the slot such that it cannot slide out easily. Counting on...
  17. Engineering Explained: F-150 better than Cybertruck for towing duty (over distance)

    It has nothing to do with electric vs gas vs diesel. It has to do with the difference in aerodynamic drag of the shape of the CT vs the shape of a conventional shaped pickup (presuming their weight to be similar). If they had the same drag and weight, then towing the same trailer would result...
  18. Engineering Explained: F-150 better than Cybertruck for towing duty (over distance)

    The nuances of various engines (and electric motors) having differing efficiencies under differing loads might be a factor, but not the dominant one. A much larger factor is the difference in aerodynamics. The CT has much better aerodynamics than the typical pickup when NOT pulling the...
  19. Engineering Explained: F-150 better than Cybertruck for towing duty (over distance)

    You are correct - the trailer has the same drag either way. But because the ICE truck is less aerodynamic to start with, when the trailer drag is added to something that already has a lot of drag, its less drastic of a change. For example, say the ICE truck has a drag of 6 units. And the CT...
  20. Musk on Cybertruck: It's better than people realize... they don’t have enough information to realize its awesomeness

    I toured the Ford plant in St. Paul once (as a young man back when they still built pickups there). That factory could produce any combination of F150 and F250 models (wheelbase, cab, engine,, bed, 2/4wd) at any trim level in any color with other options in an arbitrary order at a pace of 1...
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