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- Apr 30, 2021
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Elon really likes structural adhesives. look at the structural battery pack. probably 80% plus structurally supported with adhesives. You can definitely glues sheets of stainless together with steel gusset or other support member and would still consider that an exoskeleton. A typical stamped steel unibody vehicle could be considered a steel exoskeleton. I think the CT will load the exterior panels more than a typical unibody steel frame and it will likely have less interior body panels but there will definitely be a lot of interior adhered body parts working to hold together all those exterior body panels.If the stainless is just panels glued on, then it's not an exoskeleton.
Take the midgate for example. You think you will fold down the back seat and see a 3mm stainless panel as the back of the truck bed? No, you're going to see a big stamped painted piece of steel supporting the glass rear window and concealing the track and raceway of the tonneau cover. There has to be a piece of steel there because something has to support and seal the window and keep the tonneau cover raceway protected. or they just don't let the seats fold down and the seats protect and seal the raceway, but they something would have to support the bottom of the back window so they would have a horizontal support bar. And it that.s the case my bet is that will be painted steel.