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A good piece on "Béton brut" or the return of Brutalism in design. Or rather lack of design. electrek.co/2019/11/24/the…
Missing is a shout out to the finest, most enduring and elegant brutalist designs in automotive history: The Maurice & Spencer Wilks, Gordon Bashford and Spen King at Land Rover showed us that actually having design talent can easily transform utility into icon. ©RYP
Musk uses 301 Stainless Steel. You see it on subway cars and trailers. It is austenitic low carbon non magnetic stainless with 7% Nickel and 17% 8% is the min amount of nickel added to 18% chromium to convert the ferrite to austenite. 301 is cheap and dissipates heat up to 1500F.
Musk uses it for his Mars ship because he didn’t want to pay for carbon fiber. He says he now pays $3 per KG. But 301 is available for $800 a ton out of China and brings all the same complaints Delorean owners have. technology.org/2018/11/14/why…
Elon calls it "30X" cuz its "Ultra hard" "cold rolled" and of course "special" see the"X"? but stainless comes in various grades of the basically the same thing and your fridge or dishwasher doesn't take on such airs.All these things have measurements. My favorite reply to Elon:
If I was in the car business I would use a combination of sheet, boxed and glue titanium at $150lb), aluminum and woven material. Then I would allow buyers to stack as many replacement battery packs as needed and my truck would float. Then Sikorsky insurance if all goes to shit.
Titanium car:
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