I know dumb car makers keep trying to make stainless steel bodies happen, but why does aluminum get ignored?

I know dumb car makers keep trying to make stainless steel bodies happen, but why does aluminum get ignored?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    way more expensive than steel amd i believe its quite a bit weaker as well

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Aluminum is weaker than steel and difficult to spot weld they have to use more to for the same strength which negates any advantage
    Most aluminum parts on cars are skins where strength isn't required or castings

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Too weak.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    [PLEBSPOTTERS] BigC

    Aluminum is used, mostly for hoods, trunks, bedsides etc
    Things where strength isn’t a big issue

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think the moronation of the Cybertruck is a little overblown
    Most cars have a lot of steel, they're just usually wrapped, which you can do with a Cybertruck. And you can also just leave it unwrapped if you want.
    Granted the wraps don't look great but that's a separate issue. The wraps on their other cars look better.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      chatgpt post

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        chat gpt won't use the r slur

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      most of the load bearing parts of the cybertruck are aluminum

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This thing is fricking hideous. Every time I see the preferences of tech gays I’m reminded that I hate them.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I like it.

      But the answer for Op is that aluminum. Varies in price by +/- 80% so it’s very expensive and hard to budget around.

      Plebs will say that a gold or Jetta and an Audi S3 are the same thing. In fact the S3 is 80% aluminum and the Jetta is 80% steel. MQB has a lot of options for material and part of the ‘premium’ is aluminum parts.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Aluminum requires a tremendous amount of energy compared to steel so price.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why are we using metal for non structural body panels? It seems like with todays paint and plastic technologies we could make plastic body panels like Saturn did except with all the flaws fixed. They're more green to produce, don't rust and are more durable and dent resistant than metal. Modern vehicles run big plastic fender flares and shit so we might as well just make it all plastic.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I have always thought this. Not to mention that plastic is lighter and cheaper than metal. I would prefer to have my car built entirely of plastic to the greatest extent possible.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >cars should be made of as much plastic as possible

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You know carbon fiber is technically a plastic, right?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Eggs are technically a thermal setting plastic.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            So is the linseed oil I use. That doesn't bother me. The "le plastic le bad" meme needs to die though. A good plastic is technologically superior to a bad metal.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            microplastics…

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Okay?
            I fricking hate the carbon homosexual meme.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    F150s have been using aluminum bodies for a decade now

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      But they're still steel framed. OP maybe referring to unibody applications.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Pound for pound aluminum is stronger than steel.
    But its so much lighter that in order to make parts that are just as strong you typically wind up with very bulky components.
    And although it doesn't "rust", it still oxidizes and becomes brittle.
    And it's very expensive in comparison.
    Aluminum cans are currently at 53 cents a pound.
    Scrap mild steel is 4 cents.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >why does aluminum get ignored?
    It's far more prone to denting. Steel can be tempered to be "springy" and it's also cheaper.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're trying to use things steel body panels to avoid having to make the pillars as thick. The thinking is that the body panels will provide some support so the pillars can use less steel. If it isn't cheaper, they're not gonna do it, unless for gimmicky purposes like the Cybercuck.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      *thin steel body panels

      Who the frick let pajeets program spellcheck? Thisbshit never wirks.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You mean like panels or chassis/frame?

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