AD #2143 – Future Looks Bright for EVs, Ferrari SUV In the Works, Automakers Have Too Much Inventory

July 10th, 2017 at 11:48am

Runtime: 7:51

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- 1st Model 3 Rolls Off the Line
- Future Looks Bright for EVs
- The BMW 5 Series Will Help You Find Parking
- Toyota Opens New North American HQ
- Automakers Have Too Much Inventory
- Ferrari SUV In the Works
- Rocket Booster Powered By 6-Cylinder

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13 Comments to “AD #2143 – Future Looks Bright for EVs, Ferrari SUV In the Works, Automakers Have Too Much Inventory”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I would like to know more about the 6 banger in space. Sounds weird and interesting.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I’m with G.A.; wonder what the engine is ‘thrusting out’ for the actual propulsion.

  3. Lex Says:

    I wish Elon Musk and Tesla best of luck in hitting their production goals. Unfortunately I will not be one the of the ones purchasing the Model 3 until it receives a more traditional driver orientated display on the dashboard.

  4. BobD Says:

    Put me in the skeptic group on Tesla being able to scale to 20,000/month by the end of the year. While the old NUMMI had twice that capacity, and the Model 3 is probably simpler in construction, I have my doubts the Tesla’s suppliers will be able to scale and maintain quality. I would also think the Tesla’s giga-factory providing the batteries will be stressed. I worked for what would be considered a mid-volume manufacturer and every time we scaled output, the suppliers had problems with increasing capacity without quality issues.

  5. Roger T Says:

    Wish Musk best of luck, in fact he has a habit of proving everyone wrong, hope he can pull this one off too. I think nearly 100% of new cars sold by 2040 will be electric, not 30%.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I watched the whole interview with Jack Roush and didn’t learn anything more.What exactly is the 6 banger doing?

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Could it be a more efficient,( and lighter) fuel pump for the rocket engine(s)?

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Found it: https://www.engineswapdepot.com/?p=10759

  9. christopher gerhart Says:

    8 I don’t completely understand; one is normally all the cylinders you need for an engine that size, but it should be really smooth.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ #9: Besides the smoothness of the 6 pot,you also get the added safety of more cylinders should one or two drop out,I would think.That’s just a guess on my part.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The six would crank a lot easier than a 600cc single. Actually, they shouldn’t even need to use oil. It would only need to last a few minutes, if it’s purpose is pumping something for a rocket booster. Maybe it uses liquid hydrogen for oil.

  12. Bob Wilson Says:

    The traditional oxidizer and fuel pump was a turbine driven by a small combustion chamber. If you see a ‘flair’ behind a traditional rocket launch that is the exhaust from the turbo-powered pump.

    If the 6-banger is a more efficient pump power source, good on them. That means a little more rocket oxidizer and fuel to lift the vehicle.

    Now if we can just a couple on the drag strip.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12, Bob, Tbanks for the info. There would be tradeoffs between mass of the engine, and efficiency. Reliabity would be the most important factor, given that a failure of any component can cause the loss of a mission costing tens of millions of dollars.

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