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drball

Member Since 09 Dec 2009
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In Topic: Update: 2015 Hellcat destroyed, now up for bid...

Today, 08:25 AM

My brother in law is a gentleman imitation race car driver at various tracks back east. He says usually every weekend he is out on the track sombody wrecks from having too much car for ones ability.

In Topic: Tamiya Mercedes 300SL Announced, new pics added to OP

28 January 2015 - 09:04 AM

To me this a significant announcement. If Tamiya has success with the release of a classic we might be in store for more in the future provided licensing issues can be worked out.

In Topic: NFL rant

18 January 2015 - 02:08 PM

At least the ref got the coin toss right.

In Topic: Observations

18 January 2015 - 06:13 AM

Personal hygiene seems to be an issue with some attendees. I use to collect vinyl, the attendees were very similar to the model crowd at the record meets.

In Topic: R.I.P Ford V8

17 January 2015 - 06:42 AM

Guess you missed post #63. (By the way...I was an A&P...aircraft airframe and powerplant...mechanic for several years, and years before that an ASE certified Master Mechanic, as well as having ASE ratings in body and paint). I quote myself:
 
"A Cirrus SR 22 is a 200 MPH, 4-passenger airplane. It weighs about 2300 pounds. It has extremely sophisticated onboard electronics (much MORE capability than any car ever made) including 2 10" flat screen redundant multifunction displays, a backup electrical system, navigation equipment, anti-collision system, dual comm radios, GPS, storm-scope  (plus, the aircraft autopilot can fly itself over a predetermined map course while you read or snooze...if you trust the system enough), a wing de-icing system, sat-com capability, AND A PARACHUTE TO LAND THE WHOLE AIRPLANE safely in a catastrophic emergency. Tell me why a car to take one probably overweight ass to work and back REALLY needs to weigh 3800 pounds (or more)."
There is the issue of mass production. How many planes are made and what is there cost compared to producing a popular four door sedan. Automobile manufacturing systems do make compromises for cost, productility and quality. They all could manufacture a lighter car with all the do dads but not at a price point that the average car buyer could afford.
 
My point being: a lot of onboard electronics and wiring for sophisticated systems is not sufficient reason for bloated surface-vehicle weights.