I think a better choice than carbon fiber is Polyethylene
terephthalate AKA pop bottle plastic. It can be injection moulded
and produced at very low unit cost. If you've ever worked with Carbon
fibre you'll know the time and cost issue negates that as a present
But for a safety issue, how about following Europe & having all buses
and trucks (Including SUV's) comply with a standard bumper and
headlight height front and back.
It's not only the weight issue that affects fuel economy. It's also
the filthy fuel that's sold in North America. Look at how the clean
diesels in Europe can hit 100 MPG (imperial) and mid 40's in decent
sized vehicles Audi A8 Merc 300 BMW 5&7 series. The sulphur in our
fuel prevents these from being imported.
We could also reduce a vehicles ride height at highway speeds and
synchronize traffic lights. Those last two options you'd never
notice, might even appreciate.
You wait from Carbon Fibre, I'll wait for better, cheaper options.
Heck. Just rent "Sleeper". The advanced safety device built into that "car
of the future" would all but eliminate injury. It was so far ahead of itself
that the world is still not ready for it.
"Richard" <rfeirste at nycap.rr.com> wrote in message
I would be the oddball on this and it wouldn't sell cars, but I would
drive a car with a roll bar and a 5 point harness. The roll cage could
be blended into the body somewhat so it would not look like a NASCAR.
Designs could be standardized and produced cheaply I think if not
changed every year. I know it's not practical in the marketplace.
On 3 Dec 2004 04:23:43 -0800, email@example.com (Al Bundy) wrote:
Are you saying that if it's good enough for people to safely drive at
200+ MPH it should be good enough for the 55MPH interstates?
BAH ! that's like saying that if the HANS or Hutchens system is
proven to be effective NASCAR will mandate it.
Oh... They did? Hmm
Well, people would NEVER wear a 5 point safety belt systems (even with
their proven effectiveness).
You mean people put many of their children in child seats with 5 point
Ok, You've got a couple really good points. But what would all the
front airbags be used for if people were properly restrained?
Sure with a lower ride height, elimination of heavy bumpers, removal
of all airbags with the exception of curtain airbags and the use and
implementation of integral roll cages and 5 point seat belts cars
would be cheaper, safer & faster. But is that really what "the
I think "the public" wants: electric running boards, multi panel
sunroofs, explosives in their dash & steering wheel, & wood paneling
body trim. Would you really want to give up these sorts of
"innovations" for better cars?
I thought not !
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