Why aluminum?


L8R_H8R
12-29-2005, 12:31 PM
Why do most supercar manufactuers us aluminum? why not titanium, its lighter and much stronger.

bkvj
12-31-2005, 12:03 PM
Why do most supercar manufactuers us aluminum? why not titanium, its lighter and much stronger.

you forgot to add much more expensive and rarer.

you see, sometimes, near the end of the production of the that current model, sometimes the manufacturer wants to do something special with. if they won something in a special race or just to 'say' it was a lagendary car, they sometimes make an R verion of it. its lighter, better products used etc. normally they use carbon fibre for that.

for other things, like the exhaust and maybe several bits of the interior and suspension(i think) they will use titanium.

L8R_H8R
12-31-2005, 12:10 PM
i guess i didn't take the expense and rarity into consideration. do you know by chance how much lighter titanium is to aluminum? personally i think aluminum is daaamn light. can't image its too much lighter. thanks for the info

Lordbean
01-01-2006, 04:15 AM
it's actualy heavier than aluminum, but it's much lighter than steel and is just as strong.

bkvj
01-01-2006, 06:18 AM
i guess i didn't take the expense and rarity into consideration. do you know by chance how much lighter titanium is to aluminum? personally i think aluminum is daaamn light. can't image its too much lighter. thanks for the info

no problem.

it's actualy heavier than aluminum, but it's much lighter than steel and is just as strong.


is it? i didnt know that. thanks for the info as well.

Lordbean
01-01-2006, 01:39 PM
yup, but titanium has a greater stregnth to weight ratio than steel and aluminum. That's one of the things that makes that material great. It's also very corrosion resistant

L8R_H8R
01-01-2006, 02:11 PM
I'm sorry, i started this thread under the impression that titanium was the lightest and strongest metal. But if aluminum is lighter. than i guess they are right for using it. thanks for all the insight though guys

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