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balthazar replied to Beautiful Cars Appreciation Thread.


'71 GP SSJ ~ 

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balthazar replied to Random Thoughts Thread.


Recycling (same car) ~ 

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2-dr fastback '49 Caddy, chopped & hard-topped ~ 

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balthazar replied to Cadillac News: Something EXCITING Is Coming From Cadillac January 21, 2022.


1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

Mercedes is going to performance hybrids

Giving up on the 'failing' EVs already, Daimler?

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smk4565 replied to Cadillac News: Something EXCITING Is Coming From Cadillac January 21, 2022.


7 hours ago, David said:

Correct the same thing all the German brands have been doing and are doing now till 2030 when they also are scheduled to kill off all ICE sales. Maximize money potential while improving the BEV.

I can totally see an Escalade V and Escalade V Blackwing in BEV using the 1,000 hp tri motor setup. You get the V at 750 hp and the Blackwing at 1,000 hp with a 0-60 3 sec run. Best yet is as @oldshurst442 posted, performance will be way better due to a lower center of gravity with the battery pack versus ICE.

Best is yet to come for Escalade.

Mercedes is going to performance hybrids based on their F1 car.  I think BMW and Audi want to milk their V8 as long as they can until that gets replaced with EV's and then probably same for their 6 cylinder.  

Really, this might be the last ICE Escalade, this generation probably gets them to 2026-27, they want to make Cadillac an EV only brand, I'd imagine the next Gen is just an EV.

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balthazar replied to Random Thoughts Thread.


5 hours ago, balthazar said:

How that's not blatantly illegal, IDK.

Reading elsewhere; a guy claiming he's trying to junk a car in CA, but the State wants him to pay the past 3 years registration fees (how long he owned it), despite the fact he never registered or drove the car. 

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balthazar replied to Alternative Fuels & Propulsion RANDOM.


It's been whisper quiet on the Atlis front. Quite a while ago they showed this concept off, spouted some lofty claim numbers with it.  At least it looked fairly 'butch' [unlike the wheel chock Tesla] and had a usable bed [unlike the wheel chock Tesla]. 

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But in googling it the other day, I found this 2021 image, and it was captioned 'redesigned'. Uh-oh. 

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If true, and serious, wave goo-by to the Atlis, but at least it will have company in the EV scrap bin with Workhorse and Bolinger.  These upstarts NEED to realize that styling HAS to go hand-in-hand with functionality in trucks.

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balthazar replied to Random Thoughts Thread.


1 hour ago, David said:

YES, more and more … days of ICE.

Was any of your post intended to answer mine?

BTW- differential oil changes are a once in a lifetime occurance (if that) and are unaffected by dust. I have to wonder -based on numerous posts now- where you’re getting your info on general IC vehicle maintenance… 🤔

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oldshurst442 replied to Random Thoughts Thread.


1 hour ago, David said:

Another good read for those interested in how solid state battery tech is moving forward to commercial production.

https://cleantechnica.com/2022/01/21/200-million-says-solid-state-batteries-will-soon-crack-gasmobile-death-grip/

 

I just found that article to be just full of hot air really.   Nothing but hopes and dreams.  Promises,  but nothing real of how or when all those hopes and dreams will come true.   Empty words...  

It will be this and it will be that. It will do this and it will do that.  It will end the gasmobile's death grip and it will save the planet.  It will be better than lithion ion. It will charger faster and offer more range.  It will save grace for OEMs by giving OEMs another angle of saving the planet.  It will be produced cheaper and faster and it will be packaged smaller and lighter.  

But nothing technical about solid state batteries was mentioned.  Well, if you consider a sentence or two comparing solid state and electrolytes with swimming in water versus swimming in concrete as technical...then Im wrong and misunderstood... 

No timeline of production.  No actual solid state battery powered EV tested to prove all that was said.  Just empty words of it will be this and it will be that. It will do  this and it will do that....   

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David replied to Random Thoughts Thread.


Another good read for those interested in how solid state battery tech is moving forward to commercial production.

https://cleantechnica.com/2022/01/21/200-million-says-solid-state-batteries-will-soon-crack-gasmobile-death-grip/

1 minute ago, balthazar said:

I realize the nature of BE vehicles is excellent acceleration, but that has never been a significant component of pick up sales... basically ever.  BE models will obviously push the fact, but do truck buyers care? 

YES, more and more you can read online people who have bought trucks and due to various ways of use such as off road or commercial where the desire is less maintenance. 

Once these trucks are out, no more oil changes, differential oil changes if in high dust use case as well as other use cases that have a need for more often maintenance, even diesel would like to have less maintenance. 

I do see companies changing over faster than expected.

Fleets I see leading the way, this will create a positive impression for home use buyers especially a company like Skanska which is a launch customer for the GM work truck ev. That will give plenty of people both positive and negative impressions, but I expect more positive than those that wish to remain stagnant in past glory days of ICE.

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balthazar replied to Random Thoughts Thread.


I realize the nature of BE vehicles is excellent acceleration, but that has never been a significant component of pick up sales... basically ever.  BE models will obviously push the fact, but do truck buyers care? 

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balthazar replied to Cadillac News: Something EXCITING Is Coming From Cadillac January 21, 2022.


^ I don't think I would call it a 'mistake' - dozens upon dozens of very rare engines have been built over time. I do think Cadillac should have kept the CT6 (and the 4.2TT - my bad on calling it a 4.0L earlier) in production until the Celestiq / a replacement model was ready.

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Robert Hall replied to Cadillac News: Something EXCITING Is Coming From Cadillac January 21, 2022.


It does seem insane that GM would invest in a new engine and use it in only in a few hundred cars over a 2 yr period.  Had to have been a very costly mistake... I guess it was victim of timing...had it been out in 2010,  maybe it would have had some success...but typical GM, come out with something late, then cancel quickly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_twin-turbo_V8

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Robert Hall replied to Beautiful Cars Appreciation Thread.


20 minutes ago, David said:

One can always dream and dreams is what brings change. I will dream that we can have Style and BEV in the same setup.

 

The reality is 90% of BEVs are going to be forgettable appliances like GM and everyone else makes today, only electrified.   There will be a few outstanding designs, but few and far between I suspect.  Just a lot of generic appliances for generic consumers.  I know I'm being cynical, but probably not that unrealistic.

1 hour ago, balthazar said:

'70 GS with Motor Wheel Spyder rims ~ 

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Love those rims...seen a few photos of early 70s Challengers and Firebirds with them.  

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oldshurst442 replied to Beautiful Cars Appreciation Thread.


I never saw those kinds of wheels before.   Lookin' at the '70 GS Spyder rims.     I like 'em! 

"Aerodynamic"  jelly bean / pill / used bar of soap  shapes  have ruled car design since the 1990s.  It wont change much, if any, with EVs.    Its a bummer because aerodynamic shapes need not be that way to be aerodynamic.  Rounded surfaces do help, but the overall design doesnt need to follow that form all the way through.  But that is just an opinion, I really dont know much about aerodynamic flow so...  

Here, let me take a jab in posting 1 or 2  beautiful cars instead of talking about shyte I have no knowledge about...

 

(Proceeds to post "aerodynamic" blobs  :palm:)    

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balthazar replied to Cadillac News: Something EXCITING Is Coming From Cadillac January 21, 2022.


14 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

The Blackwings just recycled the engines from the ATS-V and CTS-V.

Cancel a model / powertrain and its "failed".
Continue a model / powertrain and its "recycled".

OK, bucko.  

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14 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Not going to happen, though...most EV cars will be pill shaped aero disposable appliances with zero style and personality, available in black, silver or white.  

One can always dream and dreams is what brings change. I will dream that we can have Style and BEV in the same setup.

7 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Everything is perfect in BE World! 😆

Yes, Yes, it is without all the smelly unburnt hydrocarbons. Yesterday had to deal with being behind a very noisy toxic spewing Power Stroke. So glad when we can get these destructive autos off the road.

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David replied to Cadillac News: Something EXCITING Is Coming From Cadillac January 21, 2022.


10 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

The Blackwings just recycled the engines from the ATS-V and CTS-V.  It isn' like they took the CT6 turbo 4.2 V8 and put it in the CT5 or CT4 which was at least an engine designed for Cadillac.  And they didn't do a performance hybrid or anything new.  Which is why I think they'll recycled the supercharged 6.2 for the Escalade-V because GM probably doesn't want a spend a dime on ICE engine development anymore, basically what they have now is what is going to exist to 2030.

Correct the same thing all the German brands have been doing and are doing now till 2030 when they also are scheduled to kill off all ICE sales. Maximize money potential while improving the BEV.

I can totally see an Escalade V and Escalade V Blackwing in BEV using the 1,000 hp tri motor setup. You get the V at 750 hp and the Blackwing at 1,000 hp with a 0-60 3 sec run. Best yet is as @oldshurst442 posted, performance will be way better due to a lower center of gravity with the battery pack versus ICE.

Best is yet to come for Escalade.

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balthazar replied to Beautiful Cars Appreciation Thread.


Everything is perfect in BE World! 😆

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smk4565 replied to Cadillac News: Something EXCITING Is Coming From Cadillac January 21, 2022.


12 hours ago, balthazar said:

'Easiest thing' would to have never built the Blackwings, but Cadillac did.

And I'm sure the tooling for the 4.0TT is still in-house.  Not saying they'll do it, but I'm sure the 'books' on the 4.0 TT could use some more volume to amortize the R&D costs there.  What makes strong sense is the power levels as is are a nice mid-point between 420 and 668.

The Blackwings just recycled the engines from the ATS-V and CTS-V.  It isn' like they took the CT6 turbo 4.2 V8 and put it in the CT5 or CT4 which was at least an engine designed for Cadillac.  And they didn't do a performance hybrid or anything new.  Which is why I think they'll recycled the supercharged 6.2 for the Escalade-V because GM probably doesn't want a spend a dime on ICE engine development anymore, basically what they have now is what is going to exist to 2030.

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Robert Hall replied to Beautiful Cars Appreciation Thread.


18 hours ago, David said:

I actually believe we could see a pure form like this again in an EV format. I think we have not even begun to explore how we could optimize style in EV format yet. Love this car!

Not going to happen, though...most EV cars will be pill shaped aero disposable appliances with zero style and personality, available in black, silver or white.  

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David replied to Random Thoughts Thread.


Rivian destroys the TRX as well as Tesla Y at the drag strip. Seems Rivian can do multiple runs without any battery prep unlike Tesla that needs an extensive battery prep.

https://carbuzz.com/news/performance-truck-drag-race-850-hp-rivian-r1t-vs-700-hp-ram-trx

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balthazar replied to Beautiful Cars Appreciation Thread.


'70 GS with Motor Wheel Spyder rims ~ 

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