Submitted by Iowa92x on Fri, 2014-03-28 14:49
Great to see Tesla bolting titanium armor beneath the Model S. Watching those gifs of the underbody in action, says Model S to the puny alternator, "I will clush you."
Looking at the long term picure, the benefit here goes beyond battery protection. Large use of titanium in a production sedan is a big deal and a first in the industry. Titanium is used on millon dollar F1 race cars and in small amounts for connecting rods in high performance Porsches. But you don't see it used on mass production sedans.
Titanium is expensive, difficult to manufacture/process and has a high stength-to-weight ratio. Tesla is using this battery shield excercise to learn how to source titanium, work with it and use in high volume. This learning process opens the door to expanded use of the Big T. in future rollouts.
I find this pretty exciting.