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The new Ford F-150 is going to change your junkyard forever

It's time for a mass extinction. The junkyard you once knew will need to evolve, or die. In the new era, just 20 years from now, nearly 14 billion pounds of aluminum from new 2015 Ford F-150 trucks will flood auto recycling facilities, and if things work out right, aluminum prices will never be the same again. » 1/21/14 5:47pm 1/21/14 5:47pm

This Is The Audi A8's Naked Space Frame

Back in 1994, Audi was the first mainstream car manufacturer to switch to aluminum from steel in order to save weight while improving rigidity. The original A8's frame weighed 548 pounds. The current one's weighs 509 pounds, and is composed of 13 different aluminum alloys, which makes it 40 percent lighter than if it… » 3/01/13 10:10am 3/01/13 10:10am

The World's 'Fastest Amphibious Car' Is For Sale

You know what sucks? You're tearing down the road at a fun but safe 150 mph, when all of a sudden there's an estuary or a river or a pier or swimming pool or an ocean or some other sort of watery annoyance that seems like all it wants to do is make you stop having fun. I mean, come on! I know the Earth is 75% of that… » 5/14/12 12:00pm 5/14/12 12:00pm

Aluminum Und... Command Seating Position? Range Rover to Get Light

Years ago, just hours before purchasing my first Cherokee, I strolled across the street to the Land Rover dealership. Not that it was within my price range, but the Defender 90 was definately worth thinking about. I read the specs. Then I spoke with the salesman, "Hey, how come this Land Rover weighs half a ton more… » 5/10/07 9:00am 5/10/07 9:00am

Fidel Is Not Enough: Bentley Plans Lots O' New, Lightweight Rides

We wannabe upper crusty anglophile types are already busy drooling over the allure from the double-decadent Havana coupe. Now Bentley springs this on us? As the revitalized German British marquee nears the brand-imploding 9,000 cars a year threshold, they are going to need new steel to maintain their momentum. Wait,… » 11/28/06 4:28pm 11/28/06 4:28pm

The Lightness of Land Rover: 2010 Rangie Could See Drastic Weight…

If Land Rover's engineers and metallurgists get their way, the next generation Range Rover could shed 1,100 pounds of cold steel. That's the projected weight savings if the company moves to a new, rivet-bonded aluminium monocoque structure for its models, as Autocar reports, which could be likely by 2010. The… » 10/17/06 1:46pm 10/17/06 1:46pm

Fistful of Metal: Aluminum Price Needs to Drop to Replace Steel

The Reuterses are talking all 'bout a revolution. Not televised. Motorized. Except for one thing. The revolution's gonna be pricey. Despite aluminum's inherent advantages in terms of adding lightness, the cost structure ain't exactly simplicated when it comes to using the metal over steel. At $2,500 bucks per metric… » 3/21/06 4:59pm 3/21/06 4:59pm