I shot these pictures last year during 4C education. This car was one of the test 4C .Fabulous resource shots. Thank you.
Now I understand the brake and windshield washer fluid reservoir locations better.
That right rear tire seems to have taken more than its share of abuse, though!
Front and rear crash struture and engine mounting points are all aluminum.Interesting that all the rear of the chassis appears to be metal ...unless that is because this car is a prototype?
i wonder how much of that rear metal structure relates to the overall chassis rigidity? A say this because the rear suspension attaches to it.Front and rear crash struture and engine mounting points are all aluminum.
Only the middle bit, the "tub" from firwall to front of cabin,is carbon fibre.
Rigidity, lightweight, energy dissipation (crash absorption), repairability, lower cost, and modularity (for future chasis variation) were all considerations, from what I have read.i wonder how much of that rear metal structure relates to the overall chassis rigidity? A say this because the rear suspension attaches to it.
You're talking about electrolysis, which is a big problem in boats. It happens with any dis-similar metals, some worse than others. Boats are the worst as they live in water. Cars take so long most don't even know about it."Downside is that the connection between CF and aluminum structures need annual inspection by Alfa service department"
Probably worried about the possible onset of galvanic corrosion in the aluminum, as gr/ep and aluminum in contact needs to be separated by some sort of dielectric material so that a "battery" isn't created when everything gets wet, esp if salt is used on the road in the winter.
Thus the evidently required inspections.
On one airplane I helped design, some of the gr/ep and aluminum structure in joints was separated by Kapton film. In other areas, the gr/ep structure was attached to titanium structure, titanium metal being used in part because it doesn't create a battery when against the carbon composite material.