Category Archives: Benchmarking

Sandy Talks Ride and Drive Experience of the Mustang Mach-E Ep. 5

Sandy Munro Mustang Mach-E Ride and Drive Ep5

Sandy Talks Ride and Drive Experience of the Mustang Mach-E Ep. 5

Well Munro Live fans, we are coming to the end of this first series on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E with Sandy evaluating the vehicle’s Ride and Drive experience and it doesn’t fail to impress.  Sandy’s expectations were met, stating that, “it feels as fast (in terms of acceleration) as the Model 3 and Y” and that, “everything feels like it is in the right place.”

Sandy has no problem with the navigation systems unlike the Volkswagen ID.4 even though he was traveling to one of his most disliked and seldom traveled destinations – the mall.  Sandy, however, is not a fan of the placement of the Monroney sticker (the window label required on new cars) as it is blocking his vision when lane changing.

Sandy finally gets a chance to open up a little with the car and gets a real sense of what it can do, remarking that, “going 90 feels like 30.”  So far this is the most impressed with another EV that Sandy has been since the Tesla Models and even thanked his old team at Ford for bringing to the EV future a real Mustang experience.  He is so impressed in fact that he announces that he is going to tear apart and fully analyze one of these cars now.  Wait for it subscribers!  I think you will have a lot to be surprised and intrigued about.

Coming to the Great Lakes Crossings Mall, Sandy pulls up to a Charge Point DC Fast Charging station.  Sandy likes the fact that he can pull in frontwards as the placement of the charging port is at the front of the car.  But once he gets charging he is not impressed with the performance of the charging station itself – calling it, “not fast,” and, “a waste of my time.”

To watch the closing remarks and to catch all of the funny commentary moments in the drive itself, you will have to watch the video:

“This Ford Doesn’t Look Like a Ford!” Ep 3 2021 Mustang Mach-E Hoist and Suspension Review

Sandy Munro Episode 3 Mustang Mach E Hoist and Suspension Review

“This Ford Doesn’t Look Like a Ford!” Ep 3 2021 Mustang Mach-E Hoist and Suspension Review

It is not too often that Sandy is completely flabbergasted when looking underneath a vehicle.  In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy’s first words were, “This doesn’t look like a Ford”, which is his parlance is meant to convey shock and awe – Ford seems to have made a quantum leap in engineering.

From precision fitting heavy-duty brakes, semi-solid castings, a great craddle design, interesting things hidden around and motor and battery case… this is a must watch video.

Sandy is in-fact so impressed that he might just buy one of these and tear it apart to analyze it completely!

Industry Week 7 Developments Shaping Automotive in 2021

Industry Week 7 Developments Edit

Industry Week 7 Developments Shaping Automotive in 2021

Sandy Munro get featured in the Industry Week article “Back to the Future: 7 Developments Shaping Automotive in 2021 and Beyond” by Laura Putre. On page three of this seven slide article entitled, “Battery Battles Heating Up”, we see the familiar picture of Sandy Munro working on and explaining his mock up of the battery bay system using example replica’s of the new Tesla 4680 batteries.

The article goes on to explain why everyone is watching Tesla’s developments with both awe and fear and why Sandy thinks that the legacy automakers are going to have a hard time catching up.  It’s a great article for some sobering statistics on Tesla’s new batteries as well as where the legacy automakers stand.

To read the full article, click here:

https://www.industryweek.com/leadership/media-gallery/21150611/back-to-the-future-7-developments-shaping-automotive-in-2021-and-beyond/slideshow?slide=3

 

 

Jalopnik Drops Off The Cheapest EV in the World at Munro

Jalopnik Changli Munro Associates

Jalopnik Drops Off The Cheapest EV in the World at Munro

Well, they warned us… Jalopnik’s own Jason Torchinsky threatened that he was going to come visit Munro after competing in the race “Motorsport 4 the Masses” event in Franklin, North Carolina, and by golly, here they are!

Jason first announced his intention to go on a tour with his newly acquired Changli EV about 2 weeks ago in this article that you can read here: https://jalopnik.com/the-changli-is-going-racing-and-beyond-1845179682

As the Changli, in all it’s 1.1 Horsepower glory, can’t handle a trip of more than 28 miles on a single charge, the car is getting transported around using an F 250 Tremor.  Jason promised to come visit Munro with this oddity of a vehicle after the race so that Sandy could tool-around a bit with it, give some analysis, and lament over the engineering he finds, exclaiming, “everything here tells me I don’t know anything about cars” lol.

To watch the sneak peek video, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7djJtyBdzw&ab_channel=MunroLive

 

 

Sandy’s Tesla Battery Day Follow-up Part 2

Sandy’s Tesla Battery Day Follow-up

Sandy’s Tesla Battery Day Follow-up Part 2

In the second installment of Sandy’s analysis of Tesla’s battery day discoveries, Sandy starts off by answering certain comments and questions from viewers and then goes into more detail about why he thinks the batteries will be a superior solution.  Sandy also reveals where the large casting came from in our last video – Invocast!

From there Sandy Goes back into history and starts talking about other projects that Munro has worked on where we have turned a corner in technology and improved a product or vehicle to the point where we changed the critic’s minds about what could be possible.

Sandy then moves into Munro’s future, working with several new electric vehicles in order to bring low cost and fun transportation solutions to the market, in the form of Arcimoto’s FUV, Aptera, and the Nobe Car.  We address issues like safety, but also cost, delivering to niche markets, and innovation in a burgeoning area of EVs.  Sandy also let’s his audience know that he is open to investors who want to be a part of the future of these vehicles, specifically the Nobe.

But perhaps most interesting of all… there is a surprise box at the end… what will it be???

Watch the full episode here:  https://youtu.be/FQQPyE8bePs

Round Table #1 with David Tracy of Jalopnik – Bronco vs. Wrangler

Round Table 1 Sandy Munro David Tracy of Jalopnik Bronco vs Wrangler

Round Table #1 with David Tracy of Jalopnik – Bronco vs. Wrangler

In Munro’s first podcast style episode of Round Table with Sandy Munro and David Tracy of Jalopnik, hosted by Kevin Harty, a consultant at Munro, the group discusses the differences, plusses and minuses, of the Bronco and Wrangler.

Sandy goes into some personal history of his experiences with the two vehicles and insider stories from the OEM’s.  But the main meat of this interview comes in the format of dissecting these vehicles, feature by feature.

If you want to hear some great shop talk in this almost 2 hour podcast, click on this link and enjoy the raw talk goodness of Round Table #1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em7FzqzAmFM&ab_channel=MunroLive

 

Mint Chosun Ilbo: Sandy Munro says Tesla is 8 Years Ahead 박하 조선 일보 : 샌디 먼로, 테슬라가 기술에서 8 년 이상 앞서있다

Chosun Ilbo Mint Sandy Munro 박하 조선 일보

Mint Chosun Ilbo: Sandy Munro says Tesla is 8 Years Ahead

Mint which is the Economic Business Section of Chosun Ilbo (the largest newspaper and online news source in Korea) recently did a video interview with Sandy Munro.  In this no-holds-barred interview, Sandy reveals several of the shocking finds that were uncovered about Tesla’s technological prowess in the Tesla Model Y.

The reporters were blown away at the honesty and depth that Sandy Munro went into when describing his favorite finds in the Model Y including the Megacasting, the batteries and motor, as well as the overall improvements that Tesla seems to keep making with every new design iteration of their vehicles.

Tesla is 5-10 years ahead in electronics, motors, and overall the general design of these cars vs any of their competitors.  Sandy is particularly impressed with the material science and metallurgical breakthroughs that Tesla has employed.  Some of the alloys on the steel and aluminum parts are unique and never seen before by Munro in their 32+ years of business.

Sandy says that the automotive world probably can’t catch up with Tesla because they have such a head start as well as continuing to rapidly apply new design changes in their vehicles.

Many of the new ideas Tesla comes up with are hidden in plain sight by Tesla as they don’t necessarily patent everything, therefore not bringing attention to their innovations that they wish for competitors to overlook.

To watch the video click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlsaEJeU5JQ&ab_channel=Mint

To read the original article in Korean, 한국어로 된 원문보기, follow this link:  https://www.chosun.com/economy/2020/09/14/LVD733VXHFESLAM5SHYB5677RM/?utm_source=naver&utm_medium=newsstand&utm_campaign=news

Automotive News – How Will Tesla Rivals Top This?

How Will Tesla Rivals Top This

Automotive News – How Will Tesla Rivals Top This?

In this edition of Automotive News, Sandy Munro is heavily featured as the author Michael Martinez dives deep into Munro’s teardown of the Tesla Model Y and how it showcases how far EV’s have come in respect of technology and builds.

“They’ve got a depth I just don’t see anywhere else,” says Munro of Tesla’s newest Model Y, especially when it comes to the battery, motor, and the now famous “Octovalve.”  This article pours over several of the cars key engineering wonders and body zones to give the reader a full look of the vehicle from a technological viewpoint.

Sandy Munro says, “I thought the Model 3 was 10 years ahead of the competition, now seeing the Model Y, I think this is another 4 years beyond that!”

To read the whole article, click here!

However, if you really want to learn about the Model Y to its core pieces, then you need to purchase the newly finished Model Y Report.  10’s of thousands of pages on the bleeding edge of EV technology is at your fingertips.  Want more?  Well, there is also Munro’s 10 Leading EV Motor Report, the Octovalve Report, 3 Inverter Report, and the Model 3 report.

Sandy Talks On “Now You Know” Part 1 “Tesla Lies”?

Now you Know In Depth Tesla Lies Sandy Munro

Sandy Talks On “Now You Know” Part 1 “Tesla Lies”?

Recently, Sandy was interviewed on the YouTube show “Now You Know”, specifically their “In Depth” series where Zac & Jesse talk Tesla, Munro’s history, and innovation in detail.  This is the first part of a two-part series interview with Sandy and it is one of the best interviews of Sandy yet!

Sandy talks about how Munnro has worked on everything from Barbie to parts of the International Space Station (ISS), how Tesla stands against the rest of the market, old OEM stories, in-depth Model Y stories, and new technologies.

You don’t want to miss this show; here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l6DPwKHWpY

Speaking of the Model Y, our Model Y report which showcases all the leading EV technology and those suggestions Munro gave to Tesla can now be purchased. No other car we have analyzed has this many technology leaps.  One of those leaps is the Octovalve and Thermal System which is such a unique technology that we created a separate report just on it.  Also, Munro has reports on 3 EV Inverters and a comparison of 10 of the leading EV motors and the Model 3.

If you are serious about competing in the new EV world, these reports are a must-have.  Don’t be left in the dust while your competitors reap the knowledge contained in these tomes.  Reports of this type don’t exist anywhere else in the market.  Contact sales@leandesign.com for more information.

Munro Selling Model Y Sample Reports for $5

Tesla Model Y Sample Report $5

Munro Selling Model Y Sample Reports for $5

What? $5 for a Munro report?  Well, not exactly… Munro sells the full Model Y Report for $89K.  Paying full price will get you as follows:

  • Vehicle and Zone Executive Summaries
  • Zone Eye-Catching Features
  • Zone Quick Cost Estimate Report
  • Zone Quick-Costed Bill of Material in PDF format
  • Weights and most materials and suppliers identified
  • Electrical Topology
  • Cooling Topology (full details available for purchase in separate Thermal Systems Report)
  • Vehicle Fit, Finish & Quality report (FFQ™)
  • Wind Tunnel Testing Results
  • Scans of the vehicle in .STL format

You can also purchase individual reports made for those only interested in specific vehicle areas.  The cost breakdown for those is as such:

  • Zone 1 Body and Chassis $32,000 USD
  • Zone 2 Controlling Electronics $38,000 USD
  • Zone 3 Interiors and Safety $30,000 USD
  • Zone 4 Powertrain and Battery Pack $45,000 USD
  • Electrical Topology $ 5,000 USD
  • Thermal Systems Report $15,000 USD

In addition to this you can also buy the Tesla Model 3 to Model Y Side-by-Side Report for $35,000 USD.

So what does the $5 report get you?  The purchaser will receive over 100 pages of the actual report, but the information will be augmented to hide the real data.  That being said there is a ton of great factual in formation in the sample report and as a student you get to see what a professional benchmarking report looks like.

For more information, Sandy put together this quick video explaining the sample reports: