2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E3 – Hoist Review, Front and Rear Suspension
In this episode of Munro Live Sandy conducts a hoist review and has a look under the car examining it’s structure, suspension, as well as brakes and other exposed/visible parts from underneath the vehicle.
First Sandy removes the aeroshields so that he can inspect the underbelly of the car. Sandy remarks that he finds, ” there are cross car beams all over the place,” and is a little surprised at the over engineering displayed here. That being said, perhaps this plays into VW long history of making very safe vehicles, but it seems a bit much to Sandy’s keen eye. Sandy, being the father of the Lean Design methodology, always teaches that part reduction and design simplification is best when creating a product, especially a new vehicle platform.
Moving on to the suspension, Sandy finds a coil spring over a shock absorber with a stabilizer. This would be the general configuration of a more economy-priced vehicle. Sandy points out that this is in contrast to what you would find in a higher end vehicle such as a BMW or what we found on the Tesla cars we have torn down.
Sandy goes on to show of the steering mechanism/box, he explains why European cars all have pass-by shrouds, why the rear wheels have drum brakes, and much more. To get the full Sandy analysis, you have to click below to watch the full episode.
2021 Tesla Model 3: E2 – Hoist Review & Some Cost Savings
In the second episode of Munro’s new analysis of the Tesla Model 3, Sandy walks us through a hoist review of the vehicle.
First, Sandy addresses a somewhat hidden front access cover under the car that (we think) might be for the euro towing package because you can access the internal front bumper from there. Why this would appear on a US model, however, is puzzling to Sandy as this would add cost to the vehicle. That being said, Sandy is very impressed with the snap fits that he finds. The precision of the snap fits is excellent, leading Sandy to further ponder why the rest of the fit and finish gaps exist on the doors and rear trunk/lights talked about in the last episode.
Next Sandy addresses some of the conspiracies, or at the very least, accusatory comments that we have been getting regarding missing nuts on the upper and lower control arms and the like. Sandy, however, doesn’t find anything out of sorts on the car like this and, to the contrary, praises Tesla’s suspension.
He goes on to reveal some parts that Tesla has decided to eliminate which, as the man who invented the Lean Design® methodology, Sandy is all too happy to find – discussing the cost savings of these design changes. But to learn what he found as he crunches the numbers… well you are just going to have to watch the video by Clicking on the link below: