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2021 Polestar 2: Ep2 – Sandy Looks Under The Hood

Polstar 2 Sandy Munro Ep 2 under the hood

2021 Polestar 2: Ep2 – Sandy Looks Under The Hood

In the second episode on the 2021 Polestar 2, Sandy has a look under the “bonnet” of the car to have a look at the fuse box.  In the Polestar you find a conventional fuse box build with replaceable fuses.   Sandy compares this to the Tesla vehicles that instead has fuses that can be turned back OTA (over-the-air program).

Sandy goes on to discuss the pluses and minuses of having a double latch for the hood and how that can affect space for the cooling module.  Upon further exploration, Sandy finds one of his favorite fasteners, especially because it came out of one of Sandy’s Lean Design workshops year ago.  Beyond that though, this fastener is strong, versatile, and can be removed and put back on indefinitely.

Sandy goes on to explain why the hood is shaped the way that it is for collisions and finds another one of his favorite fasteners the self-piercing rivet.

Sandy points out other things that he likes under the hood, but for that you will have to watch the video below:

Sandy Takes A Look Under The Hood of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-E Under the Hood Sandy Munro

Sandy Takes A Look Under The Hood of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E

In this second installment of the Mustang Mach-E series, Sandy has a look at what is under the hood of the Mustang Mach-E.  Now if you have watched our last episode, then technically you know that Sandy has already looked under this hood, but upon further inspection, Sandy finds two secrets that make him propel this vehicle into a position of competition with the Tesla.

Beyond this, Sandy talks more about the frunk, what is under certain access panels including the 12 Volt battery, seals, coolant fill, etc.  To watch the full episode and find out what has Sandy so enamored with the Mach-E, you will just have to watch the video below:

Sandy Takes a Look Under the Hood of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 – Ep2

Under the Hood of the Volkswagen ID.4

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E2 – Under The Hood

In this episode, Sandy gives his impressions on the use of the Volkswagen ID.4 frunk comparing it with other vehicles Munro has analyzed, specifically the Telsa Model 3.

The first thing Sandy makes a comment of is the fact that the VW ID.4 hood is quite heavy and has to be lifted by hand unassisted by shocks – unlike the Model 3.  Sandy goes on to explain why maybe the hood is configured the way that it is and points out differences between European designs and why the hood is shaped in order to lessen the damages to a pedestrian involved in a head-on collision.

Then Sandy finds that the VW ID.4 hood has a lot crammed underneath it similar to what you would find in a legacy I.C.E. vehicle (minus an engine, fan, etc.).  But you will find the fuse box, which is one of the first things that Sandy has an issue with.  In this VW fuse box, you do not find a schematic explaining what he fuses do underneath the cover like you would in many cars.  Instead, you must look at the manual to figure out what fuse performs what function.

Next up is the bottle and hose for the windshield wiper fluid which Sandy likes, due to the blue lid making it obvious what that is for.  However, Sandy finds the bottle detaches and hides perhaps a very important secret underneath.

Not to spoil any more of the video, to find out what else Sandy finds, you will have to watch the video by clicking on the link below:

2021 Tesla Model 3: E4 – Under the Hood

2021 Tesla Model 3 E4 - Under the Hood

2021 Tesla Model 3: E4 – Under the Hood

In episode 4 of the new Tesla Model 3 teardown, Sandy has a look under the hood of our new Model 3 and compares it to several of the discoveries we made under the hood of the Mode Y during last years teardown.

One such issue that was caught in the Model Y teardown was the snap fits holding the plastic panels.  Marketable improvement was found on the new Model 3.  Sandy then goes further into examining the frunk and how it is attached, improvements on the air vents, the HVAC, and other components and clips.

But to find out more you will just have to watch: