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Only Ford I gave a hoot about: Falcon XB Interceptor.

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Companies have been producing this type of plastic from the start with one exception, it was always considered a defect. The little air bubbles are called voids and they have been around since melted plastic was pushed through a hot barrel into a mold. Now some "smart" exec is getting stroked for coming up with an idea that people have been doing their best to prevent for decades.
So these guys get praised and promoted while in the past countless people have been ridiculed and fired for producing the same thing.
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I'm glad their cheap engine covers will now be lighter..
The engine covers are likely just a test run using non-essential parts to find out the plastic's durability. The engine covers get heated, cooled, and shook more than pretty much any other plastic on the car without being important. If the plastics survive there without issue they can move onto other objects like the air intake, the backs of the headlights, non-visible parts of the interior, etc.

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Companies have been producing this type of plastic from the start with one exception, it was always considered a defect. The little air bubbles are called voids and they have been around since melted plastic was pushed through a hot barrel into a mold. Now some "smart" exec is getting stroked for coming up with an idea that people have been doing their best to prevent for decades.
So these guys get praised and promoted while in the past countless people have been ridiculed and fired for producing the same thing.
I believe the difference is in the size and consistency of the bubbles. One decent sized bubble is bad. A bunch of spaced out super tiny bubbles is good.
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So... Their plan is to just pump air into the molds for their parts... Nice...
     
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The Aero chocolate bar was an amazing marketing concept, sell you half the chocolate for the same price. All they have to do is pump it full of air.
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The Aero chocolate bar was an amazing marketing concept, sell you half the chocolate for the same price. All they have to do is pump it full of air.
See, I thought the Twix bar was the most devious marketing of all.

Back in the day I remember people thinking they were sneaky because they got two bars instead of the usual one.
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I'm just waiting for Land Rover to take their inspiration from a Yorkie. Their vehicles will be harder than diamonds, which, as we know, is the hardest metal known to man.
I got that. Lols followed. In other news, I think there are a LOT of other places that are more important to invest R&D in than those silly engine covers.
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Am I the only one who was 110% sure who the poster was at the very moment I saw the word "chocolate" in a news post?
 
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The engine covers are likely just a test run using non-essential parts to find out the plastic's durability. The engine covers get heated, cooled, and shook more than pretty much any other plastic on the car without being important. If the plastics survive there without issue they can move onto other objects like the air intake, the backs of the headlights, non-visible parts of the interior, etc.



I believe the difference is in the size and consistency of the bubbles. One decent sized bubble is bad. A bunch of spaced out super tiny bubbles is good.
Well I have personally seen both types of voids, the reason they would be counted as defects has nothing to do with the part it's self and everything to do with the part being under the specified weight.
So they could have potentially been throwing out good parts by todays standards (based on this process) simply because they had any air/voids at all.
I'm not saying this is a bad process, what I'm saying is standards are dropping.
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Of course you would cover this FrickFrock
    
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