Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,858
Stef- No, the aluminum will burn like a match when if reaches ignition temperature. If you look at an older Ferrari that has been in a fire, the aluminum panels will be completely missing and the steel panels will be merely scortched and, usually, not even badly warped.
Naval architecture in the 70s was evolving to aluminum superstructure for the same reasons we use it in cars. It was lighter in weight, lowered the center of gravity making ships better in heavy seas, and did not corrode as badly as steel. During the Falklands War in the early 80s, though, the Royal Navy discovered that the aluminum burned like a piece of balsa wood when combined with high explosives from the bombs the Argentinean AF was dropping.
Memories are short, however, and the USN is now using aluminum superstructure again. Not sure about the Royal Navy, but it would not surprise me if they forgot as well.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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