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Re: Hypothetical vehicle design, need help
umm - forgive me - but you CANT have a vehicel planned out if you havent decided on frame, unitized, or monocoque construction - the design, the equipment/design of the latter 2 have to be done together.
to point you in the right direction
a) Autovas (Niva), uses monocoque construction, with an internal ( full) frame, AND a stressed steel skin.
b)Foers ( IBEX) uses a space frame, and totally non structural skin
c) land rover (defender), Mercedes ( Unimog, G-wagen)) - ladder frame, adn non -structural skin
d) Unitbody Mercedes (ML), Toyota ( Rav4)< Honda ( CRV) Unibodywith structural skin, and partial load spreading sub-frames.
if you go look these up via the dealer/factory websites, you'll start to seea patten emerge as to weight vs intended use vs capcities. the first 2 are the 'exceptions' to the norm...and are notable because of their numbers: the niva is perhaps one of the biggest runs of a single production vehicle, while the Ibex is one of the most exclusive ( hand built in a small facility)
You'll have to base your final design on the intended uses.....and whats good for one use wont necessarilly be good for all.