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Larry Ellison's all billet aluminum Cobra
Jalopnik ^ | 10/20/2008 | Ben Wojdyla

Posted on 10/20/2009 5:09:26 PM PDT by nascarnation

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison commissioned the fabricators at Kirkham Motorsports to build the ultimate, cost-is-no-object roadster. After years of labor, they've completed the all-billet aluminum Cobra. Click "more" to see them build one of the most spectacular custom cars ever.

(Excerpt) Read more at jalopnik.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: aluminum; automakers; cars; ceo; cobra; ellison; kirkham; oracle

1 posted on 10/20/2009 5:09:27 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

Sweet.. it must be nice to have a money no object budget for something like this. I bet the craftsmen who had a chance to build her enjoyed the building far more than Ellison enjoys the owning.


2 posted on 10/20/2009 5:11:14 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: nascarnation

All billet my backside.

I can see just from that photo that the rims, the body, and the roll bar are not billet.


3 posted on 10/20/2009 5:12:56 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

Yeah, neither is the windshield /s


4 posted on 10/20/2009 5:13:48 PM PDT by rednesss (fascism is the union,marriage,merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power)
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To: nascarnation

That is cool.

Now for titanium. lol


5 posted on 10/20/2009 5:14:08 PM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: mamelukesabre

I think you’re picking nits.
The chassis and underpinnings are incredible.
Even the book detailing the build is made from aluminum, LOL.


6 posted on 10/20/2009 5:14:27 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

Someone doens’t even know what “billet” means.

Hint: it doesn’t mean aluminum.


7 posted on 10/20/2009 5:17:42 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: nascarnation

It’s just so unfortunate that such a fine thing belongs to such a pr1ck like Ellison.


8 posted on 10/20/2009 5:19:39 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: mamelukesabre

c’mon man
just enjoy craftsmanship, eh?


9 posted on 10/20/2009 5:23:35 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: mnehring

“Sweet.. it must be nice to have a money no object budget...”

Kind of like our government!


10 posted on 10/20/2009 5:26:40 PM PDT by mark3681
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To: nascarnation

Can’t

Can’t get past the STUPID title.


11 posted on 10/20/2009 5:26:55 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: nascarnation
Hard to believe that car is carved from a single large block of metal.

The "tires" must be anodized black...Right?

12 posted on 10/20/2009 5:27:14 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs, nothing more than bald haired hippies.)
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To: mark3681

Yea, but even though Ellison is a p**ck as another poster said, at least he made it from creating products people want, not stealing and redistributing.


13 posted on 10/20/2009 5:28:40 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: nascarnation

I think I’d rather have Jay Leno’s custom built jet car.


14 posted on 10/20/2009 5:34:33 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: mamelukesabre

All billet my backside.

I can see just from that photo that the rims, the body, and the roll bar are not billet.
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Perhaps they are ‘aircraft aluminum’. Not that cheezy regular aluminum.


15 posted on 10/20/2009 5:42:24 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: mnehring

You got me there!


16 posted on 10/20/2009 5:43:26 PM PDT by mark3681
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To: loungitude

Ha

I guess the title should’ve been:

all billet cobra except for the aircraft aluminum parts that aren’t cheezy regular aluminum.


17 posted on 10/20/2009 5:49:38 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mark3681

The way I see it, p**cks like Ellison give craftsmen (artists) like those who built this car an opportunity of a lifetime.


18 posted on 10/20/2009 5:51:16 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I’d like to see the pile of scraps left over after carving a fender or a gas tank out of billet.


19 posted on 10/20/2009 5:52:04 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: nascarnation

what a beautiful car.


20 posted on 10/20/2009 5:55:00 PM PDT by blackminorca
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To: GeronL
No titanium. How about copper?


21 posted on 10/20/2009 6:23:58 PM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: nascarnation

I wonder if Carrol Shelby has seen this.


22 posted on 10/20/2009 6:25:33 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: BubbaBasher

copper, could be nice


23 posted on 10/20/2009 6:27:31 PM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: nascarnation

I would have anodized the body blue and the undercarriage purple. Maybe Larwhie didn’t have money left over for the dip treatment.


24 posted on 10/20/2009 6:31:53 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: nascarnation

OK , it’s beautiful ... but what does it weigh? And does Larry Ellison have the skill to lap faster in this than I could in a rented Sentra?


25 posted on 10/20/2009 6:47:18 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Cobra64
Hi Cobra64,

Saw this and thought you might find it interesting. Hope all is well with you and yours...

FRegards, Dayglored

26 posted on 10/20/2009 7:00:13 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: mamelukesabre

Mamel..., I was poking at the ridiculousness of the ‘billet’ (and ‘aircraft’) thing. I hope you were too. I enjoy your posts! If you like, I can FRmail a ‘certificate of authenticity’ for this exchange.


27 posted on 10/20/2009 7:00:32 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: nascarnation

The front looks like a fish with wide open mouth.


28 posted on 10/20/2009 7:02:26 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: mnehring

I agree that Ellison is a pr*ck. During the early Oracle days, he was ticketed by a cop for speeding (he was driving his Porsche.) He sped to the front of Oracle headquarters, got out of his car, and told the cops, “talk to my attorney.” Our corporate attorney headed down in a matter of minutes and got the ticket from the cop.

Also, his when his first book came out, the first page said, “What does God say every morning in front of the mirror?” Answer: “I wish I was Larry Ellison!”


29 posted on 10/20/2009 7:07:39 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: loungitude

I’m curious as to what that would look like.


30 posted on 10/20/2009 7:32:04 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

It’s not pretty.


31 posted on 10/20/2009 7:44:27 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: loungitude

The exchange or the certification of? And what exchange are we discussing anyway?


32 posted on 10/20/2009 7:49:13 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

Nunumz wud prity.
I am siging off.. Take care friend.


33 posted on 10/20/2009 8:36:51 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: loungitude

I thought I was going to be the first one to say it’s ugly.


34 posted on 10/20/2009 9:36:56 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: mamelukesabre
the pile of scraps left over after carving a fender or a gas tank

Nonono no.

The entire car...there are no bolts or even motor mounts...one continuous piece.

It must have been quite a feat cutting the clearances between the "bearing surfaces" of the rods, mains and the crank all done inside the block with no bolt-on bearing caps.

I'm just not too confident how well an aluminum crank and transmission gears would hold up.

35 posted on 10/21/2009 10:23:02 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs, nothing more than bald haired hippies.)
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To: dayglored

Wow! That’s one hell of a Cobra. Thanks for the link!


36 posted on 10/21/2009 6:11:26 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Probably just fine...

since aluminum sparkplugs with aluminum insulators and aluminum wiring with aluminum insulation, aluminum distributor cap, and alternator, coil, and voltage regulators all made from aluminum....probably not gonna be a whole lotta horsepower being generated.

In fact, I doubt the all-aluminum starter motor could even turn it over a single time...esecially if it’s powered by an all aluminum battery.


37 posted on 10/21/2009 9:51:33 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre
Good points...a very safe car at 0 MPH.

Those aluminum seats could be a tad uncomfortable...cold too.

38 posted on 10/22/2009 4:19:48 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs, nothing more than bald haired hippies.)
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To: mamelukesabre

I’m still laughing about the aluminum plug wires.


39 posted on 10/22/2009 4:20:52 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs, nothing more than bald haired hippies.)
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To: o2bfree
Look at all the Anti Ellison pansies here. :-) Investors who bought Oracle stock at the beginning of the recession have done well. Oracle and Ellison have a credible vision. I'm not sure Microsoft, IBM, and SAP can match it.
40 posted on 10/22/2009 4:37:37 AM PDT by o2bfree (This president is giving me a headache!)
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