Elon Musk can afford his fair share of hobbies, even the ones that seem a bit mundane. The latest project from the Boring Company is just that. The company will be making bricks. And why not? They’re digging a massive hole underneath Los Angeles, and the dirt from that hole has to go somewhere. Bricks seem like a logical way to reuse the material.
Musk held a live-stream Thursday evening to talk about the plans for the tunnel. It was during this meeting that he spilled the beans about his bricks. He’d even brought one with him as part of the set-dressing.
The “loop” was the main attraction. The cars will travel at 150 mph. 16 passenger pods will blast from downtown L.A. to LAX, 11 of the most congested miles in the country, in a mere 8 minutes. And it will only cost passengers $1.
That economy carries over to his new bricks, too.
“These are bricks that are made by compressing the dirt at extremely high pressures, adding a little bit of, a small amount of concrete,” Musk said. “And we have bricks that are rated for California seismic loads. And then these bricks, we can sell the bricks for like 10 cents a brick or something like that.”
Ten cents for a brick the size of the one he had on display is stupid cheap. And if they’re stronger and more aesthetically pleasing that cinder blocks….
“And they’re really great bricks. You can like build houses with them and things. These are like way better than cinder block. Because cinder blocks are not really that strong and kind of rough and grainy. These are super strong. They’re more like, like they’re smooth. They’re incredibly smooth. There’s not really a good analog for these, ‘cause these are bricks that are way better than any bricks I’ve ever seen at a construction site.”
New Boring Company merch coming soon. Lifesize LEGO-like interlocking bricks made from tunneling rock that you can use to create sculptures & buildings. Rated for California seismic loads, so super strong, but bored in the middle, like an aircraft wing spar, so not heavy.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 26, 2018
Musk seems to be thinking of some monumental structures, too.
“I think you’re starting with the Egyptian pantheon,” Musk said at the presentation, addressing SpaceX engineer Steven Davis.
“You told us to build a pyramid. We’re building a pyramid and a temple for you,” Davis responded.
“Temple of Horus,” Musk clarified. “Start with the Temple of Horus pyramid, and a Sphynx.”