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Tacodan
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 7:55:11 AM

Like a thief in the night, wind resistance is a stealthy intruder that saps your speed and murders your mileage without leaving fingerprints. The gentle murmur of air streaming over, under, and through your car belies the wind’s heinous ways.

Even if there’s no alternative to driving through Earth’s atmosphere, we can at least fight wind resistance with science. Aerodynamics—the study of air in motion—can lift our top speeds, curb our fuel consumption, and, if we’re smart about it, keep our tires stuck to the pavement.

Long before automotive engineers fretted over aerodynamics, ­aviation pioneers defined the basic principles of drag and lift. Inspired by birds and airships, early speed demons also toyed with streamlined shapes. The first car to crack 60 mph (in 1899) was an electrically
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 2:21:21 PM

There has always been and will always be tradeoffs in the conflict between any vehicles necessary operating functions, aerodynamics, weight and user requirements. The quest for greater and greater fuel efficiency within each class of vehicle has led to the fact that today one cannot tell comparable sedans apart unless one is close enough to the vehicle to read the brand badge on the front or the model information on the back which is the direct result of the CAFÉ standard mandated by governmental edict.

The only remaining exceptions to this “sameness” within vehicles classes is the SUV and pickup offerings but even the unique looks still surviving in the SUV and pickup lines are fading fast. The principles of aerodynamics are the reason for the “sameness” as the various vehicle manufacturers strive to comply with the CAFÉ standards.
MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 2:08:02 PM

Good to see they keep working on this. No mention, though, of dimpled bottom plates. Maybe those don't work as well as the inventors thought.
jimgraham
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 2:29:44 AM

Enlightening to say the least.
dudleydog
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:22:15 PM

aero design is quite interesting.
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 5:02:43 PM

Grabber.
tcrunner
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 3:55:14 PM

Interesting headline.....
md11capt
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 1:30:45 PM

"around, under, or through" were words used in a cigarette commercial.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 12:05:03 PM

ok
dfd1983
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 10:40:24 AM

hmm
MassGas007
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 10:38:36 AM

OK
DLCarpernet
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 10:35:41 AM

Very interesting read. Very informative.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 10:32:46 AM

that's why you need to wash and wax your car ....so its slippery
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 10:31:06 AM

Weird title for this article.
BobBG
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 10:11:08 AM

Very informative.
ObieDog
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 9:42:07 AM

I thought this was going to be about feather boas and high heels.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 9:40:37 AM

ok
blupupher
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 9:35:44 AM

too bad cars are all starting to look alike.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 9:12:02 AM

tres interesant
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 9:11:37 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 9:07:07 AM

Resistance is futile???? Now at what costs?
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:56:00 AM

Many trucks I see on the road have incorporated aerodynamic parts.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:54:26 AM

Very interesting reading!
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:38:57 AM

Good article.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:37:20 AM

interesting
supersonic873
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:34:41 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:31:41 AM

Good article.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:24:34 AM

I can see how the "La Jamais Contente" got it's name.
Chem60
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:24:18 AM


By the headline I assumed footage of Wesley Snipes running after Patrick Swayse in that silly movie had been released.

But the article was really informative.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:15:21 AM

Ok.
PhilMils
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:13:44 AM

Interesting read.

I am always saddened when I see someone with limited means buying a vehicle and requesting that a wind foil be added to the rear at extra cost. They spend their money foolishly.
MaxWebster
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:11:04 AM

ok
CarefulDriver
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:05:49 AM

Wind resistance is very important in transportation.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 8:00:01 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 7:58:32 AM

a never ending quest for perfection is good
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