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Old 04-21-2008, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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CdA list

Well, I thought it might be nice to get a good aerodynamic comparison going between different cars and CdA is really the only way to get that. So, this morning I threw some data together on an excel spreadsheet and totaled up some of Toyota's smaller cars on it. I'd like to expand it to other brands (I'm most familiar with Toyota) and I would like you guy's help for that. Here is what I have so far.

You can see I sorted it by CdA. The height and width are in inches and frontal are is in square feet (W * H * .81). The formula used for CdA is Frontal Area * Cd.


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Old 04-22-2008, 01:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My "area" value is just vehicle width times height, as you seem to have done in your spreadsheet. If anyone remembers the link that describes the GIMP method of finding area, I'll submit a more accurate number.

1996 Ford Thunderbird
Cd: 0.31
Width: 6.0 ft
Height: 4.4 ft
A: 26.5 ft^2

CdA: 8.2 ft^2

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Old 04-22-2008, 08:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I suppose frontal area should include the .81 into the calculation. I went through and added a bunch of Scion and Honda data yesterday as well. I'll post up the new sheet in a while.
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Old 04-22-2008, 09:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I just replaced the original jpg so the first post should be updated. I have a bunch of the civic info on the bottom, but I'm not sure if its hatch/sedan so I'm not adding it to the bulk of info yet.

If you know your car's dimensions and .cd and model year range I'd greatly appreciate you posting it.

Of course, if you see any mistakes please let me know.
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i just looked online some and a 2000 Nissan Altima numbers are below.
W = 69.1 "
H = 55.9 "

with the 0.81 factor this works out to 21.73 Sq Ft

Cd (per MSN Auto) = 0.32

CdA would then be 6.95 Sq Ft
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Make: Hyundai
Model: Elantra
Year: 2007 -
Cd: 0.32 Cd
Height: 58.3
Width: 69.9
Frontal Area: 22.92
CdA: 7.33

Make: VW
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Excellent. I added the Altima (along with the other generations 1990+) and Sentras. I added Tas's cars as well. If I have time I'll go ahead and get their siblings and add them.

I could really use some help with the Metros and Civics though. I couldn't find good info differentiating between the hatchback and 4 door versions.
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I changed the format to html because it was getting a bit long. This way you can also search for what you want. I also posted up the .xls file if you wanted to download and resort it.
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There is a double entry for the elantra 2007 -

Also:

Make: VW
Model: Passat
Year: 1995-1997
Cd: 0.31 Cd
Height: 56.4
Width: 67.5
Frontal Area: 21.41
CdA: 6.64

Make: VW
Model: Passat Wagon
Year: 1995-1997
Cd: 0.33 Cd
Height: 58.7
Width: 67.5
Frontal Area: 22.29
CdA: 7.36

Make: Hyundai
Model: Sonata
Year: 2006 -
Cd: 0.32 Cd
Height: 58.0
Width: 72.1
Frontal Area: 23.52
CdA: 7.52

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Here are some I extracted from the pdf linked in my previous post:

ACURA 3.0 CL 1997
Coefficient of drag: 0.34
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 54.7 in.
Overall width: 70.1 in.

ACURA 3.2CL TYPE-S MANUAL 2003
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 55.5 in.
Overall width: 70.6 in.

ACURA NSX 1998
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: 19.16 sq.ft.
Overall height: 46.1 in.
Overall width: 71.3 in.

ACURA INTEGRA TYPE R 1997
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 51.9 in.
Overall width: 66.7 in.

ACURA RSX TYPE R 2002
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 54.5 in.
Overall width: 67.9 in.

CHEVROLET CAVALIER Z24 1997
Coefficient of drag: 0.36
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 53.2 in.
Overall width: 67.4 in.

CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 1998
Coefficient of drag: 0.34
Frontal area: 22.00 sq.ft.
Overall height: 51.3 in.
Overall width: 74.1 in.

CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS 1999
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 55.2 in.
Overall width: 72.7 in.

CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO Z34 1998
Coefficient of drag: 0.36
Frontal area: 22.60 sq.ft.
Overall height: 53.8 in.
Overall width: 72.5 in.

CHRYSLER PT CRUISER LIMITED EDITION 2000
Coefficient of drag: 0.40
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 63.0 in.
Overall width: 67.1 in.

CHRYSLER SEBRING LXI 1998
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 53.0 in.
Overall width: 69.7 in.

FORD ESCORT ZX2 SPORT 1997
Coefficient of drag: 0.36
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 52.3 in.
Overall width: 67.4 in.

FORD SVT F-150 LIGHTNING 2002
Coefficient of drag: 0.36
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 70.9 in.
Overall width: 79.1 in.

FORD SVT MUSTANG COBRA 2003
Coefficient of drag: 0.38
Frontal area: 22.50 sq.ft.
Overall height: 52.5 in.
Overall width: 73.1 in.

HONDA ACCORD EX V-6 COUPE 1998
Coefficient of drag: 0.34
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 55.1 in.
Overall width: 70.3 in.

HONDA CIVIC SI 1999
Coefficient of drag: 0.34
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 54.1 in.
Overall width: 67.1 in.

HONDA CIVIC SI 2001
Coefficient of drag: 0.33
Frontal area: 21.40 sq.ft.
Overall height: 56.6 in.
Overall width: 66.7 in.

HONDA CIVIC DEL SOL VTEC 1994
Coefficient of drag: 0.35
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 49.4 in.
Overall width: 66.7 in.

HONDA PRELUDE SH 1997
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 51.8 in.
Overall width: 69.0 in.

HONDA S2000
Coefficient of drag: 0.33
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 50.6 in.
Overall width: 68.9 in.

HYUNDAI TIBURON FX 1997
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 51.3 in.
Overall width: 68.1 in.

HYUNDAI TIBURON GT V-6 2003
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 52.3 in.
Overall width: 69.3 in.

LOTUS ELISE 1997
Coefficient of drag: 0.34
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 47.3 in.
Overall width: 67.0 in.

LOTUS ESPRIT TURBO 1997
Coefficient of drag: 0.33
Frontal area: 19.40 sq.ft.
Overall height: 45.3 in.
Overall width: 73.5 in.

MAZDA MIATA 1998
Coefficient of drag: 0.38
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 47.3 in.
Overall width: 66.1 in.

MAZDA RX-7 1993
Coefficient of drag: 0.33
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 48.4 in.
Overall width: 68.9 in.

MERCEDES-BENZ CL500 2000
Coefficient of drag: 0.28
Frontal area: 23.90 sq.ft.
Overall height: 55.0 in.
Overall width: 73.1 in.

MERCEDES-BENZ 600SL 1993
Coefficient of drag: 0.45
Frontal area: 21.20 sq.ft.
Overall height: 50.7 in.
Overall width: 71.3 in.

MERCURY COUGAR 1999
Coefficient of drag: 0.31
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 52.2 in.
Overall width: 69.6 in.

MINI COOPER S 2003
Coefficient of drag: 0.33
Frontal area: 21.30 sq.ft.
Overall height: 55.8 in.
Overall width: 66.5 in.

MITSUBISHI 3000GT VR-4 1994
Coefficient of drag: 0.33
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 49.3 in.
Overall width: 72.4 in.

MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE GS-T 1995
Coefficient of drag: 0.29
Frontal area: 20.40 sq.ft.
Overall height: 51.0 in.
Overall width: 68.3 in.

MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE GTS 2002
Coefficient of drag: 0.35
Frontal area: 20.40 sq.ft.
Overall height: 51.6 in.
Overall width: 68.9 in.

MITSUBISHI MIRAGE COUPE LS 1998
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 51.4 in.
Overall width: 66.5 in.

NISSAN 200SX SE-R 1995
Coefficient of drag: 0.34
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 54.2 in.
Overall width: 66.6 in.

NISSAN 240SX SE 1991
Coefficient of drag: 0.30
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 50.8 in.
Overall width: 66.5 in.

NISSAN 300ZX TURBO 1990
Coefficient of drag: 0.31
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 49.2 in.
Overall width: 70.5 in.

NISSAN 350Z 2003
Coefficient of drag: 0.29
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 51.9 in.
Overall width: 71.5 in.

PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM 1996
Coefficient of drag: 0.34
Frontal area: 22.00 sq.ft.
Overall height: 52.0 in.
Overall width: 74.5 in.

PORSCHE 911 CARRERA (996) 1999
Coefficient of drag: 0.30
Frontal area: 20.90 sq.ft.
Overall height: 51.4 in.
Overall width: 69.5 in.

PORSCHE 959 1990
Coefficient of drag: 0.31
Frontal area: 19.30 sq.ft.
Overall height: 47.2 in.
Overall width: 72.4 in.

PORSCHE BOXSTER 2000
Coefficient of drag: 0.31
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 50.8 in.
Overall width: 70.1 in.

SAAB 9-3 VIGGEN
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: 22.20 sq.ft.
Overall height: 56.2 in.
Overall width: 67.4 in.

SATURN SC2 1997
Coefficient of drag: 0.33
Frontal area: 20.90 sq.ft.
Overall height: 52.2 in.
Overall width: 67.3 in.

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.5RS 1997
Coefficient of drag: 0.36
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 55.5 in.
Overall width: 67.1 in.

SUBARU IMPREZA WRX 2002
Coefficient of drag: 0.34
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 56.7 in.
Overall width: 68.1 in.

TOYOTA CELICA GT-S 1999
Coefficient of drag: 0.34
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 50.1 in.
Overall width: 68.3 in.

TOYOTA MR-SPYDER
Coefficient of drag: 0.31
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 48.8 in.
Overall width: 66.7 in.

TOYOTA CAMRY SOLARA SE V-6 1999
Coefficient of drag: 0.36
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 55.1 in.
Overall width: 71.1 in.

TOYOTA SUPRA TURBO 1994
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 50.2 in.
Overall width: 71.3 in.

VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 1999
Coefficient of drag: 0.38
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 59.5 in.
Overall width: 67.9 in.

VOLVO C70 COUPE 1998
Coefficient of drag: 0.32
Frontal area: n/a
Overall height: 55.1 in.
Overall width: 72.0 in.

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