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Old 12-06-2009, 04:32 PM   #239 (permalink)
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I think all these questions point to designing more of an effective "Kamm" style tail, than a full boattail, for a real world commuter vehicle. Though I think the AeroCivic was well designed and has effectively proven the point that it can be done, my ideas run more toward a "Kammtail" extension, a little longer than the one on the MetroMPG Firefly, giving the vehicle more usable cargo capacity, and beyond that, a collapsible, perhaps inflatable, extension for longer trips, when it would be more effective for long range mpg gains, and less of a pain in the boattail to deal with.

But alas, I'm just theorizing while awaiting videos and test results.

Quit teasing and get on with it.
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