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Old 02-11-2010, 03:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I did some studying of the whale tail that originated on the Cosworth :

When I apply the curve so that it meets the whale tail, I can see that the "center of roof camber" is farther forward than I chose for your Escort :

However, your Escort is a 4-door, and this is a 2-door, so it's not *that* far off. What's nice is that the Cosworth was definitely aero-inspired, so that gives us hope for the whale tail :

Ford Sierra Cosworth RS and Ford Sierra | Cars - Pictures & Wallpapers, Automotive News, High-Quality Images, Sport, Exotic, Luxury, Expensive Cars
The first Ford vehicle to have the bold new “aero” look styling was the 1981 Probe III concept car. The good reception this received encouraged Ford management to go ahead with a production car with styling almost as challenging. This “aero” look influenced Fords worldwide; 1983’s new Ford Thunderbird in North America introduced similar rounded, flowing lines, and some other new Fords of the time adopted the look. The aerodynamic features of the Sierra were developed from those first seen in the Escort Mk III — the “Aeroback” bootlid stump was proved to reduce the drag coefficient of the bodyshell significantly, which was a class leading 0.34 at its launch.
The aerodynamic styling of the Sierra would later be seen in North America’s equally revolutionary Ford Taurus.
Pictures of the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth - Motorbase


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