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Old 12-09-2007, 11:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
I read an account of the Daimler smart car recently where the driver was somewhat surprised/perplexed by its poor coasting ability. At ~1600 lbs (-ish), with that shape, I wasn't surprised at all.
Exactly. It's very similar to terminal velocity down a particular gradient. I'd forgotten that until creating my P&G calculator forced me go through the calculations. Ignoring driver and other weight will also throw out your drag coefficient calculations from coast down time.
"Every body perseveres in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by force impressed." - Isaac Newton
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