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Old 04-07-2008, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Car face/nose/bumper cover aerodynamics

Does anybody here know of any studies or designs that optimize the aerodynamics of a car face/nose/bumper cover?

As the surface that first meets the oncoming airstream, the car's face is probably the most important feature for aerodynamic efficiency, just as the leading edge of an airfoil is the most critical part of a wing.

The face has to house and position the cooling inlet(s), headlights, turn signals, and perhaps spoiler/splitter/wheel fairings/deflectors.

So, what face(s) are most efficient? Got pics or cites?

I may re-do the face on my old Porsche 944 Turbo, and would like some good benchmarks as design cues. Suggestions?

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