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Old 04-08-2008, 09:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cbergeron View Post
I'm not trying pick a fight, I'm just trying to get everyone thinking.
I should probably split this off into its own thread, because some good points have been made. Most notably, the famous "it depends" seems to be arriving on the scene.

The reason I snapped to attention to the "old school" comment is because I can, off the top of my head, name 5 manufacturers of modern, road-going passenger cars who claim reduced drag specifically from reduced ride height in special "efficiency" variants of ther cars: Volvo, Mercedes, Renault, Lexus & VW.

While I'll gladly agree that the effect of lowering will vary from vehicle to vehicle depending on various factors, I find it hard to believe that with the amount of money these companies throw at R&D, they're merely suffering from group-think, and trapped in old-school thinking!
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