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Old 01-04-2012, 01:22 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jimepting View Post
.....On modern formula type race cars, the shocks and springs are internal to the central body and the load is transferred from the hub to the spring by a load rod and some bellcrank arrangement. And, as 3wheeler kinda intimated, the control arms themselves are streamlined.......
Yes Jim, you hit my example on the head!

To really make the cigar shaped body work, it has to be very narrow, similar to an Indy car, and all those appendages hanging in the breeze have to be in the form of airfoil shaped A-arms, with inboard shocks, and the wheels/tires with nicely done airfoils as well.

Once shocks and other members start going out there, well, you might as well just make the entire body shape cover the wheels as Aerohead suggested, but as Jim mentioned, the CdA will likely go up over something similar to an Indy car with skinny tires.

Jim.
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