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Old 01-17-2012, 05:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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TDi - '04 VW Golf
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Nice! Welcome to EM. Check out what Vekke has done to his Lupo. Since yours is a diesel you will find you need very little grill opening as these cars do not generate as much waste heat as a petrol car. I block the upper grill on my Golf year round with black foam "pipe insulation" stuffed between the grill bars and part of the lower middle one too in winter. Speeds warmup times and helps reduce aerodynamic drag through the cooling system. I have done a full belly pan and a passenger side mirror delete but otherwise my car appears pretty stock on the outside. Check out photos in my albums on this site.
60 mpg hwy highest, 50+mpg lifetime
TDi=fast frugal fun

Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
The power needed to push an object through a fluid increases as the cube of the velocity. Mechanical friction increases as the square, so increasing speed requires progressively more power.
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