View Single Post
Old 07-30-2012, 07:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Detroit, MI, United States
Posts: 27

Slocus - '00 Ford Focus ZX3
Thanks: 1
Thanked 10 Times in 6 Posts
One thing I forgot to mention earlier is that for the first-gen focus (US 2000-2004) the sedan and wagon both have lower coefficient of drag than the 3/5door. The information I found may be wrong, as I see differing numbers all over the internet for some reason:
cD: 0.31
Frontal Area(est): 21.97 sq.ft.

cD: 0.36
Frontal Area(est): 21.97 sq.ft

cD: 0.30
Frontal Area(est): 22.24 sq.ft.

Considering they all have the same front end and doors/mirrors, the only difference is the rear. I fail to understand why the wagon is that much better when the roof taper in the rear is minimal. I'm sure I'll spot one in a parking lot some day, make sure nobody is looking and then pull out the tape measure and my camera...

Originally Posted by UltArc View Post
Very cool. What are your other vehicles? I am interested in seeing your under panels, I am very interested in beginning that project after the winter.
Besides the Slocus, I have the following:
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP - dyno 305whp - wife's car.
1984 Nissan 300ZX Turbo - dyno 453rwhp - track/fun car.
1988 Toyota Celica Turbo Alltrac (GTFour) - est. 200awhp - winter beater/rallyX car.

The underpanels I made are just covering the front of the nose, in front of the engine. Some sheets of black coroplast cut to fit. Many cars have factory-installed panels in that location... I still wonder why mine didn't.
There are two ways to become rich; earn more or want less.

Last edited by LocoJason; 07-30-2012 at 10:44 PM..
  Reply With Quote