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Old 08-05-2008, 07:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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AzxA - '06 Scion xA
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It could work but I'm not sure how durable it would be to the high temps likely generated from the engine or as to how effective mesh is as "surface smoothers" for a belly pan. My own tests were for perpendicular airflow and whether they could work as blocks/dams. Tomorrow I will run some GPH tests to see how effective they are as lower grill blocks.

For the side windows, I don't know without some testing. It also raises some legal/safety issues especially for front sides. I'll need to look up the vehicle codes before I do any side window tests but I like the idea as well.

My 5 pillars of fuel efficiency:
  • driving style
  • aerodynamics
  • tires
  • weight reduction
  • engine maintenance
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