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Old 09-20-2008, 01:45 PM   #36 (permalink)
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The Ford Escape also has a very short rear bumper that will make fairing in rear wheel skirts a challenge. My first thought was rather than try to blend into the back of the wheel well, fair it all the way back to the end of the bumper. Although you have more bumper than the Escape does, a blunt round rear end can be counterproductive. Option 2 is to treat the wheel skirt as the end of the car. It can be flush (hee, hee. He said flush, too) with the body until about 45 degrees past vertical. Then just let the skirt separate and end square, not trying to blend into the bumper which would actually take a lot of sculpting. It would be simpler, and it may actually be aerodynamically cleaner to have the air separate abruptly.
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