View Single Post
Old 11-12-2008, 08:46 AM   #92 (permalink)
Tango Charlie
Deadly Efficient
Tango Charlie's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Goshen, Indiana
Posts: 1,234

Olivia - '03 Pontiac Vibe base
90 day: 36.01 mpg (US)

R2-D2 - '00 Honda Insight
90 day: 58.81 mpg (US)
Thanks: 134
Thanked 176 Times in 91 Posts
Dittos on all the congrats. It looks great!

Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
The lower trailing edge however was starting to lift away a few cm from the car at that speed. Not surprising, really - it has the shape of a wing. Tighter rubber band on the trailing edge, coming right up...
That nice smooth taper aft of the wheel is producing some sideways lift, eh? (trying to speak your language, eh? )
Lift does produce drag. It would be an infinitesimal improvement, but I wonder if you could eliminate the production of lift without increasing drag? This got me thinking about lift produced elsewhere on cars, but maybe that should be discussed elsewhere...

Again, it looks really really good, MetroMPG! Now get cracking on the other side, mister!
  Reply With Quote