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Old 11-28-2007, 12:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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Why is the original car's aerodynamics so terrible to begin with? Some thoughts...

- High off the ground . It's as high (or higher, depending on the source) as my hatchback Flea!

- The bodywork around the rear wheel arch is terrible. The wheel sticks out dramatically - looks like the edge of the tire is exposed for as much as as 2/3 of its height. Which means any attempt to boat-tail the bodywork after that point is a wasted effort since the air is already disturbed (and further churned up by the chunky alloys).

- the wheel arches are also pretty large, with a big gap between the tire & bodywork.
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