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Old 10-01-2010, 03:53 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Very nice. I'm also anxious to see what you get.

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Old 10-01-2010, 03:56 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Thanks for the photos!

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1) That thing behind the rear wheel sure is funky!

2) Regarding your front plate, if you MUST have it, you could relocate it further down for partial grille blocking.

3) Your deck lid spoiler is almost certainly there for reduced drag. You'll find very similar low profile spoilers on many eco-model sedans. (Guess: it promotes cleaner flow separation for reduced rear lift/turbulence).
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:05 PM   #23 (permalink)
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...two questions:

1) what kind of tires; LRR or what?

2) what color of blue is that (purdy!)?
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:24 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Ken Block is driving a Fiesta now. I think he will personally offset the MPG gains of all of the SFE models sold worldwide

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Its nice to see ford looking after the little aero tweaks. Any pics of the underside and engine bay would be appreciated. And congratulations on the new ride.
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1) That thing behind the rear wheel sure is funky!
I'll get some better pics of that when I think of it. It is not really a fairing, but it seems to have some purpose in deflecting the air from the rear of the rotating wheel. Maybe it's just eye candy too.

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2) Regarding your front plate, if you MUST have it, you could relocate it further down for partial grille blocking.
I was looking at the license plate backing plate, and it seems it would be easy enough to drill a few holes in the mount to allow it to be mounted lower, using the original screw holes behind it. It would need some spacers, but they are easily made. I work in a machine shop. I can spin up some thick delrin washers to go behind it.

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3) Your deck lid spoiler is almost certainly there for reduced drag. You'll find very similar low profile spoilers on many eco-model sedans. (Guess: it promotes cleaner flow separation for reduced rear lift/turbulence).
It seems that way. I guess manufacturers are still unwilling to sacrifice trunk volume by rounding the tops of the deck lids more aggressively. They still want to leave that sharp corner back there to generate turbulence.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:21 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Ken Block is driving a Fiesta now. I think he will personally offset the MPG gains of all of the SFE models sold worldwide
What's under that carbon fiber body is nothing even remotely related to a Fiesta. Very cool driving tricks though.
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...two questions:

1) what kind of tires; LRR or what?
Hankook Optimo (Chinese) tires. They have a max. inflation level of 44psi. I have not brought them up to that pressure yet though. They are currently at 35 psi. It's my wife's car, and she's not as gung-ho about saving every last drop of fuel. I'll let her enjoy the nice ride for a while before I gradually bring the pressure up.

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2) what color of blue is that (purdy!)?
That is called "Blue Flame Metallic." It is a very pleasing color in the sunlight. A nice bold blue with a hint of sparkle.
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Very nice. I'm also anxious to see what you get.
Results of the first fillup are posted. I expect these numbers will improve as the engine and drive train break in. This is my wife driving. She is a pedal-masher at heart, but even she cannot help but do well with this drive train combo. The dual dry clutch (no torque converter) setup disengages while coasting and at traffic stops, taking the load off the engine while idling. The 6 gear ratios keep the engine working in a good power band. The engine also has variable valve timing, which also increases efficiency. Even my wife will save fuel with this setup.

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