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Old 03-21-2017, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Aero model 1983

In '83 I thought parabolic leading forms were the bomb.

This is a chunk of wood. B pillar air intakes, radiator and air exhaust across the back, the idea being zero wake but yeah the under tray rises too steeply.













Adding/editing pics via iPhone is making me homocidal.

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Old 03-21-2017, 11:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In '83 I thought parabolic leading forms were the bomb.

This is a chunk of wood. B pillar air intakes, radiator and air exhaust across the back, the idea being zero wake but yeah the under tray rises too steeply.


Your own work?

It looks cool, I like it a lot.

Ratio and proportion wise, 24" high wheels, eight foot wheelbase, this design is roughly 38 inches tall like the Ford GT 40 which is 40-inches tall.

Problem is the GT-40 (the original race car not the later Ford GT) is a larger car with the driver almost lying down with legs and feet up into the front suspension.

Even with the driver pushed as far back a possible (too far from the windshield for good optics and depth perception) with a small 4-cylinder FWD engine in the back, this design will need a sizable Gurney Bubble for anyone over five foot one. My wife should be able to fit in it though.

I like it, but I once had an experience in a design competition where the coolest looking cars broke the template and more or less cheated.

That would be like designing a building only midgets could inhabit, and not to code. Cool for filming a Hobbit movie but real life is a little more cruel.

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Adding/editing pics via iPhone is making me homocidal.
I just added my pic via iPhone, just email the picture to yourself.

I have been working on a somewhat similar concept, a long fastback using the meredith effect to reduce the cooling system's influence on drag. And of course, a mid mounted inline sex engine...

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Thanks Kach. Were I to redesign it today I'd keep a lot of it like the parabolas but fix the rear rise at the under tray, use slimmer tires w/o deep dish wheels, reproportion somewhat for practicality, etc. Overall I'm still basically pleased with it even after 34 years.

It was built around some 1/24 scale model car kit wheels.
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Then download from email and post it here.

EDIT: That is assuming you took pictures from iPhone and are using your computer to upload the pics
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I see possible profile inspiration from 1973 Meyers Manx or later Karma Manx SR2 VW Kit Car..................combined with some of the classic Hot Wheel cars of the late 1960's early 1970's for the parabolic windshield.

Perhaps some Lamborghini Miura on the air intake, and some Bertone (Lancia-Stratos) elements.

http://www.carparts.com/classics/meyersmanx


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http://www.ausmotive.com/2009/02/19/...-miura-sv.html


I'm liking Frank Lee's design even more by comparing it to others.
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In '83 I thought parabolic leading forms were the bomb.
In '95 I did too.



AA-Fuel dragster wheels and tires on a Beetle, with brass airfoil front axle beam.

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a mid mounted inline sex engine...
Braaaaap! Give it a 6 into 3 into 1 header.

OP's design would work well with a mid-rear longitudinal boxer.
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OH THAT'S what I should with that spare 'Vair engine!
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Braaaaap! Give it a 6 into 3 into 1 header.
The only inline six header I had seen in person was a dual 3 into 1 like my picture above. I was considering a 6-1, but it would be harder to get equal length tubes without taking up too much space.

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