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Old 03-17-2009, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Areo Brick

Well Started areo modding my little red Brick
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As these should only produce minimal changes provided I dont increase the
surface area of the vehicle or the total weight too much then it should be a net gain!

First job
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Original Mirrors
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Have added fairings to these, might have an effect, will see over the next few tanks of fuel!!
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Redirect air flow from radiator

Seems to warm engine up abit quicker!, will try a rad block over the next few weeks

Hoping this will all add up to between 5 to 10% improvement in MPG





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Old 03-17-2009, 10:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It doesn't seem to be a brick based on the picture. It looks very much like the US Pontiac TransPort minivan of 15 years ago.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello,

Can you post an overall picture, as well as some of the front, please? The overhead shot shows a "bulge" at about the back doors -- what's up with that?
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Odd shapes

As Soon as can get out will get side and other views

The bulge is where the "serena" variant ends and the "vannette" begins

This vehicle is a merge between a MPV and a van, thus the bulge it is
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Hi, I have a diesel Toyota Townace and am watching your thread with interest

Mine model Towny is the Noah with the small nose, rather than the flat fronted earlier models. Heres some picks I found online of someone elses. Mine has the double side doors and high roof, and the 2C diesel donkey and auto trans. I'm finding that a degree of drafting really helps with the aero brick Click image for larger version

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Old 03-19-2009, 05:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Update pics

Hi all

here is front and side images

Sort of brick shape

to tight to go out and do A-B-A testing, will have to use data
from next few fuel tanks, or until the gaffer tape give out and
they fall off!!

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only problems seem to be there is no widely available data
from the manufacturer for MPG figure and cd

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Hi,

Gaffer's tape never fails! :-) You could do with an upper grill block, I think.
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Rad block

That the next thing to go 4 neil

tough want to see what if any noticable difference the mirror modes make

may do rad block at weekend if I can find some more cardboard!!!

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Careful you don't overheat! Also, we distinguish between a rad block and a grille block. One helps with aerodynamics & warm-up times, the other really only helps with warm-up times.

After that, I'd be focusing on the underbody and the rear of the vehicle. The rear is where the biggest gains lie (though harder to fabricate stuff there).
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Hi MetroMPG,

will be doing a Grille block, to aid with areo & heating, as you can see
from photo front of Berther is a bit abrupt, so above bumper will be
an areo Grille block, and below will be a straight rad block!

As for the rear, need to fit new doors as someone arse ended me a few
months back, and replace the rear bumper!!

Thinking of ding underside and side skirts!!! also some work on air flow
in the engine bay area as this has the potential for total enclosure
giving quicler warm up times etc!!!


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