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Old 05-21-2014, 04:08 AM   #381 (permalink)
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He might also have some other uses for the bed, such as to haul all the fish he can catch in that boat
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Buy a Nissan Micra instead of a trailer instead of a pickup!



What looks like a tree trunk sticking out of the Micra is actually just bark -- birch bark to make a canoe. It's lighter than it looks: around 40 lbs worth.

The 8-foot aluminum ladder "load deck" is secured very rigidly to the car with ratchet straps cinched down to the child seat anchors in the cargo area. I meant to get a pic of me standing on the end of the ladder

FYI, I saw 44 mpg US / 5.3 LHK driving this automatic Micra over 940 km last week. (http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...uel-29461.html )
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The fold-down-and-flip-out single-wheel trailer is just to keep this on-topic. The half tonneau is self-explanatory, although it would be nice if it would fold or slide so it could collapse if needed.

The vertical stacks however may need some explanation. The vertical stack has two or three times the cross-section as the tailpipe with an air bleed at the bottom, so the volume is increased and the temp is reduced (like a high-bypass jet engine). Then there is a cap on the top and a row of louvers (rear-facing innies) at 100 to the forward direction.

Injecting hot air into the stream moving past the stack causes a Coanda effect that wraps the air around and blows it toward the back of the cab. Between the half-tonneau and the Coanda nozzles, this might have a result similar to a full aerocap. If fully optimized, of course.
If you added angled skirts to the fold down trailer it would serve double duty as a boat tail when up and the trailer would be more aerodynamic when down. Might have to make them adjustable to keep from dragging while down. Also, make the vertical stacks oval shaped to cut the Cd, since nature seems to hate air moving perpendicular to a cylinder.

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Thanks for responding to that.

The side pipe could be a crescent shape to better hug the cab, but the Coanda effect (see the dotted line?) needs the rounded back contour.

The fold-down trailer was an after-thought. Here's a more developed version for aero.

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