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Vehicle A: 10.0 lower Cd than Vehicle B 4 44.44%
Vehicle B: 1000 lbs lighter than Vehicle A 5 55.56%
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Old 10-26-2020, 05:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cd or weight?

Imagine that you are buying a new vehicle to modify for fuel economy. You plan on using this vehicle for 50/50 city and highway driving. You have narrowed your choices down to two vehicles which are virtually identical except for the following:

Vehicle A has a 10.0 Cd advantage over Vehicle B.

Vehicle B weighs 1000 lbs less than Vehicle A.

Which one would you choose, and why?


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Old 10-26-2020, 06:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would be inclined to say that it is easier to reduce the Cd.

1000 lbs is a lot of added weight and you would be making sacrifices to shed a portion of it.
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This man has a dog and a mother in law that don't like each other!
How do I know?
Elementary my dear Watson, the dog likes to have it's head out of the window, and the mother in law is a bit on the heavy side.
And he has to choose only one to bring on the vacation trip!
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Vehicle A has a 10 point Cd advantage over Vehicle B.

Vehicle B weighs 1000 lbs less than Vehicle A.
IIRC 10 points is 0.10 Cd.

It's all relative. Beginning Cds and weights are...?
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IIRC 10 points is 0.10 Cd.

It's all relative. Beginning Cds and weights are...?
The question is purely hypothetical so actual values do not matter.

However, Vehicle A could have a Cd of 0.25 and weight in at 4000 lbs.
Vehicle B could have a Cd of 0.35 and weigh 3000 lbs.
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The question is purely hypothetical so actual values do not matter.
Yes, but relative values do.

Thanks for describing the size of the ball-park. Power to weight? (not trying to be a troll)
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Yes, but relative values do.

Thanks for describing the size of the ball-park. Power to weight? (not trying to be a troll)
Assume both vehicles have the same engine. An average car can put out around 180 horsepower to the crankshaft.
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50/50 city and highway driving
I going to go ahead and side with JulianEdgar: testing.
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I would vote lower cD. Careful driving to minimize brake use can minimalize weight penalty. Inertia isn't the enemy until you convert it to heat.

I would also assume in real life that weight could buy you extra utility.
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I can't choose. You have one vote each right now.

Less weight means better 60-foot times but better Cd is going to look better. Intangibles.

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