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Old 01-04-2010, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ecomodded by Nature!!!

There is a funny feature @ Jalop that would tickle your aero fancy. Check out the pics from the blog & contributors. Who needs flow analyzers when the snow & wind carves out the best 'tails.'

Snow Mods: Ten Cars Aerodynamically-Enhanced By Mother Nature - Snowpocalypse - Jalopnik

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Old 01-04-2010, 03:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is rather interesting.
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I like the Mini Cooper and teh Insight one the best.
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Uh... I somehow doubt this would help my MPGs go down...

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From these anecdotal examples, the evident sharp corner breaks (back,...& front corners) kinda help settle a few questions about radii design specifications.
The sample Mini forms a very geometric trapezoidal boattail & the covered Insight created an interesting organic rear wing design. What I thought was a GM 'anteater' aerovan was really 'brick' Volvo wagon. The new reincarnation of my favorite CRX, the CR-Z had its inspiration on that snow-covered Honda Coupe profile.
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Uh... I somehow doubt this would help my MPGs go down...

From the pic, It'd probably make a better Ford Explorer's 'trailer'.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Major food for thought right there!
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Only thing it makes me think is how glad I am not to be up north right now!
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Only thing it makes me think is how glad I am not to be up north right now!
Aww come on, Frank, it was only -23F windchill this morning in central MN, not too bad.

Oh, and I saw the episode of Dirty jobs that reminded me of your alter-ego... The Horse Shoeing episode where the guy uses "the clencher" to remove the old nails in the shoe.
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Heh heh... the other day there was a 90 degree difference between my hideout and home and that's straight temps not counting windchill. Not homesick. Not a bit.

Re: the deep meaning of snow accumilation (HA! Pun!): I dunno, people have tried to read important things into slush build-up, patterns of filth of the side of the car, even what the water blast from a guy standing there aiming the garden hose at his car does. I think you might have better luck trying to read tea leaves or tarot cards.

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