Go Back   EcoModder Forum > EcoModding > Aerodynamics
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-01-2023, 03:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: edmonton
Posts: 18
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Folding mirrors anyone?

Hey everyone, I've done some research and I haven't seen anything specific so far to answer my question. I have a generation 1 Pontiac vibe. One of the things I'm interested in doing is possible is installing electric folding mirrors so that when I'm doing highway speeds, and there's nobody around first night time etc, I can fold them. Does anybody have any idea what kind of advantage one would get in terms of fuel economy from having them folded? I've seen stuff about removal but not really folded. Thank you.

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 11-01-2023, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Phase's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: oregon
Posts: 971

Black Bullet - '19 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue
Thanks: 1
Thanked 499 Times in 400 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by bratboy View Post
Hey everyone, I've done some research and I haven't seen anything specific so far to answer my question. I have a generation 1 Pontiac vibe. One of the things I'm interested in doing is possible is installing electric folding mirrors so that when I'm doing highway speeds, and there's nobody around first night time etc, I can fold them. Does anybody have any idea what kind of advantage one would get in terms of fuel economy from having them folded? I've seen stuff about removal but not really folded. Thank you.
I tried folding mine. Fuel economy didnít change. Wind noise actually increased. I think it actually increases turbulence. Because car manufacturers position the mirrors to be farther away from the windows now so thereís less turbulence and sound, and they make them in more aerodynamic shapes. Folding them just messes things up
  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Phase For This Useful Post:
freebeard (11-01-2023)
Old 11-01-2023, 02:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
CigaR007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 674

GreenTurtle (Retired) - '01 Toyota Echo Sedan
90 day: 44.85 mpg (US)

Zulu - '14 Honda CR-Z
90 day: 49.05 mpg (US)
Thanks: 147
Thanked 225 Times in 143 Posts
Here's a tuft testing for the side mirrors I did on my car with two configurations; normal and folded. Hard to quantify gains, if any.

  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to CigaR007 For This Useful Post:
Joggernot (11-06-2023)
Old 11-01-2023, 03:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Phase's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: oregon
Posts: 971

Black Bullet - '19 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue
Thanks: 1
Thanked 499 Times in 400 Posts
Yup. I think my mpg actually dropped a little when I folded my mirrors and did a test
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2023, 02:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: edmonton
Posts: 18
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Fair enough, this at least makes me not want to go through the hell and half look trying to make them work!
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2023, 11:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
aerohead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Sanger,Texas,U.S.A.
Posts: 15,647
Thanks: 23,747
Thanked 7,100 Times in 4,563 Posts
'mirrors'

Look back in time to the 1987 GM Impact, and the long stalk it's side mirror was attached to.
Subaru had proved this technology in 1985 with it's XT.
Tesla borrowed from them.
Chevy VOLT-gen-II.
Jaguar.
Aston Martin.
Etc..

__________________
Photobucket album: http://s1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj622/aerohead2/
  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com