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BabyDiesel 05-01-2015 08:43 PM

Ford Escort ZX2 Aerodynamics
 
I'm starting a new thread here that will handle the aerodynamic aspects of my car exclusively :)

Here is some data on my car:

Stock Cd - 0.33, Ford ZX2 Automatic (2000)

Frontal area - 20.8 square feet, Ford ZX2 Automatic (2000)

Stock CdA - 6.9 square feet, Ford ZX2 Automatic (2000)

Stock Aerodynamic Resistance @ 62 m.p.h. - 15.8 kW/21.3 HPR, Ford ZX2 Automatic (2000)

Pretty good numbers for a 1998 car, but not good enough for us!

BabyDiesel 05-01-2015 08:50 PM

So far, I have added the following mods:

Wheel covers; the side skirts and air dam are no longer on.

http://s26.postimg.org/ed3u7qn4p/1117142225a.jpg

Foglight hole covers

http://s26.postimg.org/gkd3b6yah/0125151800b.jpg
http://s26.postimg.org/lkajj53x5/0125151800c.jpg

Front belly pan

http://s26.postimg.org/3rjfd6yzd/0415151306a.jpg

Rear belly pan

http://s26.postimg.org/ygw3sqc2h/0415151356.jpg

Windshield wiper cover

http://s26.postimg.org/kohox3lax/0415151357.jpg

85% grill block

http://s26.postimg.org/hrlh5c0pl/0415151229.jpg

Fender skirts

http://s26.postimg.org/bfqjjymxl/0421151616.jpg

I do plan on making new fender skirts that extend to the rear bumper, as some members have. The sharp edge will promote cleaner separation.

BabyDiesel 05-01-2015 09:10 PM

I am planning on a kammback and eventually a boattail :)

Here is the template overlay -

http://s26.postimg.org/sp208zixl/Aero_Template.jpg

For the front :D

http://s26.postimg.org/it5in32jd/Aer...late_Front.jpg

I doubt that this is the proper way to go about a vehicle's front aerodynamics. I do want to improve the front aero, if possible.

freebeard 05-01-2015 09:10 PM

How is the wiper arm shield mounted?

BabyDiesel 05-01-2015 09:13 PM

Below the wipers, it is a tight space so it was originally wedged in place. A day of brutal crosswinds made me rethink that lol ;) now it is held down with a few pieces of Gorilla tape.

BabyDiesel 05-01-2015 09:55 PM

Aerodynamic & rolling resistance, power & MPG calculator - EcoModder.com

I have been doing some playing around with this calculator. If my efficiency numbers check out, then I may have dropped my Cd down to the 0.28-0.29 level! That is awesome to me!

freebeard 05-01-2015 10:00 PM

Is it fixed to the hood or the cowl?

BabyDiesel 05-01-2015 10:02 PM

With more weight reduction, LRR tires, a Cd of 0.19, a drivetrain efficiency of .90 for a manual swap, and 77* air puts me at 70-80 mpg for my usual drive speeds of 45-50 mph (theoretically) :)

Aerodynamic & rolling resistance, power & MPG calculator - EcoModder.com

BabyDiesel 05-01-2015 10:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by freebeard (Post 477697)
Is it fixed to the hood or the cowl?

Neither, it is fitted in-between hood and the wipers.

A picture may help to explain it better. I'll get you one tomorrow!

aerohead 05-02-2015 01:14 PM

reverse-template
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BabyDiesel (Post 477684)
I am planning on a kammback and eventually a boattail :)

Here is the template overlay -

http://s26.postimg.org/sp208zixl/Aero_Template.jpg

For the front :D

http://s26.postimg.org/it5in32jd/Aer...late_Front.jpg

I doubt that this is the proper way to go about a vehicle's front aerodynamics. I do want to improve the front aero, if possible.

Eiffel and Hoerner both tested reversed streamline bodies ,and while the drag was higher,as half-bodies,and with wheels attached,I guestimate that you could see Cd 0.13 for a perfectly smooth wind tunnel model.
What we don't know,is if we can cheat on the windshield.If we can't,then the angles of the glass would make it impossible to see out of the car.
'Elliptical' bodies have the same drag as teardrop bodies,for the same fineness ratio,so I don't think you can hurt anything by extending the front.The pro's might say that you're creating undue additional skin friction.
Testing would tell.


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