EcoModder.com

EcoModder.com (https://ecomodder.com/forum/)
-   Aerodynamics (https://ecomodder.com/forum/aerodynamics.html)
-   -   Gravity racer gallery - extreme aerodynamics (https://ecomodder.com/forum/showthread.php/gravity-racer-gallery-extreme-aerodynamics-1208.html)

trebuchet03 02-27-2008 12:43 PM

Gravity racer gallery - extreme aerodynamics
 
EDIT: split/copied this post from another thread. Some gorgeous examples of aero engineering from the big auto makers...

----

Some of the big auto mfr's compete every year in "extreme" downhill gravity races - and it's a really big deal for them.

http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-st...p-1024x768.jpg
Volvo

http://www.carbodydesign.com/concept...%20Car%202.jpg
Volvo

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/3...pbox1218co.jpg
Lotus

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/...dixon1.583.jpg
Nissan

http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/imag..._content02.jpg
Mazda

http://gizmag.com/pictures/4681_30090595001.jpg
Audi

http://gizmag.com/pictures/4681_300905100827.jpg
GM (Front)

http://gizmag.com/pictures/4681_30090595057.jpg
Bentley

http://gizmag.com/pictures/4681_300905101138.jpg
VW

http://gizmag.com/pictures/4681_300905100528.jpg
Nissan (A winning team)

So ya, it's a big slap in the face. They know how important aerodynamics are - they're using it on downhill races where top speeds are ~50mph IIRC. Yet, bricks come off the assembly lines... Feel free to split this post off if you want...

cfg83 02-27-2008 05:16 PM

trebuchet03 -

Quote:

Originally Posted by trebuchet03 (Post 11667)
But the marketing value for winning is far more valuable. Some of the big auto mfr's compete every year in "extreme" downhill gravity races - and it's a really big deal for them.

...
http://gizmag.com/pictures/4681_30090595057.jpg
Bentley

...

So ya, it's a big slap in the face. They know how important aerodynamics are - they're using it on downhill races where top speeds are ~50mph IIRC. Yet, bricks come off the assembly lines... Feel free to split this post off if you want...

From my POV, these events don't "compete" with their bread and butter products.

PS - The Bentley is GORGEOUS!

CarloSW2

Big Dave 02-27-2008 10:38 PM

Soap Box Derby on steroids.

Who 02-27-2008 11:11 PM

Just pick one and fill it with lightweight batteries!

SVOboy 02-27-2008 11:43 PM

Am I the only one that would be scared to death in one of these?

trebuchet03 02-28-2008 12:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SVOboy (Post 11831)
Am I the only one that would be scared to death in one of these?

Hell no! Sign me up :D


Okay, maybe the first Volvo one - but I'm not afraid to wear the rubber suit :D

Christopher Jordan 02-28-2008 01:10 AM

DARN! No trikes! That BENTly is right up my alley!! {recumBENT!}

countersTrike

MetroMPG 02-28-2008 08:42 AM

I tried to find some YouTube of these babies in action, but didn't have any luck. These are gorgeous machines.

Gone4 02-28-2008 07:55 PM

I really like the first Nissan. It loosk like it would be awesome to ride in. I wonder how I apply for that job...

MetroMPG 02-28-2008 09:35 PM

I'd love to see this event. I assume it's held in California though...


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:00 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com