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Old 02-27-2008, 01:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gravity racer gallery - extreme aerodynamics

EDIT: split/copied this post from another thread. Some gorgeous examples of aero engineering from the big auto makers...

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


Volvo


Volvo


Lotus


Nissan


Mazda


Audi


GM (Front)


Bentley


VW


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...

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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.

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Bentley

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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!

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Am I the only one that would be scared to death in one of these?
Hell no! Sign me up


Okay, maybe the first Volvo one - but I'm not afraid to wear the rubber suit
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I'd love to see this event. I assume it's held in California though...

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