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Old 10-15-2014, 12:06 AM   #1271 (permalink)
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:01 AM   #1272 (permalink)
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:45 PM   #1274 (permalink)
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Some of these cars were way ahead of their time....

so fluid looking and nice...

....or we are just way far behind in 2014...
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Some of these cars were way ahead of their time....

so fluid looking and nice...

....or we are just way far behind in 2014...
Yeah, and it seems there's no MPG or drag coefficient data/info on the old aero cars. Why is that? It sure seems many were aiming for those goals.
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:00 PM   #1276 (permalink)
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Yeah, and it seems there's no MPG or drag coefficient data/info on the old aero cars. Why is that? It sure seems many were aiming for those goals.
Most of them were probably just like us, not enough money or resources to do the testing to get those numbers.
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:41 PM   #1277 (permalink)
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I think of it as we ran off the rails. I blame the WWII Army Jeep==>1949 Ford. The original design got kicked upstairs to Mercury. What was the Kustomizer's favorite car to chop? Not the Hudson.

sgtlethargic --

All the pioneering work came out of Zepplinwerks. It was a settled art by the 1930s, given their cultural preferences for fenders and bumpers and such. I prefer tha Graf Zepplin over the Hindenburg.

Possible the pinnacle was the 1946 Volhart-Saggita (there were two examples).

A recent windtunnel surprise, Volkhart V2 Sagitta

Here's a graphic kach22i posted in that thread:



Both it and the Porsche Type 64 have been tested in modern wind tunnels, which allows us to compare with more contemporary examples. For example The new VW XL-1 (a 2-pasenger vehicle like the two Porsches) has a Cd very close to that of the 4-passenger Volkhart-Sagitta.

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I can't get the link to work in the above post. Don't click on this; it is an example in .jpg.

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Not much detail yet but this looks like it will get interesting....

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I looked at the images and wondered " Why are they driving it backwards ? And what's up with the bulging fenders ?
To me It looks very similar to the Lexus Minority Report car.

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