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Old 09-05-2011, 01:01 PM   #191 (permalink)
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It looks like the steering wheel controls the front wheel while the rear wheel free casters. Sort of like a 3-wheel car towing a one wheel trailer. But since it doesn't have the vertical hinging of a one wheel trailer hitch, depending on the travel limits of the suspension, it might have some problem handling uneven and undulating road surfaces. But it would have a turning circle the length of ths car.

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Old 09-05-2011, 05:09 PM   #193 (permalink)
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...looks like a cross between a Mako Corvette and a Bricklin, which ain't bad!




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Old 09-09-2011, 12:23 PM   #194 (permalink)
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Found this interesting electric car from 2009 just today.

Looks like it might fit that classic aero template.

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Old 09-09-2011, 12:58 PM   #195 (permalink)
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It's a long drawn out process that has been going on for a long time, but I think aero and electric are finally creeping into the realm of yeah, I get it, mostly thanks to higher gas prices.
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Found this interesting electric car from 2009 just today.

Looks like it might fit that classic aero template.

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No it really doesn't
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:21 PM   #197 (permalink)
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Wow, I didn't think it was this far off.

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Wow, I didn't think it was this far off.

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Makes you wonder. The people who built this vehicle are presumably very smart when it comes to aerodynamics. Did they test shapes that were closer to the template shown and get negligible improvements over the current shape or are they more worried about how it looks?

If they made the windshield fit the template in the front we'd be talking big bucks, but from the roof high point back it looks like they could have done way better. Conforming to the template it would have a very similar shape as a Pruis in that back area. Maybe that's why they didn't do. Sorry, just thinking out loud.
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Makes you wonder.
Yes it does.

Is the template optimized for 70 mph?

Could this Mitsubishi be designed with lower speeds in mind?

Won't the air stay attached longer, the lower the speed?
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