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Old 05-20-2016, 02:50 PM   #2011 (permalink)
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That gets me thinking: If the cab-top diverter was hinged at the location of the 5th wheel with a parting line that was centered on the hinge; then as the cab's curved top pitches relative to the van, it could maintain that minimal gap.

so much aero, so little time:



http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/05/om-empahasis-f-g-it-looks-like-someone.html

The Aztek didn't get any respect, but the roofline is all templatey. I went as for as checking availability:
https://www.autolist.com/pontiac-aztek#radius=any

Three available instate for $4-6K. I'd spec a body colored grille block, like the VW Nils [bumper]...



...and then fill the upper 'nostrils' with LED DRLs. They look a little bottom-heavy, so everything below the mid-body crease should be satin black.

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JOKINGLY: The AZTEC was Pontiac's attempt at making a VIBE, which was actually made by Toyota!
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That's the best looking AZTEK i have seen. I have seen them consistently rated at the top of the chart for ugliest car ( truck ) ever made.

The proportions are a bit stretched height wise, but overall, I can think of a lot of cars and trucks that are uglier.

From that same forum linked to earlier, here is a nice car carrier :
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I'll just place this image here : ( just look at those wheels ! )
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Meet The East German Beetle-Based Supercar With Better Aero Than Tesla

" In 1990, they modified the Rovomobil with what appears to be just cardboard and tape and tested it in VW's wind tunnel, getting a Cd of 0.196, good enough for a world record. "

From the article : [IMG][/IMG]

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Old Tele man -- No joke, and the Toyota Previa eats the Pontiac TranSport's lunch. I see you have an '04.

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Edit: Oops, comment without a pic. From May 10th on that same forum linked to earlier:


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Sorry, but there wasn't an Interesting Aerodynamic headlight thread.

You could have provided an example; like this:




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OMG How I would love to ride that bike!!! Did it ever really exist besides in airbrushed images?

The trike looks pretty good except for that abrupt A-pillar and header, which negatively impacts flow quite a ways- perhaps all the way- back. Too bad.
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This count?

Wouldn't it be great if roads were so smooth and lacking in dips and valleys that the truck/trailer relationship could tolerate that setup? Otherwise some extreme creativity is needed either in suspension compensation or moving body panels. Or maybe the trailer nose can tuck into/under the truck fairings, again provided movement is limited or the gaps are generous enough or the fairing can "give"... or what?

I say fix the truck to the trailer, eliminate that gap altogether, and make both the front axles steer.
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Okay so it has a kammback (sp?) almost, and the top is tapered a little bit, but then they threw some roof racks up there to ruin everything good they did.

I also noticed the new Odysseys have a mini kammback roof spoiler.
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Originally Posted by myself at #51
That gets me thinking: If the cab-top diverter was hinged at the location of the 5th wheel with a parting line that was centered on the hinge; then as the cab's curved top pitches relative to the van, it could maintain that minimal gap.

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Yup. It wasn't so much airbrushed as prepped for print publication.

Natalya -- No crossbars. Think of them as fences, in case you get sideways.

Edit: Almost forgotted.



If they'd gone with the Beetle windshield, it wouldn't have needed that fix. As is, a Shalako-style 3-piece windshield would adequately replace the cardboard.


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