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Cd 03-15-2008 04:46 AM

Kit for aero modding Prius
 
Some of you might find this interesting.
The first thing that came to mind when I saw this Prius was 'Bladeunner' ( cool ! )
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Silveredwings 03-15-2008 10:22 AM

Aero mods look good but what's with the coffee can?

Cd 03-15-2008 01:37 PM

To me the fit and finish isn't too well either ( not flush ) , but I like the idea of painting and extending those extentions behind the wheels. Also, painting the roof line back is a nice touch.
Overall, I think the car looks more balanced versus the stock Prius.

Cd 03-15-2008 01:43 PM

( Quote )

" With increasingly stringent worldwide fuel economy standards signaling a switch away from high performance machines, what is the next generation of Hot Rodders going to do?

In Japan there have already been a few examples of “eco-tuning.” As the name suggests, the goal of eco tuning is not make more power but to get better fuel economy. Japan’s Auto Labo is one of a few tuning companies who are jumping into the eco-tuning game. At the recent Osaka Auto Messe, the company showed its new aero kit for the Toyota Prius that increases fuel efficiency while giving the car a more aggressive look. The aero package includes a redesigned front bumper, side skirts, a rear under diffuser, and rear fender skirts. The aero kit, in combination with the forged Ray’s CE28 Eco Drive wheels, is said to give a fuel economy improvement of 3 kilometers per liter. Is this where the future of car tuning is going? "

krousdb 03-15-2008 02:42 PM

I wonder what the the forged Ray’s CE28 Eco Drive wheels have to do with an increase in FE?

tasdrouille 03-15-2008 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by krousdb (Post 14408)
I wonder what the the forged Ray’s CE28 Eco Drive wheels have to do with an increase in FE?

My bet's on the weight.

Gone4 03-16-2008 03:20 AM

Although it appears more can be done, I actually really like the looks of this kit. I'd like to see what the new C_d is.

aerohead 03-17-2008 01:53 PM

kit
 
I'm okay with everything except the open duct at the rear.It violates the 2 1/2-degree diffuser divergence rule,as reported by Hucho.I had this on the CRX at Bonneville,and ended up taping the whole thing shut with cardboard and racer's tape.Stylistically,its attractive,however its just that,styling.Aerodynamically,they're better off lowering the valance down to the appropriate elevation.

Stan 03-17-2008 02:31 PM

I'm with aerohead on this one. That rear diffuser looks even more aggressive than the ~9 degrees we use for maximum downforce on our 150 mph sports racers. OTOH, at low enough speeds, maybe the airflow remains attached even at that steep angle.

At the front end, those running lights do nothing but add drag, and even the modified grill opening is still too big IMO. On our race cars, we provide just 1 square inch of opening for every 4 hp (with full ducting to the cooler).

H4MM3R 03-17-2008 03:00 PM

Over all I think it looks pretty good. Before I say anymore I would like to see the Cd. numbers. With flush smooth hub caps.

Looking at the rear deck lid spoiler makes me think this is Prius sport.

tasdrouille 03-17-2008 06:59 PM

Yup the diffuser's way too steep. I don't have the book at hand anymore, but I'm pretty sure Hucho mentionned 5 degrees in Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles 2nd ed.


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