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Old 01-16-2013, 01:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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"...hugging the ground..." has always been good for reducing aerodrag.

...and, matching tyre diameter to wheelwell circumference gives errant 'air' almost no place to create air turbulence (drag).

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:08 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:37 AM   #13 (permalink)
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That's incredible. I was just thinking earlier today how there needs to be more education to the general public regarding vehicle aerodynamics. I hope Mercedes starts a trend of low drag vehicles.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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and yet the wheels... don't look very aero at all.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Back in 1984 the poverty spec W124 (skinny tires, smooth hub caps) pulled a 0.29cd. I would like to bring mine down to that level or maybe improve on it a bit.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:51 PM   #16 (permalink)
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and yet the wheels... don't look very aero at all.
Possible, spokes could be partially streamlined? Besides, they could've engineered the fenders to divert flow away and reduce drag.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Likely that. And as Old Tele Man says, the fender-to-wheel gap plays an important part, too.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:46 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Back in 1984 the poverty spec W124 (skinny tires, smooth hub caps) pulled a 0.29cd. I would like to bring mine down to that level or maybe improve on it a bit.
I think that the main difference between 300D and basic model is the front bumper.
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and yet the wheels... don't look very aero at all.
Just a thought: MB has been known to put clear aero-covers on it's show cars. IIRC, including a high-zoot FourTwo Brabus.

That said, in any of the pictures I don't see the evidence that such covers are in use: clips/fasteners in either the spokes, the rims, or hub.

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