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Old 05-29-2008, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Money in aerodynamics for cars?

I wish I had the time for this, but I don't. It seems like now is the time for someone to make someone money off designing and making areodynamic fittings for vehicles. Take the honda civic. Some one could probably mass produce coverings for the wheel wells to improve the areodymanics, and hence better fuel economy. They could be snapped in.

Just a thought.

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Old 05-29-2008, 09:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a feeling that there will be lots of money to be made in the near future in not just aero alone, but all kinds of different FE mods too, and even ways not related to mods, but cars themselves. While I was in Florida recently, I saw a dealership that specialized in selling nothing but used gas sippers. This might be the next biggest automotive trend if the prices continue to rise at this rate.
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There was a guy who made some stuff for Prii, but dunno what ever came of that.
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yep, I'm another that is waiting for a professionally-made aero 'kit' ... or at least a few choice add-ons ... for popular models. Solid wheel covers and rear wheel skirts for late model Honda Civics are a great place to start.

My hat is off to the owners of 8+ year old cars and/or people with some experience fabricating their own bits. I just don't have the time, tools or know-how to make good looking aero bits for my 2-year old car. And with a car that new, I refuse to bolt or tape bits of sheet plastic or cardboard onto my car.
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Unfortunately there is also going to be a lot of BS gas saving products hitting the market. I see many more Tornados, fuel additives, magnets, hydrogen kits, etc ripping people off with huge FE claims.
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Yeah, instead of people coming to market with something useful like aero mods, they'll continue to peddle snake oils and worthless gizmos because:

1) They are cheaper/easier to develop
2) One size fits all (with snake oils, anyway)
3) People are friggin' stupid.
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Old 06-01-2008, 03:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Issue is most things which are helpful are only marginally helpful, meaning that the return on investment is fairly long. Makes it easier for people to make products that don't work, are cheap, and only provide psychological benefits . .
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I got a easy one a block of wood that only allows half throttle.. that alone should save lots of gas..

Was tooling around in the CRX today, accelerating from a stop sign and the car behind me.. after its stop come up on me and I was doing 50mph,, he floors it to pass me to get to his preferred 60mph faster.. I was doing 55 by the time he got around me..

Most people thing that since its got 300hp under the hood they should use it all.. when 100 hp would getthatcar around just fine..

OR how about a restricted plate, like they use in nascar, for cars intakes.. make it just big enough to be able to do 75mph.. nothing more

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