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Old 09-20-2020, 03:55 PM   #491 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Snax View Post
Seems odd that the Hybrid doesn't have them unless there are other aero tricks at work - or these don't really do anything at all.
The Hybrid still has air curtain ducts, but a single vent on each side.

Audi is also using the double-vent setup on its forthcoming e-tron S and e-tron Sportback S:

The controlled airflow at the front wheels is fundamental to the aerodynamics concept. The side air inlets in the front – the air curtains – route the air over a channel in the wheel houses to optimize the airflow to the wheels and the vehicle flank. The airflow through the wheel arch trims serves the same purpose: Narrow horizontal bars in the recesses formed by the widened trims in the front channel the airstream to surround and encapsulate disruptive swirl in the wheel houses. The upshot is “cleaner” airflow along the vehicle flank with reduced flow losses. The design of the 20-inch wheels as well as the tread and the pattern on the sidewalls of the tires have also been optimized accordingly.


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This is for those who disparage the 'Paris dressmaker' aspect of producing a marketable vehicle.

TLDR; they throw things at the wall to see what sticks. Totally comprehendible at 1.75x and the music is may be less obnoxious at a higher pitch.

Here's a review from www.autoweek.com/car-life: Film Friday: 'Styling and the Experimental Car' takes us from Da Vinci to the Ford Mustang

This reel's objective, then, is to connect Ford's wildest flights of fancy to the very real car. It does so by walking us through a series of concepts. There's gorgeous little Allegro, the Cougar II, the Aurora (a concept wagon that boasted a primitive GPS system and cruise control).
My fav is the Aurora. Subby SVX-style A-pillars, L-shaped back seat w/ AV center, and that trick loading ramp/sliding 4-bar tailgate. The mockup of an autonomous driving setup is prescient.

The pony-car shaped Allegro has a cantilevered steering wheel. That could be adapted for autonomous vehicles and adapted to left or right-side driving jurisdictions.


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