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Old 05-20-2020, 11:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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' The main contributions to the drag force originate from the rear part of the body.'
'[L]ow drag can only be achieved when the separation at the rear is eliminated.'
'[I]t is very important to design a rear body surface which brings the divided streamlines smoothly together.'
Wolf Heinrich Hucho, Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles, Second Edition, 1987, pages 61,16,61.

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' The main contributions to the drag force originate from the rear part of the body.'
'[L]ow drag can only be achieved when the separation at the rear is eliminated.'
'[I]t is very important to design a rear body surface which brings the divided streamlines smoothly together.'
Wolf Heinrich Hucho, Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles, Second Edition, 1987, pages 61,16,61.
Yes that was so in 1987, and remains so for normal road cars today.
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' The main contributions to the drag force originate from the rear part of the body.'
'[L]ow drag can only be achieved when the separation at the rear is eliminated.'
'[I]t is very important to design a rear body surface which brings the divided streamlines smoothly together.'
Wolf Heinrich Hucho, Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles, Second Edition, 1987, pages 61,16,61.
But of course, we cannot eliminate that separation point entirely on road cars without creating an extraordinary shape with a lot of boattailing. That would be a car nobody could sell, probably. The first Insight had both the tapered track and the Kamm shape and I love it but the market did not. Optimization seems to be the whole game, and it creates some weird shapes. The Caddy CTS seems to me to be just an uglier, sharper-edged Model S, which is also kinda ugly but not terrible.
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But of course, we cannot eliminate that separation point entirely on road cars without creating an extraordinary shape with a lot of boattailing. That would be a car nobody could sell, probably. The first Insight had both the tapered track and the Kamm shape and I love it but the market did not. Optimization seems to be the whole game, and it creates some weird shapes. The Caddy CTS seems to me to be just an uglier, sharper-edged Model S, which is also kinda ugly but not terrible.
All submarines use 'weird' shapes.
All commercial aircraft use 'weird' shapes.
All sniper ammunition manufacturers use 'weird' shapes
All land speed record cars use 'weird' shapes.
All fuel economy record vehicles use 'weird' shapes.
All rectal suppository manufacturers use 'weird' shapes.
When 'performance' ever actually matters in the world, you'll see nothing but 'weird' shapes.
I'd be forbidden to address things which could address this issue here at EcoModder.com.

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