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Old 02-13-2010, 04:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm finding this useful in the (too long) consideration of my grill block

http://www.fiat.co.uk/uploadedImages...a/multipla.jpg

The later Multipla (where FIAT got scared) has a 3/4 blocked upper grill from the factory.

For the Octavia I think most of the radiator is behind the lower grill.

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Old 02-23-2010, 12:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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This is a very nice stealth grill block. Using clear plastic is a good idea.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:34 AM   #13 (permalink)
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How about getting a car bra and adding little extra material to cover the grill opening. It doesn't get more stealth than that.
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I like the clear look, makes it less noticable on the road and thus less stares. What kind of plastic did you use and where did you happen to purchase it?
Hello,

I purchased it in a DIY supermarket (bauhaus). They have rolls of this plastic that they sell by meters.
I supose it's a PET plastic, but I don't care about it...its so cheap.

Two remarks after 20.000km of use the grille block:
-Last summer in the french coast at 35șC in a trafic jump I checked that the engine temperature was stable without need of the electric fan.
And the fuel economy (that depends on speed) is between -0,2 and -0,3l/100km with the grill blocked. Now, I obtain averages of 5,2 to 5,6 liters/100km (45,23 to 42 MPG) with average speed 80 or 90km/h (50 or 56 m/h)
-And in cold wheather, the engine takes less time to reach the working temperature, that will increase engine's live (I supose).

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prettiest oem grillblock i know is on the audi A1



it's in fact not really a grillblock as i believe it's an inspection hatch (the hood is not hinged, but detatches, but things like window washers can be accessed trough the hatch i've heared) no versions of the car had an this open, although later versions of the car had a horizontally ribbed panne in place although it was still a solid pannel.
it looked a bit like another grill block as seen on the citroen C2


but it gives the car a visual "gille" without any aero damage, plus gloss black is very fashionable thanx to appels i-whatever so perhaps more carmakers should have a look at it

the car had a 0.25Cd btw
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Audi A2, I'm sure you meant. The A1's grille is on the other end of the spectrum:

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the production A1 has a somewhat more conventional grille size, visually still huge but more conventional in size than it appears.

i imagine since the A1 is more of a high end city car is would need a somewhat bigger grill opening to stay cool at slow speed.



still it looks like a grillblock might be welcome.

interestingly another early showcar for the A1 had a solution for this

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The A2 bonnet was sealed by the factory so that the owner had to go to the stealer for servicing. It was an idea that, for obviously dumb reasons, didn't catch on.

I suspect that at some point Audi will take the stripped metal theme of their cars too far and you will need an Allen key (probably with something like 13 sides and only available from Audi) just to open the cup holder on the 2015 A4.

The holder itself will be floodlit with 20,000 micro LEDs. Car accessory shops will start selling Cup Holder illumination kits which will be fitted to 1998 Honda Civics the world over.

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