Shortly after the unveiling of Tesla’s Model 3 earlier this month, Elon Musk took to Twitter in a storm of information about the new car, mentioning that the target drag coefficient was 0.21. If that target makes it to production, it would make the Model 3 the most aerodynamic high-volume production car ever made. Here’s the plan to do it.
Of course Tesla pulled this same stunt off with both the Model S and Model X, but it’s more important for the Model 3. The efficiency of having Tesla’s smallest battery pack maintain the promised 200 mile or more range means the Model 3 maintains its practicality and affordability—and that all comes down to aerodynamics.