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.…
If you’ve never seen a car set up for a banked oval up close before, it’s fascinating to see just how much of the car is set up to help it turn in one direction. Here’s a few interesting little details from NASCAR’s weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Keeping race cars grounded to the ground requires thorough aerodynamic engineering and research. That can lead to both crazy-successful aero pieces and some totally sci-fi technological dead-ends. These ten wind-cutting cars fit in perfectly.
In a perfect race car design world, all shapes would be clean, and you’d need just one wing out back, one wing up front, and a smooth envelope of a car in between. But race car design is never perfect.
The extremely dull race known as the 2015 Pure Michigan 400 was a dumpster fire at best. Please send firefighters, and let us never speak of this particular high-downforce rules package again. Thanks in advance.
This is Monster Tajima (of Pikes Peak fame) on a qualifying run up the longest all-gravel hillclimb in the world. And here’s his car tearing apart on the course.
[Ferrari was particularly proud of their underbody air management for the 550 Maranello. The whole thing looks like a nice sweet skidplate to me. Anyone up for rallycross? Photo: Ferrari]
This squid took his motorcycle up to 150 mph without a helmet or goggles or any kind of protection from the wind. Let's learn from his stupidity.
The 2015 Ford F-150 is easily the angriest and boxiest rendition of the truck in its history, but believe it or not it's also the most aerodynamic. Scraping down as much wind resistance as possible was done by taking advantage of details where air could be directed.
[This is what Nissan's wind tunnel controls looked like back in 1980. An F30 Leopard sits in as the test vehicle. Photo Credit: Nissan]
Aerodynamics are so hot right now— the EU just drafted a law that would make their commercial trucks sleeker and safer, which could go into effect by 2022.
Author T. Yomi Obidi and The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) are about to drop their latest batch of knowledge on our asses; a 288-page tome that's all about "Theory and Applications of Aerodynamics for Ground Vehicles."
People are fond of saying that the unrestricted Group B rally cars of the '80s were like Formula One cars that ran on dirt. This Peugeot shows that was more true than you might think.
What would your face look like if you were in a 457 mile-per-hour wind? Back in 1946, NASA found out.
Though the Porsche 911 kinda, sorta, maybe looks like its original progenitor (okay it looks exactly the same), it doesn't function exactly the same. Part of the reason why Porsche 911s are no longer free-wheeling death machines is because of their aerodynamics, and the way they all move about these days.
The WRC takes totally standard affordable hatchbacks, strips them to the shell, and fills them with racing components and top-grade aerodynamics. Now you can see all that aero, painted in dust.
It is extremely important for Simone Origone, the world record holder for speed skiing at 155.9 mph, to absolutely minimize drag. When he needs to test how cleanly he cuts through the air, he goes to the wind tunnel at automotive design house Pininfarina.
Active aerodynamics have long ago filtered down from track cars to high-end sports cars, and are beginning to show up in everyday sedans. But General Motors has patented an idea to use shape-shifting materials to make them more efficient.