[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] » 2/05/15 9:05am 2/05/15 9:05am

What Your Face Looks Like At 150 Miles Per Hour

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. » 12/22/14 2:19pm 12/22/14 2:19pm

The Origins of the Fastback

In the 1930's car manufactures finally started to pay attention to how their automobiles move through the air, instead of just making boxes on wheels. It became stylish to drive a car that had no flat surfaces whatsoever. Heacock offers an extensive history if you're interested. » 12/02/14 12:19pm 12/02/14 12:19pm

How Ford Squeezed Every Drop Of Aerodynamics Out Of The 2015 F-150

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. » 8/26/14 6:05pm 8/26/14 6:05pm

This Weird Morphing Skin Could Make Future Vehicles Super Aerodynamic

This strangely alive-looking blob isn't a prop from a sci-fi movie. It's a smorph, a morphing material that could make the cars, trains and airplanes of tomorrow extremely aerodynamic, using the same trick that helps golf balls fly faster and straighter. » 6/28/14 4:18pm 6/28/14 4:18pm

People really didn't like Volvo's first streamlined car, the PV36…

How can you not love streamlined, "Art Deco" designs? Pretty much everyone was experimenting with various wind-swept shapes in the 1930s, and you can trace a line from the European carrozzerias to the most progressive styling studios of the United States. » 4/28/14 11:30am 4/28/14 11:30am

Get Ready To Nerd Out About The Shapes Of Trucks And Cars

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." » 3/17/14 8:00pm 3/17/14 8:00pm

Peugeot Once Built An F1 Car With Mudflaps

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. » 10/22/13 6:15pm 10/22/13 6:15pm

Let Porsche Slowly, Carefully Explain Active Aerodynamics To You

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. » 8/16/13 4:26pm 8/16/13 4:26pm

What does Mach One (or Two or Three) mean?

We've heard blasé dialog about Mach numbers from fighter pilots in movies, but do you know what Mach numbers actually mean? Among other things, it means that two planes going at Mach 1 can actually be going at very different speeds. » 7/23/13 4:03pm 7/23/13 4:03pm

Watch Dust Paint The Aerodynamics Of WRC Rally Cars

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. » 6/19/13 1:33pm 6/19/13 1:33pm

This Is The Airflow Around The McLaren P1

We all know that the McLaren P1's design was pretty much made in the wind tunnel, instead of by either McLaren's Frank Stephenson or the engineering team. » 4/18/13 12:35pm 4/18/13 12:35pm

This Is What A Skier Looks Like In A Wind Tunnel

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. » 1/20/12 4:00pm 1/20/12 4:00pm

The shape-shifting, fuel-saving metals of the future

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. » 6/10/11 3:00pm 6/10/11 3:00pm

Peek Inside The Mythbusters' "829" Porsche Experiment

Jalopnik commenter Scoutch has a day job many of us might try for free: Building stuff in the labs of Mythbusters. Check out his take on what's it like to drive a Porsche 928 with its body bolted on backwards. » 11/05/10 2:30pm 11/05/10 2:30pm

Mythbusters Tests The Porsche 928's Aerodynamics... In Reverse

The Mythbusters crew and Popular Mechanics will test later this month the old claim that the Porsche 928 could go faster if driven backwards. To do so, they flipped a 928's body to face the wrong direction. » 11/03/10 3:30pm 11/03/10 3:30pm

The Ferrari 599XX Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

You know you’ve got a serious track Ferrari on your hands when even the taillights have been ripped out to make room for extra vents. » 8/11/10 12:30pm 8/11/10 12:30pm

Brabham BT46B Fan Car: Making Lemonade From Lemons

The BT46B—also known as the Fan Car—was a cunning Gordon Murray racer, designed to one-up the dominant Lotus 79 in the 1978 Formula One season. » 1/07/10 1:30pm 1/07/10 1:30pm