The Truth About Cars » aerodynamics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:20:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » aerodynamics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Vellum Venom Vignette: Protect Me From What I Want http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/vellum-venom-vignette-protect-want/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/vellum-venom-vignette-protect-want/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1236633   Lowell writes: Sajeev, I thought you might know: What’s up with so many recent cars incorporating an oversized, black plastic, gaping maw in place of what’s been normal-sized grilles on cars? Lexus comes to mind first, with a visage that any Predator could love. But also, Hyundai Veloster, the revamped Yaris, various Audis, and […]

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  Lowell writes: Sajeev, I thought you might know: What’s up with so many recent cars incorporating an oversized, black plastic, gaping maw in place of what’s been normal-sized grilles on cars? Lexus comes to mind first, with a visage that any Predator could love. But also, Hyundai Veloster, the revamped Yaris, various Audis, and […]

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Mercedes-Benz Has A Concept Car That Grows By Nearly 16 Inches http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/mercedes-benz-concept-car-grows-nearly-16-inches/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/mercedes-benz-concept-car-grows-nearly-16-inches/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:30:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1172650 While it may or may not be the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS-class (note: probably not), the automaker took the wraps off a transforming concept car that grows in length significantly at highway speeds to better cut through air. The Mercedes-Benz IAA concept (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) was shown off Tuesday in Frankfurt and, according to the automaker, can grow […]

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While it may or may not be the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS-class (note: probably not), the automaker took the wraps off a transforming concept car that grows in length significantly at highway speeds to better cut through air. The Mercedes-Benz IAA concept (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) was shown off Tuesday in Frankfurt and, according to the automaker, can grow […]

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QOTD: Why Are Today’s Race Cars So Ugly? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-todays-race-cars-ugly/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-todays-race-cars-ugly/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:30:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1125457 When was the last time you saw a pretty race car? Maybe I’m turning into Walt Kowalski, but it seems to me that the racing machines of my youth looked nicer. Is there a purer shape than Jim Clark’s Indy 500 winning Lotus 38? Is not the Lola T70 sensuous? Some of Jim Hall’s Chaparrals, […]

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When was the last time you saw a pretty race car? Maybe I’m turning into Walt Kowalski, but it seems to me that the racing machines of my youth looked nicer. Is there a purer shape than Jim Clark’s Indy 500 winning Lotus 38? Is not the Lola T70 sensuous? Some of Jim Hall’s Chaparrals, […]

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QOTD: What OEM Wheel Designs Make Their Respective Cars Look Cheap? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/qotd-which-oem-wheel-designs-completely-ruin-the-look-of-their-respective-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/qotd-which-oem-wheel-designs-completely-ruin-the-look-of-their-respective-cars/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1089081 Regulation. It dictates the majority of modern car design. Whether it be for pedestrian safety, crash worthiness, economies of scale, or fuel efficiency, the basic building blocks of modern cars are decided well before pencil is met with freshly-bleached paper (or, these days, before stylus meets tablet). That last item – fuel efficiency – is […]

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Regulation. It dictates the majority of modern car design. Whether it be for pedestrian safety, crash worthiness, economies of scale, or fuel efficiency, the basic building blocks of modern cars are decided well before pencil is met with freshly-bleached paper (or, these days, before stylus meets tablet). That last item – fuel efficiency – is […]

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Vellum Venom Vignette: Styling the Shark Jump? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/vellum-venom-vignette-buffalo-butts-saggy-schnozzes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/vellum-venom-vignette-buffalo-butts-saggy-schnozzes/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1075194 Bob writes: Hi Sajeev. I’m annoyed by styling that makes the trim height look wrong. Most cars today look like the front is sagging or the rear is too high. The stylists even slant side creases and trim strips down toward the front (Man, I hate that. – SM) to create this look even though a close look […]

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Bob writes: Hi Sajeev. I’m annoyed by styling that makes the trim height look wrong. Most cars today look like the front is sagging or the rear is too high. The stylists even slant side creases and trim strips down toward the front (Man, I hate that. – SM) to create this look even though a close look […]

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Capsule Review: 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia 2.0 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/capsule-review-1983-ford-sierra-ghia-2-0/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/capsule-review-1983-ford-sierra-ghia-2-0/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:44:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=981897     “Wait! Is that a…” “Are you British?”  “I haven’t seen one of these since I left Venezuela as a teenager, only rich people had Sierras!” Behold random responses from gawkers of TTAC’s Project Car. The surprises continue after several hundred miles under the Ford Sierra’s belt, as life with this fish out of water is […]

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    “Wait! Is that a…” “Are you British?”  “I haven’t seen one of these since I left Venezuela as a teenager, only rich people had Sierras!” Behold random responses from gawkers of TTAC’s Project Car. The surprises continue after several hundred miles under the Ford Sierra’s belt, as life with this fish out of water is […]

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Paris 2014: Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Revealed Prior To Live Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/paris-2014-citroen-c4-cactus-airflow-2l-revealed-prior-live-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/paris-2014-citroen-c4-cactus-airflow-2l-revealed-prior-live-debut/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=916090 In the 1930s, Chrysler experimented with aerodynamics to deliver a product that could slip through the wind better than the vehicles of the day, bestowing upon the public the Airflow. Alas, not too many people were ready for the future, leaving the concept a commercial failure. Today, Citroën is giving the name and concept a […]

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In the 1930s, Chrysler experimented with aerodynamics to deliver a product that could slip through the wind better than the vehicles of the day, bestowing upon the public the Airflow. Alas, not too many people were ready for the future, leaving the concept a commercial failure. Today, Citroën is giving the name and concept a […]

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A Visit To Ford’s Wind Tunnel To Look At The New Mustang’s Slick Aero Tricks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/a-visit-to-fords-wind-tunnel-to-look-at-the-new-mustangs-slick-aero-tricks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/a-visit-to-fords-wind-tunnel-to-look-at-the-new-mustangs-slick-aero-tricks/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=756721 Click on the settings icon in the menu bar of the video above to watch it in 2D or your choice of 3D formats. The second best part about the job of writing about cars is not getting to drive expensive cars for free or being flown to resorts with Jacuzzi tubs. No, the second […]

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Click on the settings icon in the menu bar of the video above to watch it in 2D or your choice of 3D formats. The second best part about the job of writing about cars is not getting to drive expensive cars for free or being flown to resorts with Jacuzzi tubs. No, the second […]

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The Return of the Running Board http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/the-return-of-the-running-board/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/the-return-of-the-running-board/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=675250 Gordon Buehrig’s design of the Cord 810/812 was revolutionary for its day. One innovation was that it lacked running boards, something automobiles had featured almost since the dawn of the motoring age. I’m guessing that the origin of running boards has to do with the fact that in the early days car bodies were typically […]

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Gordon Buehrig’s design of the Cord 810/812 was revolutionary for its day. One innovation was that it lacked running boards, something automobiles had featured almost since the dawn of the motoring age. I’m guessing that the origin of running boards has to do with the fact that in the early days car bodies were typically […]

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Vellum Venom: Uwe Bahnsen, Car Designer, RIP http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/vellum-venom-uwe-bahnsen-car-designer-rip/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/vellum-venom-uwe-bahnsen-car-designer-rip/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 03:51:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498589 Never forget: people make all the difference.  This often overlooked fact in the glamorous world of automotive styling rings true for the life of Mr. Uwe Bahnsen. I froze in my tracks when I heard of his passing on Car Design News. His work at Ford and with the Industrial Design community influenced me, and […]

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Never forget: people make all the difference.  This often overlooked fact in the glamorous world of automotive styling rings true for the life of Mr. Uwe Bahnsen. I froze in my tracks when I heard of his passing on Car Design News. His work at Ford and with the Industrial Design community influenced me, and […]

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Piston Slap: Raising the Bar by Lowering It? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/piston-slap-raising-the-bar-by-lowering-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/piston-slap-raising-the-bar-by-lowering-it/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:56:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429642       TTAC commentator educatordan writes: I know this is an exercise in mental masturbation but I find myself thinking about it and perhaps the B&B with their extensive experience could shed some light on the subject. OK here goes; Will lowering a vehicle improve the vehicle’s fuel economy?  Several manufacturers of lowering systems […]

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      TTAC commentator educatordan writes: I know this is an exercise in mental masturbation but I find myself thinking about it and perhaps the B&B with their extensive experience could shed some light on the subject. OK here goes; Will lowering a vehicle improve the vehicle’s fuel economy?  Several manufacturers of lowering systems […]

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It’s A Drag: Does Wind-Tunnel-Vision Kill Car Design? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/it%e2%80%99s-a-drag-does-wind-tunnel-vision-kill-car-design/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/it%e2%80%99s-a-drag-does-wind-tunnel-vision-kill-car-design/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:31:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399560 Do you think that cars have lost their soul? Nina Tortosa, General Motors aerodynamicist for the Voltec/E-Flex programs, says that cars look more and more alike because “we all have to abide by the same laws of physics. It doesn’t matter if we don’t like them,” Nina Tortosa told WardsAuto. Mere mortals have to contend […]

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Do you think that cars have lost their soul? Nina Tortosa, General Motors aerodynamicist for the Voltec/E-Flex programs, says that cars look more and more alike because “we all have to abide by the same laws of physics. It doesn’t matter if we don’t like them,” Nina Tortosa told WardsAuto. Mere mortals have to contend […]

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An Illustrated History Of Automotive Aerodynamics – Part 3: Finale http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/an-illustrated-history-of-automotive-aerodynamics-part-3-finale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/an-illustrated-history-of-automotive-aerodynamics-part-3-finale/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2010 21:25:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=345762 [Note: A significantly expanded and updated version of this article is here] For most of the fifties, sixties and into the early seventies, automotive aerodynamicists were mostly non-existent, or hiding in their wind tunnels. The original promise and enthusiasm of aerodynamics was discarded as just another style fad, and gave way to less functional styling […]

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[Note: A significantly expanded and updated version of this article is here] For most of the fifties, sixties and into the early seventies, automotive aerodynamicists were mostly non-existent, or hiding in their wind tunnels. The original promise and enthusiasm of aerodynamics was discarded as just another style fad, and gave way to less functional styling […]

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Curbside Classic Outtake: Aerodynamics Then And Now http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/curbside-classic-outtake-aerodynamics-then-and-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/curbside-classic-outtake-aerodynamics-then-and-now/#comments Sun, 14 Feb 2010 20:58:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=345328 This 1965 Falcon Futura first caught my eye, not the Prius. But seeing them jowl-to-cheek gave me a dramatic lesson in how far car aerodynamics have come. Well, at least in common everyday cars. The Tatra T77 of 1934 still has this Prius’ Cd of .25 handily beat. The Falcon? Who knows; probably around .50 […]

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This 1965 Falcon Futura first caught my eye, not the Prius. But seeing them jowl-to-cheek gave me a dramatic lesson in how far car aerodynamics have come. Well, at least in common everyday cars. The Tatra T77 of 1934 still has this Prius’ Cd of .25 handily beat. The Falcon? Who knows; probably around .50 […]

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An Illustrated History Of Automotive Aerodynamics – In Three Parts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/an-illustrated-history-of-automotive-aerodynamics-in-three-parts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/an-illustrated-history-of-automotive-aerodynamics-in-three-parts/#comments Sun, 14 Feb 2010 20:29:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=345269 [Note: A significantly expanded and updated version of this article can be found here] That air presented the greatest obstacle to automotive speed and economy was understood intuitively, if not scientifically since the dawn of the automobile. Putting it into practice was quite another story. Engineers, racers and entrepreneurs were lured by the potential for […]

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[Note: A significantly expanded and updated version of this article can be found here] That air presented the greatest obstacle to automotive speed and economy was understood intuitively, if not scientifically since the dawn of the automobile. Putting it into practice was quite another story. Engineers, racers and entrepreneurs were lured by the potential for […]

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Ford Taurus: Oedipus Wrecks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/09/ford-taurus-oedipus-wrecks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/09/ford-taurus-oedipus-wrecks/#comments Fri, 01 Sep 2006 11:12:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=2131 gallery_c450020a.JPGIn his own ew-inducing sort of way, Oedipus defined the Tragic Hero. His story teaches us that character is fate; the arrogant King can no more escape his destiny than a bad guy on a cop show. And so it is with the Ford Taurus, a vehicle named for either the constellation of the same name (minus the Ford) or the Zodiac sign ascribed to it. According to pseudo- science, Taureans are practical, reliable, patient, affectionate, competent, ambitious, determined, lazy, jealous, inflexible, greedy and stubborn. And some people wonder why the model took twenty years to die an ignominious death…

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gallery_c450020a.JPGIn his own ew-inducing sort of way, Oedipus defined the Tragic Hero. His story teaches us that character is fate; the arrogant King can no more escape his destiny than a bad guy on a cop show. And so it is with the Ford Taurus, a vehicle named for either the constellation of the same name (minus the Ford) or the Zodiac sign ascribed to it. According to pseudo- science, Taureans are practical, reliable, patient, affectionate, competent, ambitious, determined, lazy, jealous, inflexible, greedy and stubborn. And some people wonder why the model took twenty years to die an ignominious death…

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