David Moreira

By on January 8, 2009

Life’s a drag. If you’re an automobile, the faster you go, the more of a drag it becomes. As early as the 1920’s, engineers realized that a car’s shape was no less important than an airplane’s; it determined the the automobile’s aerodynamic efficiency, which has a major impact on its fuel efficiency. (Cars may not have been born from jets, but the same rules apply.) For mass motoring, decades of cheap gas made automotive aerodynamics more of an optional art class than a required science. Now, with government regulators demanding maximum fuel efficiency, aerodynamics are back in play, headed for the mainstream. Active aerodynamics are taking center stage.

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By on December 13, 2008

One of the main improvements in future cars and associated global platforms: weight reduction. Thanks to new, stricter emissions and fuel consumption regulations, this trend is well underway. New cars have already stopped gaining weight. And manufacturers are redoubling their vehicular dieting efforts. Their progress has been predictably rapid. for example, future generations of the European compact class (e.g. Focus III, Golf VII) should shed We more than 100kg, using several strategies…

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