By on February 14, 2010

[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 the profound gains aerodynamics offered. The efforts to do so yielded some of the more remarkable cars ever made, even if they challenged the aesthetic assumptions of their times. We’ve finally arrived at the place where a highly aerodynamic car like the Prius is mainstream. But getting there was not without turbulence. (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • HotPotato: China’s also retiring fleets of coal-fired plants, building staggering amounts of renewable energy...
  • HotPotato: It’s not a different strategy. It’s the other side of the strategy.
  • HotPotato: Nah dude. Nobody is forgetting electricity. Electricity is side B of the strategy here, spinning in tandem...
  • HotPotato: They could do like California and scale subsidies by income, so that nobody who can afford one of the...
  • HotPotato: There are of course many legitimate reasons, public health among them, but the largest is climate change....

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributors

  • Timothy Cain, Canada
  • Matthew Guy, Canada
  • Ronnie Schreiber, United States
  • Bozi Tatarevic, United States
  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States
  • Mark Baruth, United States