I will walk first
I think vfx is referring to the fact that covered wheels are more aerodynamic than uncovered - and most of the energy to move a car goes into overcoming wind resistance. So as cars necessarily become more efficient in the future, wheel skirts are probably going to become prevalent.
The Protoscar being an efficient sports car may well be the shape of the future. The Roadster? Not terribly aerodynamic. Admittedly I question the aesthetics of going with wheel skirts in a convertible...
Last edited by graham; 05-19-2009 at 08:55 AM.
The old Honda insight was one of the most efficient cars on the road. The car companies all know that wheel skirts help, yet very few are willing to use them. I gather that the look scares too many customers away, so there is a big barrier to adoption.
Tesla could have used them on the Roadster, but it really would have ruined the look.
Last edited by TEG; 05-19-2009 at 09:13 AM.
*edit* Graham said it better..
That is, until battery and charging tech overcomes. (A thousand mile battery on a 10 minute charge will mean we will go back to heavy inefficient cars -because we can. )
Last edited by vfx; 05-19-2009 at 09:18 AM. Reason: slow on response
The world loves to be deceived.
Somewhat related - did you notice the fin attitude, if that's the right term, in the Model S wheels?
Seems like they designed it to present the least amount of wind resistance during rotation. Or it just looks like that to the fluid-dynamics ignorant like me
I've got 'til 2012 to figure out how I'm gonna charge my S with no driveway or garage
Though the success of the Prius (which doesn't look conventional either) is kind of encouraging for public acceptance of aerodynamic tweaks that look unconventional.
Because there are tons of crazy people in this world...
So I guess Aptera is different enough that its wheel covers gets a pass from those who don't like them? Or do those people also not like the Aptera?
The front wheel cover is open, showing the 14-inch wheels. Aptera says enclosing the wheels increased aerodynamic efficiency 10 percent.
Last edited by doug; 05-19-2009 at 12:41 PM. Reason: typo it's-->its
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