Title: Designing cars for low drag - state of the art and future prospects

Authors: W.-H. Hucho

Addresses: Germany

Abstract: Reducing air drag is shown to be the most efficient way of improving the fuel economy of cars. Existing methods allow for a 20 to 50% reduction in drag, compared to the average drag of present-day cars. The increasing inherent sensitivity to cross wind has to be reduced by controlled flow separation.

Keywords: aerodynamics; basic bodies; drag coefficient; drag reduction; driving cycles; fuel economy; vehicle styling; vehicle design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1982.061268

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1982 Vol.3 No.3, pp.255 - 262

Published online: 25 May 2014 *

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