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The ultimate guide to car aerodynamics

Read Cars Logo By David Finlay of Read Cars | Slide 1 of 15: Aerodynamics is one of the most important but least understood subjects in the whole of motoring. Although it’s not obvious to the naked eye, a car that can guide air round itself effectively will (all other things being equal) be faster and quieter, will handle better, will have superior cooling and will use less fuel and emit less CO2 than one that can’t. All cars nowadays are designed with this in mind, to a greater or lesser extent.For most people, aerodynamics is an overwhelmingly complicated science. Fortunately, many aspects of it are reasonably simple, and those are the ones we’re going to concentrate on in this article. By the time you’ve finished reading it, you should have a better understanding of why cars are shaped the way they are.

The ultimate guide to car aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is one of the most important but least understood subjects in the whole of motoring. Although it’s not obvious to the naked eye, a car that can guide air round itself effectively will (all other things being equal) be faster and quieter, will handle better, will have superior cooling and will use less fuel and emit less CO2 than one that can’t.

All cars nowadays are designed with this in mind, to a greater or lesser extent.For most people, aerodynamics is an overwhelmingly complicated science. Fortunately, many aspects of it are reasonably simple, and those are the ones we’re going to concentrate on in this article.

By the time you’ve finished reading it, you should have a better understanding of why cars are shaped the way they are.

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