In the US, noticed a very long Prius with “improved” aerodynamicsFebruary 14, 2019
On the Interstate 95 highway in Massachusetts, USA, an unusual Toyota Prius was photographed. To improve the aerodynamics, the owner of the hybrid made a number of changes to its design.
He installed aerodynamic hoods on wheels for reducing air turbulence, deaf lining on the rear side windows, side skirts made of soft material, as well as tiny rear-view mirrors. The rear part of the body with a tubular frame lengthened, giving the car a more streamlined shape. A solar panel is located under the transparent cover.
These changes are designed to reduce the coefficient of drag “Prius”, which for a conventional car is 0.25, and reduce fuel consumption. Probably, the owner of the car is trying to set a new record for the duration of the trip on one tank of fuel.
The 1954 prototype Fiat Turbina is still considered the most aerodynamically efficient car. In the experimental machine with a 300-strong gas turbine, this figure was 0.14. Fiat’s record broke the conceptual Ford Probe V – 0.137.
In 2007, a group of students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology developed the Pac-Car II Hydrogen with an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.07.
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