VW remembered its most aerodynamic car of the last centuryMay 12, 2020
This rather strange looking car could reach a speed of 362.02 km / h in 1980. The car could boast of an innovative, for that time, aerodynamic body kit, as well as a 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with a capacity of 177 hp.
Typically, there are three ways to make a car move faster. You can equip it with a very powerful motor, make the structure lighter, or try to make the car body more aerodynamically optimized. The final step also plays a key role in the overall performance of the vehicle, since moving through the air in a more aerodynamic vehicle means less fuel consumption.
Regardless of whether we are talking about classic or modern cars, aerodynamics are important. Volkswagen emphasizes its efforts to create more streamlined cars, telling the story of its most interesting project in history. Specifically, this car was introduced in 1980 as a single-seat vehicle with a drag coefficient of only 0.15.
The engineers of the company had a very simple task, which had a very difficult decision to make the car as aerodynamic as possible.
The car was built on an aluminum frame with a body made of fiberglass and carbon fiber. This vehicle occupied 83.82 cm in height and 109.98 cm in width, and had hidden wheels, a smooth bottom and movable “ribs” of rigidity, which helped to maintain its stability at high speeds.
The car had a relatively small 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 177 hp. It was located right behind the driver and was connected to the rear wheels directly through a chain drive. The transmission had a very interesting cooling solution – one massive ventilation valve located in the bow so that air could smoothly pass through the radiator and exit the top of the car.
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