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Old 10-27-2007, 09:17 PM   #1
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My long lost boat tail experiment pictures...

Alas, I wasn't able to do proper testing... And conditions were absolutely TERRIBLE:

1. It rained on the way home
2. I had to follow someone, both direction - someone that went really really fast (70-85mph)
3. Inconsistent traffic
4. Rain + speed made me loose some components

So about 150 miles highway.... averaging ~75-80mph... mpg=41.5. Some a/c to battle windshield fogging.... Also into a headwind on the way up to my destination.

When I dropped down to 55 for a few miles, I was getting 50, barely.





This shows that the cardboard isn't adding any frontal area:


After the rains - I needed to do some surgery. My average went down a little, but I used a lot more a/c.





Evidence of nothing really - due to my inability to do any proper testing :/ But I've never had such good trip FE

Lots of parental shock factor though
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Old 10-27-2007, 09:27 PM   #2
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I saw some of those pictures before, didn't I?

Going to abandon it forever? I think there is the possibility for something fairly attractive, perhaps FG to be made for the car.
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I saw some of those pictures before, didn't I?

Going to abandon it forever? I think there is the possibility for something fairly attractive, perhaps FG to be made for the car.
Maybe? I thought I lost the memory card it was on.... It just turned up the other day (put away in an organized fashion of course)

FG?


It's not abandoned, just severely back burnered allong with my bat man waffle iron, Captain America shield from a disk sled, etc. This is pretty much my last free weekend for awhile - end of the semester grind is nye...
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Old 10-27-2007, 09:49 PM   #4
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Fibreglass! I think it would look sweet in CF but dunno if you have a CF setup going...
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Fibreglass! I think it would look sweet in CF but dunno if you have a CF setup going...
Expensive - within my personal skill capabilities - just too much cost :/ too much for my current economic situation Plus, mounting is still a newfangled mess
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:09 PM   #6
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Oh boo, you could turn that jetta into a cool station wagon with a nice black CF boattail over the truck...and you could sell them! Think of the amazingness.
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Re: My long lost boat tail experiment pictures...

your mileage would have been better if you added a bottom piece up from the bottom of the rear bumper... cool
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Re: My long lost boat tail experiment pictures...

Nice work!!! Thanks for sharing. Coroplast is inexpensive ( all mine is free, recycled election signs ) and much more durable than cardboard. Just a thought.
best wishes, L&S
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