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17608 No. 17608 ID: 68aa6b
Can we just agree that wedge cars were the best cars?
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>>17622
Here's another beauty.

Alfa Romeo Carabo (1968)

Bertone is the king of wedge cars.
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A 1970 pair of Nissan concept cars.
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>>17629
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>>17629
Another Nissan wedge car that almost made it to production.

The Mid4.
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>>17631
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>>17632
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Here's one a little more out there.

Looks like an 80s Prius.

The 1983 Nissan NX21 Concept.
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BMW E25 Turbo concept car in front of the BMW headquarters in München.

This is where the BMW M1 got its looks.
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I guess this belongs here too.

A racing De Tomaso Pantera.
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Saab Sonett III
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So I heard you like wedges.
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>>17636
I was going to post that but I couldn't find any links to the one I wanted to post.

My father in law has a article he cut and saved from an early '80s issue of Hot Rod or Road and Track magazine. The Cover Feture and primary car of the issue was a 15 or 1700 horsepower US-street legal Detomaso Pantera. The article says the guy had sunk close to $100,000 back then into the car to get it to that level of performance. He basically custom ordered parts from Brabham, McLaren (I believe he had the rear drive axle made by McLaren and the diff) and a few other race shops.

I will ask him next time I see him if he can find it and I can give you the name of the owner, and the car specifics as well as magazine, issue # and year.
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Fuck all y'all.
>> No. 17641 ID: faf5b0
>>17639
A Pantera GT5 or GT5S in good condition would be a dream car.
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I'm ashamed you guys haven't posted this.
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>>17642
IF we posted every wedge car we knew without googling them, we'd read the post limit very quickly.

Just off the top of my head: De Tomaso Mangusta, Lotus Elise, Lotus Europa, Lotus Espirit, Most Lamborghinis since the Muira, Ferarri F430 and 458, Ferrari 360, the TVR Wedge car series, Cizeta V16T, Mosler MT900, Consulier GTP, and that doesn't even count concepts, homologation specials, and one-off prototype racers like the Chapparals, pic related.
>> No. 17644 ID: c044b5
>>17637
that might be my new favorite car
>> No. 17645 ID: 08b760
  Mercedes CLR-GT1?
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>The Stevens Esprit played a role in the film Pretty Woman after Ferrari and Porsche declined the product placement opportunity because the manufacturers did not want to be associated with soliciting prostitutes. Lotus saw the placement value with such a major feature film and supplied a Silver 1989.5 Esprit SE. Sales of the Lotus Esprit tripled during 1990 and 1991.

>The car was also seen in Basic Instinct, The Rookie, Taking Care of Business and If Looks Could Kill / Teen Agent, as well as the short-lived TV series The Highwayman.[25]
>> No. 18095 ID: 06a0fb
>>17639
Massive necro bump. Someone else saved the fucking article, at least a scan of the first two pages of it.

Dennis Zainfield, with a twin-turbo 1972 De Tomaso Pantera "SkyTech." January 1984 issue of Hot Rod Magazine.
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>>18095
And picture didnt upload, for some reason. Trying again.
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Does the charger 3 concept count? Id drive it.
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>>18096
>>18102
Hhnnnnggg.
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Gold one's a Lamborghini Bravo. Silver fore is the Lancia Stratos Zero, and the convertible in the back is the Lamborghini Athon. All three are designed by Bertone.
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bump cause i can
>> No. 19868 ID: a4acc8
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How did this stop being popular?
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>>19868
Pretty much because industry has implemented new technologies in car body manufacturing, people started to experiment with new forms and thus it became a fashion. Somewhere around 90-s.
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>>19868
Because wedge shapes are absolutely inferior at aerodynamics.
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>>19870
Take that back.
>> No. 19882 ID: 3cbd05
>>19870
They're actually not that bad. The wedge shape, if done right with cooling airflow and exhaust exiting at the very rear of the car, can have a very, very low drag coefficient. As in, .25 or lower (The average Toyota/GM/Chrysler, etc. being around .35+).

The part where it becomes "aerodynamically garbage" is the lift coefficient. The wedge gives a LOT of downforce at higher speeds, and therefore drag. But that's not a bad thing.
>> No. 19888 ID: 4aaaa0
  Mercedes CLA, the world's most aerodynamic car
Published on Mar 28, 2013 https://youtu.be/7UBGFV2gzQ4
Its Cd is .23, no other production does it better.
- What a load of crap. No explanation, just a claim in the title, artsy shots of the car and terribly annoying music.
>> No. 19889 ID: 4aaaa0
  EASY Pinewood Derby Car WINS using Science!!! https://youtu.be/-RjJtO51ykY
7 simple steps that ACTUALLY MATTER to building a winning pinewood derby car. I built a car in 45 minutes using these steps and crushed all the competition by more than 2 car lengths (proof is in the video :) Special thanks to Steve at DerbyMonkey.com for providing his expertise and materials for the video.
HERE'S HOW I MADE THE ROCKET CAR: http://youtu.be/vlBxPjxacsk
1. Max weight ~1" in front of rear axle
2. Reasonably aerodynamic
3. Ride on 3 wheels
4. Lightweight wheels
5. Bent polished axles
6. Railride/alignment
7. Lots o' graphite
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>>19888
Most aerodynamic car is something of the Ford Probe series, even a Citroen is more aerodynamic than that. Someone's pulling your leg there.

If experimentals are included, Ecorunner V beats all.
http://www.ecorunner.nl/ecorunner-v.html
>> No. 19891 ID: 4aaaa0
  Mercedes-Benz "Concept IAA" (Intelligence Aerodynamic Automobile)
Published on Sep 17, 2015 https://youtu.be/gl7PRhqdi2U
The Mercedes "Concept IAA" switches automatically from design mode to aerodynamic mode, whereupon numerous active aerodynamic measures alter its appearance. As a result of this transformation, the Cd value improves from 0.25 to 0.19 – a new world record for a four-door four-seater. The frontal area totals 2.16 m2.

The front flaps in the front bumper in front of the wheel arches move outwards by 25 millimetres and 20 millimetres to the rear, up to the rear edge of the wheel crescent. This substantially improves the inflow of air to the wheels and the flow of air over the front wheel arches.

The louvre in the front bumper moves 60 millimetres to the rear, improving the flow of air towards the underbody.

The Active Rims alter their cupping with the aid of centrifugal force from 55 to 0 millimetres, transforming them from sporty 5-spoke wheels into flat disc wheels offering exemplary aerodynamic characteristics.

In conjunction with the diffuser, the rear extension which is extendable by up to 390 millimetres ensures that the air flow hugs the vehicle more closely and that the after-flow zone behind the vehicle's rear end is substantially smaller. This results in a considerable reduction in drag. The rear extension in "boat tail" design consists of eight segments produced in CFRP in a sandwich structure which close to form a ring.
>> No. 19892 ID: 4aaaa0
  Well, at least this video provided a minimum of explanation to what makes this so aerodynamic.
Mercedes "Concept IAA", first presentation
Frankfurt 15-16.09.2015 https://youtu.be/uR_oZyeyrHg
The Mercedes-Benz "Concept IAA" (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) is two cars in one: an aerodynamics world champion with a Cd value of 0.19 and a four-door coupé embodying irresistible design. The study switches automatically from design mode to aerodynamic mode when the vehicle reaches a speed of 80 km/h, whereby numerous aerodynamics measures alter the shape of the vehicle. Inside, the "Concept IAA" continues the design line of the S-Class and S-Class Coupé, offers new touch-based functions and provides an idea of what the interior of a business saloon might look like in the near future.
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more W8
>> No. 19942 ID: 369bd6
  >>19890
>>19891
Volkswagen XL1 has a Cd of 0.189, which is pretty great for a production car. Of course, it is a two person box of a hybrid.
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The Rover SD1's styling was apparently influenced by the Ferrari Daytona.
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1972 Maserati Boomerang Coupé
Sold for €3,335,000 (PLN 14,100,713)
First seen as a concept car at the Turin Motor Show in 1971, the Maserati Boomerang was a typically adventurous work by the man who would later be judged ‚Car Designer of the Century’: Giorgetto Giugiaro. http://www.gieldaklasykow.pl/maserati-boomerang-1972-francja/
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The Maserati Boomerang was a concept car designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. It was first revealed at the Turin Auto Show in 1971 as a non-functional model, but by the time the 1972 Geneva Auto Show came around the company had worked it into a fully functional vehicle.

The design of the Boomerang would resonate through Giugiaro's future designs for many years. Its sharp angles and wedge shape could be easily seen in the VW Golf 1, VW Passat, Lancia Delta, Maserati Quattroporte III, Lotus Esprit, and the De Lorean DMC-12. Powered by a 310 bhp (230 kW) 4.7L V8 engine driving the rear wheels, 5 speed manual transmission, and having a fully decked out interior. With a unique dashboard layout where the steering wheel and gauge cluster are part of a single console that emerges from the dash, and the steering wheel rotates around the stationary gauges.

The Boomerang was fully registered as a road car, but it was always intended as a one-off show car. It was shown in dozens of places, and after the 1974 auto show in Barcelona it was sold to a private individual. In 1990, it was shown at the Bagatelle Concours in Paris, 1993 Concours Italiana, Carmel (Calf.) and Pebble Beach, with a new owner and some restoration work done. It made an appearance again in 2000 at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races, and Pebble Beach - 50th Anniversary -, 2012 "BEST OF SHOW", May, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 2013 "BEST OF SHOW", October, Knokke, Belgium, 2014 "Paris Motor Show", Paris, France.

The Boomerang featured prominently in a 2014 series of Louis Vuitton print and video ads, with photographs by Jürgen Teller showing the car and fashion models at the Giardini della Biennale (Venice). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maserati_Boomerang
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