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Cardboard car improvements make it more aerodynamic

This cardboard addition to a car is one of a series of such mods that attempt to add some sports car detailing and maybe aerodynamic molding to an average car. Just don’t get caught in a rainstorm with these or you might be kind of soggy.

Florian Jennett, via Art in the Digital World

7 thoughts on “Cardboard car improvements make it more aerodynamic

  1. Is this supposed to actually work, or is it just an art project?
    Not much information there. But the front spoiler looks like it drags on the ground.

    There are people doing this for real (usually with something more durable than cardboard), but this doesn’t look like one of them.
    I’d put it in “Craft” rather than “Make”.

  2. The lack of clue in some of the latest Make blog entries is disturbing. This is an “art project” that has little to do with aerodynamics, as suggested by the title. It even says so in the quoted text.

    And even the commercially sold after market body kits don’t usually improve aerodynamic resistance or “down force.” More often than not the effect is quite the opposite. They are simply cosmetic add ons.

  3. If you want to know how to do it right, check out “Basjoos” at…

    He dropped the drag coefficient of his ’92 Civic CX from 0.26 to 0.17 with self-constructed aero treatments.

    Cardboard grille blocks, rear wheel skirts, and kammback covers are pretty common experimental designs until coroplast or other durable materials can be sourced.

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