EFFECTIVE AERODYNAMIC PROGRAM IN THE DESIGN OF A NEW CAR

The design of the 1980 General Motors front-wheel-drive car received the most comprehensive aerodynamic analysis of any vehicle in corporation history. In addition, the aero study began at an earlier date in the design program than any previous GM car. The result was a design with the lowest aerodynamic drag when comapred to a representative cross section of domestic and import family-type cars being marketed today. The final outcome was a substantial fuel economy benefit on the road and on the EPA test.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the SAE Meeting June 11-15, 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  USA  15096
  • Authors:
    • Nedley, L
  • Publication Date: 1979-6

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  • Accession Number: 00303384
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 790724
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1980 12:00AM