EFFECT OF VEHICLE DESIGN VARIABLES ON TOP SPEED, PERFORMANCE, AND FUEL ECONOMY

Several parameters which affect the fuel consumption, performance, and top speed of a vehicle are vehicle weight, tire rolling resistance, aerodynamic drag and driveline configuration. Studies have indicated that it is possible to change each of these parameters to reduce the fuel consumption of a vehicle. However, the resulting performance characteristics must also be evaluated over the range of any changes. The purpose of this paper is to assess these vehicle design variables with respect to top speed, performance, and fuel economy.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  USA  15096
  • Authors:
    • Zub, R W
    • Colello, R G
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 18 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319767
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 800215
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1980 12:00AM