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aeronca65t
09-09-2004, 01:07 AM
Here's a British attempt at the land speed record for steam cars. It's being built at Southhapton University. Interesting...

More info:
https://www.steamcar.co.uk/Design/index.htm

https://www.steamcar.co.uk/Home-Page_car2.jpg

waltesefalcon
09-09-2004, 11:48 PM
That is absolutely amazing. Thanks for the link very cool.

Xracer
09-10-2004, 11:44 AM
It's a very interesting concept, and a beautiful shape. However, I sure hope that they've designed some downforce tunneling in the undertray....the profile looks very much like an airfoil.

PC
09-10-2004, 12:48 PM
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... I sure hope that they've designed some downforce tunneling in the undertray....the profile looks very much like an airfoil.

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The point to a speed record design is to minimize drag as much as possible. Many aerodynamic details seen on road racing cars give huge downforce to maximize cornering ability but do so at the expense of incurring more drag. Their goal is to get the lowest lap times even if straight-line top speed suffers a bit.

These guys are obviously very, very good engineers. I have every confidence that they have designed in enough downforce and stability for safety while keeping overall drag within their design budget.


PC.