30 May '14, 10pm

Tesla Model S Wins Aerodynamics Comparison via @gas2

Tesla Model S Wins Aerodynamics Comparison via @gas2

Amazingly, the Model S had the lowest front drag area of the whole group, which is a combination of the drag coefficient and frontal area exposed to aerodynamic drag. More drag means more power to push through the wind at higher speeds, and having a low drag coefficient has become key in achieving outstanding levels of fuel economy. The egg-shaped Toyota Prius sets the bar for production cars with a 0.26 drag coefficient, but the Model S edged it out with a 0.24 rating. The Tesla matched the Toyota with 6.2 feet of drag area as well, a remarkable feat for such a large car. The next closest contender was the Chevy Volt, with 6.7 feet of drag area and a drag coefficient of 0.28.

Full article: http://gas2.org/2014/05/30/tesla-model-s-wins-aerodynamic...

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