Physics, aerodynamics, low fuel consumption.  A homemade “improved” Subaru.

Physics, aerodynamics, low fuel consumption. A homemade “improved” Subaru.


What? Do you know what is one of the biggest obstacles in the way of getting really cheap cars? Aerodynamics. Although more and more brands are getting better and better results in terms of drag coefficient, there is still a lot of room for maneuver here. Some products do not hide – their test projects more or less show that it is understandable.

Examples? Volkswagen XL1. Its shape may be special, but everything is mentioned here and fights for low fuel consumption. The Toyota Prius is also a good example. Its shape is not the work of the designer, but the engineers who see this as the best compromise between aerodynamics and space for passengers.

Aerodynamics changes everything – and this is best demonstrated by the rebuilt Subaru

What will result from combining aviation experts, a do-it-yourself shop, and a solid knowledge of aerodynamics and physics?

Well, this is an innovation – visually intriguing, but bring real benefits.

In short – a leader Consider the Flight Path decided to “improve” the standard Subaru XV to reduce fuel consumption as much as possible. Homemade means, i.e. polystyrene and tape, created a carefully designed “tail” for this car.

It is he who, together with the hat on the rims, brings about a wonderful result. This is not an exaggeration, as fuel consumption after the modification decreased by 13%, and this is only the beginning of a big project.

Not everything can be solved in an easy way. Although Subaru’s aerodynamics have been improved, air turbulence in the extreme part of the “tail” is a big problem. They result from the lack of a front splitter that would properly direct the air around the car.

One thing is certain, however – it is a demonstration of possibilities that should be considered by car manufacturers

The dreams of efficient electricians are not only a matter of battery capacity and car optimization, but of the entire struggle against air resistance. A perfect example is the Mercedes EQXX studio, which looks like an alien, but travels more than 1000 kilometers on a single charge.

All this makes the popularity of SUVs increasingly questionable – as it is possible, but from the point of view of performance, it is not the best choice.