Tesla actually borrowed the idea from Apple.
Thats one way of looking at it, it could also be considered a hugely expensive boondogle that really wasn’t needed, a lot of what was learned at Saturn has spread through the rest of GM, which is a positive, but one wonders if what could have been done if all the $$$ poured into Saturn would have just gone to building…
Checker Motors sort of did it for awhile, too; there was a period where you either came to the factory in Kalamazoo to pick up the car yourself or paid to have it shipped to you. I believe they only started franchising dealers in the early ‘60s, when they starting making a half-hearted push to become more of a…
If by awful, you mean I would give up my left testicle to drive one. Then yes, I agree 100%. Great article.
“Being in a big empty house, and the footsteps echoing through the hallway, no one there – and no one on the pillow next to you.”
Rick and Morty? He needs to watch The Venture Brothers.
Has there ever been a time where someone was NOT pushing a crappy 3 wheel car as the savior of the automotive world?
People may have called Martin a sap for going against the grain, but I think it showed strength to go out on a limb rather than lumber along with a more conventional design.
My father raised me to love 911s with the simple 60s hot-rodders mindset of “it’s just an air-pump Joe. The faster it can suck air in the top, explode in the middle, and blow it out the bottom, the more power it makes. Why would you want an engine upfront with 10' of exhaust and drivetrain necessary to get the power…
Meh, not so much turbulence as it is discharge coefficient/loss coefficient. Turbulence is just chaotic flow; sharp-edged inlets, turns, etc. have well-structured secondary flow structures that produce losses in either turbulent or laminar flows. Turbulence can actually reduce loss, as it stays attached to surfaces…
Great, that will be the next trend among the tuning crowd. Instead of turbos sticking out, we’ll see bigger and bigger salad bowls. “Yeah, I’m running a stainless 8qt with a vibration-reducing rubber bottom, got me an extra 7.823% power at the crank!” “Oh yeah? I have this lightweight flexible silicone bowl with a…
... weird old hot rodder’s tricks that seem too strange, too goofy to be true.
The best bit is the shifter made from a toilet plunger
WTF is that, salad dressing?
I read the headline and thought “like velocity stacks?” Then I read the article and felt smart! Thanks for giving me the highlight of my day.
It’s all about turbulence. The more laminar the air flow, more CFM can get through the intake. There are only so many inches of vacuum pulling the air in, laminar flow moves much easier than turbulent air. When the air makes a hard 90 to go into the carb, it is a mess of vortices and other turbulent formations.…
I appreciate that this post somehow inspired two separate and totally unrelated BTTF references.
Once you put a coffee can on the exhaust, too, prepare to see some serious shit.
alto means tall in Spanish