[T3] Aerodynamic Drag

Keith Park topnotch at nycap.rr.com
Mon Oct 30 16:52:55 PDT 2023

Interesting, the Square has downforce.  Over the summer I got passed on the northway by some Maybach or something that left me standing still and thought...  Gee... for the next couple miles, there
Wont be any cop's waiting so I took advantage to see what the 2056 would do and once over... well, the speedo wasn’t pegged yet but it started feeling a little light on the front end.  Part was the tires I think, the Nexen's are just an OK tire, not great, a stiffer sidewall would likely have helped and...

Don’t say it!  Not gonna happen with mine...  😊


Topnotch Restorations
topnotch at nycap.rr.com
71 Squareback  “Hothe”
65 Notchback  “El Baja Rojo”
93 RX7  “Redstur”
13 Subaru Outback "Blendin"

-----Original Message-----
From: type3-vwtype3.org <type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org> On Behalf Of John Jaranson
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2023 11:06 PM
To: type3 at vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] Aerodynamic Drag

<Jim Adney wrote…>
Here's a YouTube video that discusses a paper about aerodynamic drag on fastbacks, notchbacks, and squarebacks. The body shapes are more modern than on our cars, but it's still interesting that they used our names.
Here's the link to the video:


And here's the link to the complete paper. I haven't waded thru this yet, but I intend to.


There are some surprises here.

This reminded me of the little aerodynamics page a created years ago for our cars.  It can be found here…


I will have to watch the youtube video tomorrow and take a closer look at the paper to see if it is consistent with what I found and hypothesized.


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