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Well I think that this is it. I have completed the drawings of what my Corvette body kit will look like. These are two versions of the car with and without a spoiler. I took my first car design that I posted on here, made it smaller, and combined it with the C5R front fascia. I hope you like it and I will let you know when it is ready for sale.






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Well, since you are planning a body kit maybe you can answer the question that has been haunting me. Since the C5 corvette came out there has been one area of the area of the car that has generated more controversy and negative comments than any other. I am talking, of course, about the rear end styling. So my question is why is it that nobody making all of these aftermarket designed body kits has tackled that area of the car? Oh, a few people have added a little to the spoiler, but no major changes. The factory was concerned more about lowering the drag more than the aesthetics but let's be realistic here, how many buyers ever spend more than a few seconds at anywhere near top speed. It would seem to me that since this part is a bolt on unit it would have been one of the first areas to get modified. Comments? Anybody?
 

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I love "my" rear end!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif
 

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Jason,

Very Nice indeed!!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_cool.gif
 

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Hermit,

You are alot like I was, why did they make such a rounded car and then put in that 90 degree angle? Well it is just like the way I was with the Ferrari 360 Modena. The 355 was so nice looking and then they built this car like it was from another planet. However, when I started reading about why everything was the way it was, and why it had to be that way, then I got a better sence of the whole car. I started appreciating the function of the car instead of just looking at the "look". When I heard that the Corvette was the way it was, for aerodynamics, I started liking it more and no I wouldn't change it. Even though you are not going top speed you still use that low wind drag everyday, your engine doesn't have to work as hard and you get better gas mileage because you are slicker through the air. So to answer your question I think you should look at it again and also look at the GTS/R Viper prototype, it had the same set-up. I think soon most supercars will have this and it will just be a part of car life.
 

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Don't misunderstand my question. I realize the reason for the style that they came up with. As for my opinion of it, I bought one didn't I?:) It just seems to me that there would be a market for the product and am curious as to why no one has has stepped up to fill the demand. Lord knows there have been a lot of other parts with questionable looks and function produced. Just look at some of the wings people have come up with for the C5. Regarding the aerodynamic aspect I would question whether any of the aftermarket parts could demonstrate much improvement in air flow. Considering the state of the art wind tunnel and computer testing that Chevrolet does with these cars the chances that a small business without access to some pretty sophisticated equipment could improve on their design, especially when you consider the requirements for all around, real world performance, is pretty slim. The closest they could come would probably be by mimicing the C5-R panels, but then you get into the question of practicality in everyday driving situations.
 

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On 2001-04-16 23:29, Hermit spewed forth this drivel:
Regarding the aerodynamic aspect I would question whether any of the aftermarket parts could demonstrate much improvement in air flow. Considering the state of the art wind tunnel and computer testing that Chevrolet does with these cars the chances that a small business without access to some pretty sophisticated equipment could improve on their design, especially when you consider the requirements for all around, real world performance, is pretty slim.
Actually, Hermit, a lot of the answers to your query CAN be found by looking at the after-market components made by GM Motorsports and used by the World Challenge drivers.

A low wind tunnel number is only one piece of the puzzle. Just because you have a low drag number doesnt' mean the car will handle well. In fact, over 90mph, the C5 can become a little squirrely in the back.

I will grant you that small companies can't access high dollar wind tunnels and such. But, it's not hard to figure out how to make an airplane wing. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif That's all we're talking about if you simply want a low drag number.

If you look at what wind tunnels are used for by today's race teams, it's how to move the air around the car and use it for better handling. In other words, how to "balance" the car.

A small lip on the rear fascia of a C5 WILL stabalize the car. This is a common fact that has been well established and doesn't require a wind tunnel. As Bob Dillon said, "you don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows."

The trick to the spoiler is using it to control the balance of the car for better handling. This is a race tested/proven process. Not a wind tunnel issue.

 

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Dang, I sure do like that rear facia wing-thing, John! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif



Now, if only I could "apply" something like that to the car without buying and paint-matching and installing an entire rear facia! lol /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif Oh well.



-Kirk
 
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