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Bug splats: better or worse than other cars?

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by William13, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. William13

    William13 Member

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    What do you think about the aerodynamics of the Model S with regards to bugs? Now that spring is back and I see the bug smears on my car grill and windshield, I wonder, does the new car aerodynamics cause more or fewer bugs to hit than other similar cars? My wife's Highlander hits more rocks and bugs than any other vehicle I have ever seen.
     
  2. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    I'm more worried that the silence of EVs will result in more bugs being snuck up on and killed. I'm sure some legislation will fix that.
     
  3. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Better aerodynamics should sweep more bugs over/around the car.
     
  4. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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  5. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    To my surprise, the Roadster survived almost spotless both the May and September Lovebug seasons last year. If the Model S has aerodynamics anywhere near the the Roadster then it will be great.

    P.S. This is what a truck looks like:
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  6. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I hadn't even thought about the fact that my Roadster remained pretty much bug-free - but of course it's the aerodynamics. Thanks for pointing it out! (And Nigel, that truck is just nasty.)
     
  7. Doug_G

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    In my experience the more aerodynamic cars get fewer bug splats than the leading brand...
     
  8. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    How many get consumed by the mouth.
     
  9. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Funny guy. No, even my front plate (yes, I have a front plate) has been bug-free.
     
  10. Doug_G

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    I wouldn't say my car stays entirely bug-free, but I'm sure we get orders of magnitude more bugs here.

    And no, with the top down you don't get bugs in your face. Heck, the Mythbusters showed that if you drive fast enough in a convertible you don't even get wet if it's raining...
     
  11. dadaleus

    dadaleus 4GETOIL P85#S70,FdrX,S85D

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    I third the very few bugs on the Roadster report. And Elon bragged about the incredibly good aerodynamics of the S at the factory event so I'd expect similar results.
     
  12. SByer

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    Blech, had to remind me. With the change in climate, the bugs on Skyline were thick late last May. Gack. Hard to pedal while trying to cough something up.
     
  13. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    the Prius has a very low Cd, but those areas that are less 'slippery' still tend to get nailed to some degree. The flat of the front bumper and the windsheild still get some pretty good hits. That said, on similar drives it certainly fares better than my wife's Highlander Hybrid.
     
  14. ElSupreme

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    Yes I agree. I bet you get more 'streaking' splats than direct hits.
     
  15. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    Showing a truck from Florida is cheating. I used to kill lovebugs with a golf club when I was a kid. The shaft of the golf club would look the same as that truck after a couple of minutes of swiping.
     
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    I must live in an area with many bugs as my Roadster and our Prius which is very aerodynamic end up with MANY bug splats across the front.
     
  17. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I don't get that many bugs on the Prius, but chips are another matter. All cars that don't have a square front get rock chips as far as I can tell.
     
  18. kgb

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    My roadster drives under the bugs! :wink:
     

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