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Nose/tail curves - now you see it now you don't!

Discussion in 'Model S' started by TEG, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    As I looked through all these 'S' photos, I was baffled by the way some seemed to have a protruding nose, and others nearly none at all. The way it curves makes the car really change character from different angles.

    Compare these two:
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    3388886540_e578374447.jpg
    Notice how the first seems to have a "big nose", but "no tail",
    but the 2nd has a "big tail", but "no nose". It is interesting that way. Since I haven't seen it in person it is hard to grasp, but it looks like it has a much more curved/rounded profile than most other cars on the road.

    Has anyone who has seen it in person noticed that? As you go past do the overhangs seem to disappear?
     
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    The top view to get a better idea of the real curves:
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    Lot lot of your consternation could be explained by lens choice and distance to subject.

    Even the overhead is probably close distance/wide lens/off center.
     
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    Thanks... I would probably say bemusement not consternation.
     
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    On that overhead shape you can see that the car seems to taper in at the back. Have they taken the EV1 aerodynamic shape and incorporated it into that of a GT without it being blatant?
     
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    Back in the '70s my dad had a 'Citroen SM' which I gather was ahead of its' time.
    It had:
    #1: Wide front tapering in the rear.
    #2: Insight like rear wheel covers.
    #3: Fastback style hatchback.
    citroensm.jpg
    (his other car as an electric VW 'voltsrabbit')
     
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    Funny thing is, this SM had lower Cd than even Model S has.
    According to Wikipedia, it was 0.26 (Model S has 0.27, same as new Mazda6, Opel Insignia etc).
     

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