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This just in!
(Excerpted from The Truth About Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/news.html):

We had a quick word with Ralph Gilles, the 34-year-old designer of Chrysler’s gangsta-mobile 300. Or is it a classic, sophisticated luxury car? “People see what they want to see in the design,” Gilles says, acknowledging the car’s appeal to both urban street culture and the white-shoe-and-belt brigade. Both sides agree that the 300’s massive front grill sets the tone for the entire car. ”It’s twice the size of any other car out there,” Gilles admits proudly. “It’s like a man with his chest puffed out.” Yes but… how could Gilles and his team give the 300 a prison wall front end and still maintain anything approaching aerodynamic efficiency?

According to Chrysler, the 300 has a CD [coefficient of drag] of .33. The 300C-- with its 18” tires-- has a .34 CD. That’s damn slippery for a big, bluff shape like the 300. [Sports cars usually have coefficients of between .28 and .45] The trick? “Underbody aerodynamics,” Gilles reveals. “Our specialists did a lot of neat stuff with the underside, most of it built right in to the chassis. Even the shape of the fuel tank was designed to reduce drag.” :eek: Although the 300 wasn’t the first car to spend some quality time in Chrysler’s new, full-size wind tunnel, the car proves once again that art and science make a charming couple. Or, in this, case, a bad-ass dynamic duo.
 

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This CD is quite good, recently I read somewhere that pick up trucks have less drag and lift with the tailgait up, contrary to what one might think.
 
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