This Is How Aerodynamics Works in Vehicles

Aerodynamics consists of two forces: drag and lift.
Loukia Papadopoulos

If you are not familiar with it, the word aerodynamics may sound a bit strange. This is because it stems from two Greek words: ἀήρ, meaning aero and δυναμική, meaning force.

Put together they mean the science of the motion of air, particularly when affected by a solid object. The term also refers to the way an object's shape influences how it moves through the air. Aerodynamics is especially relevant when it comes to vehicles.

Indeed, aerodynamic cars are in big demand. But which cars may be considered more aerodynamic than others may surprise you.

Aerodynamics in vehicles affects how the bodies accelerate, what wind noise they produce and what mileage they rack up. 

One good way to describe aerodynamics is to think of how a vehicle cuts through a wall of air. Vehicles with better aerodynamics don't have to work as hard to push through a wall of air as those with poorer aerodynamics.

In order to improve a vehicle's aerodynamics, designers have two work on two forces: drag and lift. There is a variety of ways they can do this.

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If you want to know exactly what aerodynamics is, how it relates to vehicles, and how vehicles are built with improved aerodynamics, watch our video. Then share with us your favorite aerodynamic vehicles.

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