June 7, 2023

At first of 2023, the nice individuals on the Division of Experimental Psychology at College School London surveyed 200 males between the ages of 18 and 74, and supposedly found scientifically what all of us knew already: Males driving quick automobiles doubtless have small dicks.

Put extra exactly, the authors acknowledged that there was “an informal psychological hyperlink between quick automobiles and small penises.” The considering, based on their paper, is that males who imagine they’re one way or the other missing within the trouser division usually tend to rush out and purchase, say, a Porsche 911 or a Ferrari.

It will get worse for older gents. The experiment, which has not but undergone peer overview, discovered that “males over 30 specifically rated sports activities automobiles as extra fascinating once they had been made to really feel that they’d a small penis.”

One suspects the lecturers might hear the cries of “Quelle suprise!” even earlier than they completed their research.

Automobile design is, sadly, nonetheless virtually completely a male house. However now, fortunately, the character of EVs and the necessity for range-extending slippy aerodynamics has at the very least began to shift new automotive kinds away from todger-compensating tropes similar to energy bulges, aggressive haunches, and ridiculous spoilers, as a substitute bringing in subtler, aero-friendly strains. Admittedly, poor examples following this new path have greater than a whiff of “Jell-O-mold” about them (we’re you Mercedes EQS), however when accomplished proper you get one thing just like the Ioniq 6.

Not a Jelly Bean in Sight

When Hyundai revealed the Ioniq 6 in 2022, SangYup Lee, government vice chairman and head of the Hyundai International Design Middle, referred to the automotive’s sweeping silhouette as “streamliner typology,” citing the penchant for aerodynamic automotive design within the Nineteen Thirties and ’40s.

The 6’s environment friendly, single-curve profile affords it a drag coefficient of simply 0.21, a mere smidge behind the 0.20 claimed by the aforementioned EQS, presently the world’s most aerodynamic automotive. However that is the purpose: I would swap that paltry 0.01 benefit of the uninteresting Mercedes for the way more thought of design of the Ioniq 6 any day. Right here Hyundai proves sensible, aero-centric design will be engaging, from any angle. Others appear to agree. On the 2023 World Automobile Awards, the 6 drove off with design of the yr, EV of the yr, and total automotive of the yr.

Regardless of this mighty spectacular lack of drag, which helps supposedly propel the Ioniq 6 as much as 361 miles on a single cost within the long-range model, Simon Loasby, vice chairman and head of Hyundai Model Group, wished extra. “We had been desperately looking for options to get all the way down to one of the best drag we might within the early days. I had a T-shirt made that stated ‘0.1x,’ as a result of I wished to get below 0.2 as a purpose. We did not obtain it, after all. But when getting 0.21 is failure, then I am pleased with that failure,” he says.

“One of many tips we got here up with was a quite simple resolution,” says Loasby. “Figuring out we’ve a brief entrance overhang, it is onerous to connect the airflow onto the edges of the automotive. So we stuffed up the hole in entrance of the entrance wheel by 25 millimeters, bridging it, so much less turbulence happens round that entrance wheel. That gave us the final counts we would have liked to get all the way down to 0.21. By no means seen it on any automotive earlier than, by no means really tried it earlier than.”

One other instance of design fostering incremental aero good points comes from Hyundai’s head of aerodynamics, who, on analyzing the actual spoiler, realized they need to ditch a straight form and as a substitute mannequin the 6’s on the Supermarine Spitfire wing, however enhance on it by including downturned winglets on the ends. “Closing the hole between this spoiler and the physique floor stops a vortex increase. The vortex places vitality into the wind, and this implies misplaced vitality from the automotive,” says Loasby. “We’d adore it to be rise and fall spoiler, however that is extra weight and extra price.”

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