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    Cajun's Next Mercedes



    Mercedes' fish-inspired car

    When Mercedes-Benz began to contemplate its next generation of high-efficiency small cars, it sought aquatic inspiration.

    But instead of considering obvious undersea hot rods like sharks, the Mercedes team turned to a fish that resembled a car: the tropical boxfish.

    A native of the Indo-Pacific region, the Ostracion cubicus is surprisingly slick.

    Wind-tunnel testing of a clay model revealed a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.06, startlingly close to the ideal 0.04 of a water droplet.

    Like the droplet, the boxfish's face is small in proportion to its overall length, and its streamlined surfaces encourage air to move over it without creating the turbulence that robs aerodynamic efficiency.

    Mercedes' Bionic concept vehicle mimics this functional form.

    With a Cd of just 0.19, the four-seat Bionic is significantly more slippery than today's most aerodynamic production vehicle, Honda's two-seat Insight (Cd 0.25).

    The design team eschewed expensive, complicated and heavy fuel-cell or hybrid powertrains, opting instead for a 1.9-liter four-cylinder direct-injection turbodiesel that pushes the fishmobile to 62 mph in 8.2 seconds with a combined city/highway fuel economy of 70 mpg.

    At a constant 56 mph, the concept car will return an amazing 84 mpg.

    Although the Bionic isn't coming to your local dealership, Mercedes does expect it to significantly influence the design language of its next generation of small cars.

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/03/08/cars.fish.popsci/index.html

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    Re: Cajun's Next Mercedes

    Woh-Hoh Cajun!!
    I wonder if it comes in a convertible?

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    Re: Cajun's Next Mercedes

    That thing looks horrible.
    I'd ride a bicycle everyday before I'd pay a dime for that junk.
    The best part of my day is when I get down on my knees, with my head in my hands, and thank GOD for everything he has given me.

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    Re: Cajun's Next Mercedes

    Can I put a mercedes emblem on my bike?

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    Re: Cajun's Next Mercedes

    "Webby" wrote:
    Can I put a mercedes emblem on my bike?
    if your heart desires then yes... yes you can ;D, but make sure u got leather seat

    Thanks josdin00

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    Re: Cajun's Next Mercedes

    "Webby" wrote:
    Can I put a mercedes emblem on my bike?
    Duct tape can work miracles.
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    Re: Cajun's Next Mercedes

    Mercedes:

    -Sno

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    good god that thing is ugly

    but if that MPG is correct, thats incredible


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    Re: Cajun's Next Mercedes

    jeez cajun must be one lucky guy... 8)

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