EvNation, thanks for clearing that up. Being from Denver, CO I am very aware of what gravel can do to exposed paint areas behind wheels. Thanks! I did not see the turbulators in front of the wheels before. Thanks for posting pics. Those "plates" turbulate the air ahead of the wheels. Since turbulated air has less than half the drag of seperated air, it is a good trade-off for efficiency at higher speeds. 100% Laminar flow 100% of the time is the holy grail of aerodynamics but is pretty much a theoretical ideal and useless in the real world. It's the reason they put dimples on golf balls, etc.
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