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FastSkinz??????

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by MRCapps, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Sep 8, 2009 at 6:50 PM
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    MRCapps

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    So, I was looking into paint colors and MPG and ran across this. It's called Fast Skinz and it is a 'wrap' that goes over your paint job. It has tiny little dimples in it like a golf ball and claims to increase gas mileage up to 20%! Thats a lot but aerodynamics is a key factor in MPGs! Decided that i would see what you guys thought.... BS or not?
     
  2. Sep 8, 2009 at 6:51 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Link please?

    I have been wondering about this, but not really wanting to take a ball peen hammer to my truck to find out.
     
  3. Sep 8, 2009 at 6:52 PM
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    beastlytaco

    beastlytaco This is TW. One never knows what is a joke anymore

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    uhhh, golf balls go reallly fast. cars arent so fast like that
     
  4. Sep 8, 2009 at 6:56 PM
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    they showed this product on daily planet and used a porsche on a test track, showing the results with and without it


    definitely was interesting
     
  6. Sep 8, 2009 at 7:15 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    I can see how this would work.
     
  7. Sep 11, 2009 at 6:58 AM
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    ItalynStylion

    ItalynStylion Sounds Gooooood

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    ....yet
     
  8. Sep 11, 2009 at 7:19 AM
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    then you're not doing it right :cool:
     
  9. Sep 11, 2009 at 7:27 AM
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    I don't see how that would work, I rolled a truck once and drove it once the engine was cleaned up but left the body damage. Didn't improve anything! What about all the hail damaged vehicles? Are they getting better MPG?

    Ok so those weren't great examples, but I don't see how it would work, maybe I just don't understand. 20% is a lot, normally you can't trust them when they say 10% so should I trust them that much less? Hock its been raining the last few days and I was just thinking.
     
  10. Sep 11, 2009 at 7:35 AM
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    sounds like the same principle that high speed boats use.

    the steps you see on the bottom of boats introduce air between the hull and the water, thus reducing the water drag.

    i guess it is doing the same thing
     
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    I didn't think of it like that sock. Good point.
     
  12. Sep 11, 2009 at 7:39 AM
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    This is what I was thinking. I noticed on my boat, if I wax the hull, my top speed goes down 2 to 3 mph. I pulled the wax off, and its back up to normal. I can understand the theory behind this, and though a truck/car doesnt move at the spped of a golf ball, their frontal area is MUCH larger. Myth busters is going to be doing a test on this to see, but Im not sure if they are going to be able to accuratly make a decision. If my truck ever gets hail damaged, I will leave it, and find out myself. Interesting thing, though.....My Dad always reported better fuel burn rate in his plane AFTER we waxed it... SO....Who knows.
     
  13. Sep 11, 2009 at 8:03 AM
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    there was an experiment on the old F-16XL, in the mid 90's, that was using a Super Laminar Flow Control Glove (photo link at bottom of page) on the wings that was doing the opposite of the fastskinz concept.

    it was creating a vacuum to remove this turbulent air to reduce friction for sustained supersonic flight.

    intersting stuff
     
  14. Sep 12, 2009 at 1:13 AM
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    yeah, idk! Wont be buying it though until some more research is done..... so, maybe never:)
     
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