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Skoda drag coefficient for Enyaq Coupe and Fabia

CZECH car maker Skoda its claiming its latest models are the most aerodynamic in their class with the company's designers working hard to reduce drag in design.

The company says some of its new models have lower drag figures than a bullet, a Formula 1 car and even a NASA space rocket.

Aerodynamics play an important role in the efficiency of any car but their significance is paramount in the case of electric vehicles.

With minimising drag being key to improving the range of battery-powered models, designers ensured that the new Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV benefitted from as many aerodynamics-enhancing features as possible, achieving a drag coefficient of 0.23.

The fourth-generation Fabia achieves an efficiency of 0.28 Cd thanks to enhancements developed over the course of over 3,000 computer simulations and then fine-tuned by frequent test drives.

This results in a car which, despite being larger than its predecessor, has a drag coefficient improved by almost ten per cent, setting a new benchmark in the small car segment.

The latest Kodiaq SUV is also more aerodynamically efficient than ever before and has a drag coefficient of 0.31.

Skoda says that a bullet has a coefficient of 0.30 while the iconic 1980s wedge-shape of the Ferrari F40 - one of the most recognisable supercar designs of all time - has a drag coefficient of 0.34.

A modern Formula 1 car lags even further behind, with a coefficient of just 0.7 and NASA's Mercury-Atlas rocket had a drag coefficient of up to 0.55when travelling at Mach 1.5.

However Skoda points out there's still a long way to go before automotive design catches up to nature with small birds achieving a remarkably low coefficient of just 0.08.


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