I will say 'Don't do it' - to the morons in the design department who made the front end of most post-model year 2010 cars so darn low to the ground!Pulling into a parking place with concrete parking stop. The
front lip scrapes the undercarriage. What would you
recommend to prevent scrapes (lip guard) etc. Please
no dumb comment like don't do it.
^ Dunning–Kruger effect. . . the morons in the design department who made the front end of most post-model year 2010 cars so darn low to the ground!
They could do enough of that without lowering the damn front end of the car so low that drivers consistently run the risk of scraping the front splitter every time they pull off a road into a parking lot or driveway.^ Dunning–Kruger effect
There's a reason why cars are designed the way they are.
To improve Cd, designers may make the following changes:
Ford's Wegryn also predicts increased use of active aerodynamic devices in the future, such as:
- Adjust the front fascia and air dam to reduce drag under the vehicle
How to Improve the Aerodynamics of Your Car Automakers spend a lot of time optimizing vehicles' aerodynamics. But is there anything we can do to improve — or at least not degrade — the aerodynamics of our own vehicles?
- Active ride height that lowers the vehicle at speed, which Ford employed on the Lincoln Mark VIII and which appears on Mercedes-Benz vehicles with Airmatic suspensions. According to Mercedes, "Lowering the ride height at speed results in a 3-percent improvement in drag."
You'll also improve aerodynamics by:
You can reduce your vehicle's aerodynamics by:
- Reducing the use of roof racks
- Rolling up your windows and turning on the air conditioner at higher speeds, typically above 35 mph
- Replacing a broken or missing front air dam
- Lowering your vehicle
- Running narrower tires
- Choosing smoother wheels (ideally, flush discs like those on vehicles trying to set land speed records)
- Lifting it — "an inch of increased ride height degrades the coefficient of drag by about 10 drag counts [.01]," says Wegryn.
In post #3, after critcizing automotive designers for making recent model lips/noses so low in the first place, I did recommend running slightly higher than recommended tire pressures to see if that helps. Such might raise the front lip a few mm, enough to make a difference, depending on your speed when negotiating a parking space.
It's amazing how parking stops, islands, and curbs get taller, as folks get into newer cars with lesser and lesser ground clearance.You just have to be cognizant of the car's front end clearance
24/7. Especially when pulling into a parking spot with curbs
and or parking stops as they are seemingly getting taller every
You're wayy overthinking it - just grab a 6th or 7th gen Accord, and most, not all, of those issues will be moot!If The_K_Man were in charge of designing cars...
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- Small diameter wheels and tall sidewall tires to give you that comfortable ride? Check.
- Glass headlamp (because plastic is stupid)? Check
- Front bumper/lip/nose with plenty of clearance? Check
- Low belt line? Check
- Low dash cowl? Check
- Open airy cabin with large windows for visibility? Check
- Door sill too high? Put in a mini step ladder for easier ingress.