drag coefficient


Definition of drag coefficient

: a factor representing the drag acting on a body (such as an automobile or airfoil)

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Recent Examples on the Web Audi didn’t share drag coefficient or range numbers but did note that this is the first Audi with a flat undercarriage design. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Audi RS e-tron GT Arrives Next Year with 684 Horsepower," 5 Nov. 2020 The car's low drag coefficient—a mere 0.22—will make sure it is used most efficiently. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Revealed, Aims to Redefine Modern Luxury," 2 Sep. 2020 Mercedes is particularly proud of the ultra-low drag coefficient—as little as 0.22—boosting efficiency and improving refinement. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Advances the High-Tech Luxury Sedan," 28 Oct. 2020 The Tuatara also has a more slippery shape, with a smaller frontal area than the Chiron (1.672m2 vs 2.072m2) and a lower drag coefficient (0.279 vs 0.319). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "SSC takes Bugatti’s crown with a new 316mph production car speed record," 19 Oct. 2020 Lucid recently shared its slippery 0.21 drag coefficient, and earlier this year, at an event for reservation holders, Rawlinson showed off the vehicle's single unit that houses the transmission, inverter, and motor. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Lucid Air EV Has a Projected 517 Miles of Range, and We Saw 458 Miles on a Real-World Ride-Along," 11 Aug. 2020 For those keeping score, the drag coefficient is 0.28; no word on frontal area, though. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Everything we know about Volkswagen’s $40,000 ID.4 electric crossover," 23 Sep. 2020 Build a model that uses a more dynamic value of the drag coefficient. Rhett Allain, Wired, "The Cool Physics of a Supersonic Baseball," 23 Sep. 2020 Moreover, Honda managed to make this package aerodynamic with a low, sloping hood, flush windshield moldings, and a vestigial roof spoiler; the factory claims a drag coefficient of 0.40 and zero lift. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Honda City Makes a Case for Minicars in America," 9 July 2020

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Drag coefficient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drag%20coefficient. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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