Is The Porsche 928 Is More Aerodynamic In Reverse?

By | November 4, 2010

Mythbusters Porsche 928The SEMA show in Las Vegas has answered a lot of questions we’ve had. How many Ferrari 458 Italias haven’t burned down? According to the show floor, about a million are still left (yes, they’re dime-a-dozen here). How expensive is the cafe food outside the show hall? $8.50 for a sandwich…I’d rather starve, thanks. Is the Porsche 928 more aerodynamic in reverse? ….wait, what?

Odd question, we agree. But it looks like enough people have wondered if this 80′s Porsche is actually more effective at cutting through air in reverse than going forward, that it wasn’t just asked at SEMA- it was asked by the boys at Mythbusters. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Mythbusters have dabbled in the automotive world (you remember that 650 mph rocket sled hitting the car, right?) and this time they have truly outdone themselves to answer this question that has apparently plagued people for two whole days at SEMA.

To prove or debunk this myth the car obviously has to be driven backwards. So to cope with this problem, the driver’s seat was simply turned around and the steering wheel attached to rear wheels that can now, with a few modifications, turn! And while we’re not entirely sure how the drivetrain will work and if it’s still a rear wheel drive (and turning) car, we can all find out together when the Mythbusters episode airs on the Discovery channel November 17th.

[Chad Waite]


2 Comments

Bags on November 4, 2010 at 8:52 pm.

That is nuts… glad you’re enjoying the show. I’ll mail you a cookie so you don’t starve.

simkatu on April 21, 2011 at 4:02 am.

Actually they just pulled the outside body of the car off of its frame and rotated it 180 degrees and put it back on. The drive train, wheels, transmission, and steering all all the same with little modifications. The only change is the body now faces the other way.

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