Automotive designers should be commended for doing their part to forestall depletion of the precious natural resources necessary to drive internal-combustion engines as we know them today. Aerodynamicists have saved untold barrels of oil purely by styling hybrid-electric vehicles with smooth surfaces, steeply raked windshields, sleeker mirrors and uncluttered underbodies, allowing them to slice through air like a knife through soft butter. But the language of aerodynamics is the same in ...

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