1966-02-01

The Aerodynamic Design of the Goldenrod - To Increase Stability, Traction, and Speed 660390

A major consideration for world land speed record automobiles is the influence of aerodynamic design on traction, stability, and speed. The features of the successful Goldenrod are described through preliminary design, wind tunnel testing, modifications, performance calculations, and vehicle tests on the Bonneville Salt Flats. These features include lowest minimum drag coefficient (0.1165); download (negative lift) from the shape of the basic body alone; and high-speed stability without the addition of horizontal or vertical fins, spoilers, or weight (ballast).
Design requirements were achieved by the model in wind tunnel tests and the car performed as predicted by these tests, setting a new world record in third gear. The Goldenrod appears to have sufficient potential to also challenge the world speed record for piston engined aircraft.

SAE MOBILUS

Subscribers can view annotate, and download all of SAE's content. Learn More »

Access SAE MOBILUS »

Members save up to 18% off list price.
Login to see discount.
Special Offer: Download multiple Technical Papers each year? TechSelect is a cost-effective subscription option to select and download 12-100 full-text Technical Papers per year. Find more information here.
We also recommend:
TECHNICAL PAPER

Engineering of a Bonneville Land Speed Record Streamliner

2004-01-3524

View Details

TECHNICAL PAPER

Computational Fluid Dynamics Development of the JCB DIESELMAX Land Speed Record Vehicle

2007-01-3856

View Details

TECHNICAL PAPER

Racecar Aerodynamic Optimization for an E-1 Class Streamliner Using Arbitrary Shape Deformation

2007-01-3858

View Details

X