A conituation of the 1967 Camaro Styling History
Flow visualization studies were also conducted, using the ink stain method. After the flow pattern was established in the tunnel, photographic records of the results were made.
The test model was sculptured in clay on a wood frame, to an accurate quarter size representation of the Sport Coupe model. Model weight was added and distributed front to rear to simulate a Camaro equipped with a V-8 engine and passenger load. A major advantage of clay for the test model was the ease with which variations and changes could be made in the tunnel and tested immediately. A modeler accompanied the Chevrolet and Staff stylists, engineers and test observers just for this purpose.
Final aerodynamic coefficent data and the flow visualization studies confirmed the basic functional aspect of the Camaro styling, and allowed perfecting of the approach in several particulars. Revised fairing of the front fender leading surfaces and a reduction in the front valance rake were two changes resulting from the wind tunnel tests.
More to come in the next blog.
by Donald H. McPherson, Charles M. Rubly, and Victor D. Valade
the Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Motor Div.
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