• May 11, 2009
Fastskinz MPG-Plus vehicle wrap - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Earlier this year, we wondered out loud if it was really possible to achieve drastically improved fuel economy figures through the use of a dimpled vinyl automotive wrap. The premise is pretty simple: just as golf balls and recent high-tech sporting outerwear feature an uneven surface to cut down on wind resistance, a similar pattern could be applied to the outer skin of an automobile to achieve greater aerodynamic efficiency – at least theoretically.

In fact, a company called Fastskinz has stepped up to the plate, saying it can increase overall vehicle fuel mileage by up to 20% with its decidedly simple vinyl wrap. Naturally, Popular Mechanics decided that bold claim was worth investigating.

To properly test the Fastskinz wrap, PM obtained two identically-prepared 2009 Ford Flex test vehicles. Both examples had about 8,000 miles on the odometer, featured the same powertrain combination and had similar levels of equipment. One vehicle was wrapped by Fastskinz with its MPG-Plus coating and the other was left just as Henry Bill Ford himself intended. The results? Click here to read the whole story.



[Source: Popular Mechanics]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      oooo! speed holes!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So how is it these shady manufacturers can make all these bogus claims, steal all these people's money, and there be no material consequences? You see BS ads like this all the time and I've never been able to figure out how these thieves are able to operate in broad daylight without any fear of getting caught or punished.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gold ball also spin, that makes them go straighter and bottom spin can add lift.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What they meant to say is that FastSkinz increases the time it takes to wash your car 20%.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The skin just adds weight. Dumping weight is by far the easiest way to increase your MPG.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or by driving with more even throttle response.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whats the critical Reynolds number for a Ford Flex :p
      • 5 Years Ago
      Vehicle Wraps is the faster growing industry. Not only businesses are wrapping their fleet vehicle but now regular consumers are also wrapping their personal car. Instead of painting the car, that will loses it value and with wraps it cost a lot less then custom paint job. With that in mind, most people now & days leases their car and with lease car their are so much you can customize them. Now you can change the colors of your car without having paint them. Best of all it does not harm the factory paint but instead it protects it from UV rays and even rock chips. At www.loudocean.com they specialized in vehicle wrapping and can change the color of your car within couple days. Not only will wrapping the car changes the color of the vehicle, it can have different finished like gloss, matte and even metallic. At loudocean.com they wrapped BMW M3 flat black that looks just like paint. you can also check it out at the bimmer fest blog page.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Check out the new Vehicle wraps that actually light up illumiwraps.com or lumabrite.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      illumiwraps.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      So in all, a big waste of money that uglies up your ride.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it would've been more relevant to test both cars before applying the wrap and seeing if there was a difference. popular mechanics, you fail at designing relevant experiments.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If any of these MPG gimmicks actually worked, the manufactures would've used them on their cars by now.
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