National Geographic : 1998 May
Aerodynamically speaking, a Dodge Stratus is one A slippery car. Is it possible to see the future, then, in the rear-view mirror? Powder-coatpaint technology will give you a paintfinish tough enough to help protect -a car's shiny overcoatfrom flying gravel. When it comes to what you'll expect down the road, do we have things pretty well covered? Dodgepioneered the cab-forwarddesign concept moving the wheels out to the corners and sliding the passengercompartment forward. Can cab-forward roominess create more room even in the trunk? N ,1 You'd expect a race car to be graded on a curve. S Well, if race cars inspired us to modify a double wishbone suspension, can you handle it? It's a simple engineering principle: lose weight, gain performance. But can a whole battery of ideas that enhance performance include simply moving the battery? These are the questions. Do you have to choose between the convenience of an automatic transmissionand the perfor mance of manual shifting? Or can an availableAutoStick® transaxle shift an automatic a little more towardfun? Car chassis have traditionally been built on a "floorpan" design. Can a platform that incorporates a continuous rigid,ladder type frame improve ride and handling characteristics? Can this help us reach a high level of performance? Take something as simple as an engine mount - a combination of steel and rubber that holds the engine to the frame rail. Can we mount a good argument that a device filled with liquid could minimize engine vibration and help make things quieter? Let's see, there's more room up front.There's more room in back. Is everyone comfortable with cab-forward? Always use seat belts. Remember a backseat is the safest place for children.